Bringing
Quality Theatre Education

Bringing Quality Theatre Education

About Ekalavya

Ekalavya is a leading online learning platform for aspiring storytellers, actors and performing artistes across India. It brings a holistic curriculum taught by the best-in-class mentors, using innovative practice-based training methods to kickstart your acting career.

Handcrafted by the stellar faculty of the Drama School Mumbai, with the help of celebrity faculty and top industry experts, it aims to introduce you to the world of drama from the comfort of your homes.

Our Key Ingredients

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Best-in-class instructors

Learn from top DSM faculty and leading theatre practitioners bringing holistic experience and knowledge of the industry

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Practice-based pedagogy

Experience action-focussed lessons that keep the baton of learning and discovery in your hands

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A Mark of Excellence

Joint certification from Ekalavya Online School of Drama and Drama School Mumbai, one of India’s pioneering schools for the Dramatic Arts

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Anytime, Anywhere

Get access to the best formal theatre education wherever you go at a fraction of the cost

Ekalavya

Best-in-class instructors

Learn from top DSM faculty and leading theatre practitioners bringing holistic experience and knowledge of the industry

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Progressive curriculum

Our courses break down a formal theatre curriculum into bite-sized, easy-to-grasp concepts enabling learners with the fundamentals of acting

Ekalavya

Practice-based pedagogy

Experience action-focussed lessons that keep the baton of learning and discovery in your hands

Ekalavya

A Mark of Excellence

Joint certification from Ekalavya Online School of Drama and Drama School Mumbai, one of India’s pioneering schools for the Dramatic Arts

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Anytime,
Anywhere

Get access to the best formal theatre education wherever you go at a fraction of the cost

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Best-in-class
instructors

Learn from top DSM faculty and leading theatre practitioners bringing holistic experience and knowledge of the industry

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Progressive
curriculum:

Our courses break down a formal theatre curriculum into bite-sized, easy-to-grasp concepts enabling learners with the fundamentals of acting

Foundations That Build Us

MISSION

  • To democratise access to high-quality theatre education to millions of Indians who dream of becoming actors and directors.
  • To promote self-learning, enable creative expression and cultivate theatre as a way of life.
  • To be the essential first step in the journey of self-discovery for those who want to awaken the performer and storyteller within them.

VISION

  • To be the most desirable and innovative learning platform for dramatics and allied creative arts in India.
  • To have a million new stories from a million new voices added to the narrative of our nation.

Our Story

The need that started it all

India is abounding with talented, driven and capable individuals with a passion and curiosity for performing arts and creative storytelling. Ekalavya addresses the financial, social, and geographical barriers to entry to the Theatre and Performing Arts industry.

Ekalavya works with stellar faculty and course directors to create high-impact, online courses in Theatre and Acting with the aim to empower aspiring actors, performers, and theatre-makers with the right tools to kick-start their creative journey.

Our Commitment

Ekalavya is built on the belief that training is not a privilege but a right for everyone.

Jehan Manekshaw

Jehan Manekshaw
Head of school, Drama School Mumbai
Co-founder, Ekalavya

The Inspiration

The Need That Started It All

The story of Ekalavya is a story of courage, valour and dedication. He is the epitome of self-taught excellence. Ekalavya fed his hunger for learning and new knowledge with self-discipline and personal determination. Inspired by the story from the epic, we are here to be the catalysts in your journey of self-discovery.

Ekalavya will open the doors of self-learning and exploration, and help you become a good actor, a better storyteller, and a better human being. It will inspire and help you to become your own version of Ekalavya.

The Ekalavya Identity

Ekalavya is more than a mere throwback to an entrenched legend in our culture. We’re looking at the story with new eyes, emphasising the value and necessity of self-learning in the digital era. The outcome is a brand that embraces the wonders of modern technology while being firmly rooted in tradition.

The logo comprises three key elements: first, the letter E itself, a central tenet of the brand name; second, building blocks that reference learning and growth; and third, an arrow that takes us back to the legend while indicating constant movement and progress.

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Meet The Founders

Ekalavya is brought to you by leading professionals and top educators
in the Theatre and Performing Arts industry. Their entrepreneurial
vision and diverse experiences shape Ekalavya as an innovative
platform that promotes inclusivity, empathy and the
pursuit of excellence.

Ekalavya is brought to you by leading professionals and top educators in the Theatre and Performing Arts industry. Their entrepreneurial vision and diverse experiences shape Ekalavya as an innovative platform that promotes inclusivity, empathy and the pursuit of excellence.

Maneesh

Maneesh Verma

Project Director, Ekalavya
Founder, Collective Madness Studios

Hetal

Hetal Varia

Course Director, Ekalavya
Resident Voice Faculty, Drama School Mumbai

Jehan

Jehan Manekshaw

Head of School, Drama School Mumbai

Maneesh has over 25 years of extensive theatre experience with 60 major theatre productions. For the last 12 years, he has been producing theatre in multiple genres like musicals, social drama, comedy & plays for children.
He holds a Master’s degree in Acting and Theatre-Making from the National School of Drama.

Apart from being a professional actor, he is also a corporate trainer and regularly works with CSW Associates as a performance consultant on training projects for multi-national companies like Goldman Sachs, Apple, Deutsche Bank, Merrill Lynch, UBS, Microsoft, Barclays and others.

