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.

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“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!”

Dr. David Canter, former head of Pfizer research in Ann Arbor; Sr. Associate VP, University of Michigan; Executive Director, North Campus Research Complex

“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.”


Alastair Macaulay, The New York Times, August 21, 201