Akshara is a multi-cultural, multi-arts organization, based in Ann Arbor, Michigan but with a global reach, presenting arts inspired by India. We strive to create artistic excellence in all our programming, while remaining strongly established in our community. We believe that positive engagement through the arts, sharing and appreciating the cultural contexts for the arts, and nurturing respect and inclusion help us to make meaningful connections through our humanity.
Our work is motivated by two primary impulses: To create art that is innovative, cuts across artistic genres and collaborative in nature, and To create a bridge between the traditional and the contemporary, both thematically and in presentation. Akshara YouTube Channel Innovative, Multi-arts and Collaborative Akshara draws its inspiration to work across a range of… Continue reading Our Work
The Rasa Dance Festival A two-day extravaganza of six exciting new Indian classical and contemporary dance works, by local Michigan and invited dance companies from Washington, DC and Philadelphia. Saturday, September 23, 2017, 7pm Kali-Krishna: two sides of darkness in Odissi: Sreyashi Dey, with Akshara (Ann Arbor, Washington, DC) Untitled in contemporary style: Bipasha Guptaroy (Troy) Find… Continue reading Rasa Dance Festival
Our Mandate We believe that it is absolutely critical at this time to stimulate culturally diverse, open and creative dialogues in our communities. Art is a significant stimulus in this process. In the recent words of renowned artist, Shahzia Sikander, “Creativity has no national, racial or religious boundaries. It is the power of the imagination… Continue reading Support
“Bravo Sreyashi, I thoroughly enjoyed the music, singing and dance last night. I was not expecting such a mixture of jazz and traditional music. Wonderful and interesting. The dancing was intriguing and impossible to ignore. There was a real connection with the music and words. Loved it. Well done!”
“The Erasing Borders evening ended with “Dashavatar,” in which five women of Srishti Dances of India performed Odissi and Bharatanatyam styles in counterpoint. The gleam of their belts, the luster of a marigold fabric registered splendidly, but so, too, did the interplay of rhythmic traveling and richly sculptural stillness. This was the dance chronicling the 10 avatars of Vishnu; you could see the dancers seamlessly switching into drama and out of it.”