Since 2007, Maneesh has worked in over a hundred productions performing in Dubai, Japan, Hong Kong and America.

Hetal Varia is a world-renowned Mumbai-based voice, accent and dialect coach. She has been working in the theatre industry for more than 15 years as a singer and actor.

Her accolades include awards such as Charles Wallace India Trust Award from the British Council, Diversity Scholarship from the Voice And Speech Trainers Association (VASTA) and Best Singer Award from Lion’s Club.
She holds a Masters in Voice Studies from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, London. She has also been invited to speak as part of an upcoming international panel of BIPOC (Black, Indeginous, and Person of Colour) TV/Film Accent and Dialect Coaches for VASTA Conference, 2021.

Hetal has been a voice coach to many industry professionals including Mithila Palkar, Sonali Kulkarni, Abhimanyu Dassani, Manoj Bajpayee and others. Most recently, she served as the Dialect Coach for the cast of ‘A Suitable Boy’ that was released on Netflix earlier last year.

Jehan is the Head of the Drama School Mumbai and leads pedagogy and course design for the faculty and guest faculty teams. He has co-designed and developed many strategic Drama-in-Education programmes for schools.

Jehan also oversees multiple workshops and residencies for drama specialists and drama educators to advance the practice of applied drama. He has directed numerous plays in different languages in India, the US, the UK and Japan.

Jehan is a recipient of the Sangeet Natak Akademi Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar for his work towards the advancement of the practice of theatre in India.
Jehan holds an MFA in Theatre Direction from the University of London and a BA in Theatre and International Relations from Wesleyan University, USA.

Meet The Founders

Ekalavya is brought to you by leading professionals and top educators
in the Theatre and Performing Arts industry. Their entrepreneurial
vision and diverse experiences shape Ekalavya as an innovative
platform that promotes inclusivity, empathy and the
pursuit of excellence.

Ekalavya is brought to you by leading professionals and top educators in the Theatre and Performing Arts industry. Their entrepreneurial vision and diverse experiences shape Ekalavya as an innovative platform that promotes inclusivity, empathy and the pursuit of excellence.

Maneesh

Maneesh Verma

Project Director, Ekalavya
Founder, Collective Madness Studios

Maneesh has over 25 years of extensive theatre experience with 60 major theatre productions. For the last 12 years, he has been producing theatre in multiple genres like musicals, social drama, comedy & plays for children.
He holds a Master’s degree in Acting and Theatre-Making from the National School of Drama.

Apart from being a professional actor, he is also a corporate trainer and regularly works with CSW Associates as a performance consultant on training projects for multi-national companies like Goldman Sachs, Apple, Deutsche Bank, Merrill Lynch, UBS, Microsoft, Barclays and others.

Since 2007, Maneesh has worked in over a hundred productions performing in Dubai, Japan, Hong Kong and America.

Hetal

Hetal Varia

Course Director, Ekalavya
Resident Voice Faculty, Drama School Mumbai

Hetal Varia is a world-renowned Mumbai-based voice, accent and dialect coach. She has been working in the theatre industry for more than 15 years as a singer and actor.

Her accolades include awards such as Charles Wallace India Trust Award from the British Council, Diversity Scholarship from the Voice And Speech Trainers Association (VASTA) and Best Singer Award from Lion’s Club.
She holds a Masters in Voice Studies from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, London. She has also been invited to speak as part of an upcoming international panel of BIPOC (Black, Indeginous, and Person of Colour) TV/Film Accent and Dialect Coaches for VASTA Conference, 2021.

Hetal has been a voice coach to many industry professionals including Mithila Palkar, Sonali Kulkarni, Abhimanyu Dassani, Manoj Bajpayee and others. Most recently, she served as the Dialect Coach for the cast of ‘A Suitable Boy’ that was released on Netflix earlier last year.

Jehan

Jehan Manekshaw

Head of School, Drama School Mumbai

Jehan is the Head of the Drama School Mumbai and leads pedagogy and course design for the faculty and guest faculty teams. He has co-designed and developed many strategic Drama-in-Education programmes for schools.

Jehan also oversees multiple workshops and residencies for drama specialists and drama educators to advance the practice of applied drama. He has directed numerous plays in different languages in India, the US, the UK and Japan.

Jehan is a recipient of the Sangeet Natak Akademi Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar for his work towards the advancement of the practice of theatre in India.
Jehan holds an MFA in Theatre Direction from the University of London and a BA in Theatre and International Relations from Wesleyan University, USA.

The DSM Connect

With its beliefs rooted in theatre as a tool to empower people, the Drama School Mumbai wishes to impact and bring theatre to the lives of as many individuals as possible. Ekalavya is the solution designed to reach the grassroots of the country to build an India with millions of diverse stories from a million new voices.

Drama School Mumbai:
The Roots of Ekalavya

Drama School Mumbai: The Roots of Ekalavya

The Drama School Mumbai, in its seventh year, boasts a highly active network of alumni that are busy founding theatre groups, acting in award-winning plays, working in films as well as applying their craft to education and corporate-training. Its board and faculty comprise of one of the best theatre practitioners, actors, playwrights, directors, theatre designers and producers in the country.

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Notable alumni in theatre and film industries

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Board comprising of leading practitioner

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An ever-expanding network of practicing actors, writers, directors and producers

From Ekalavya to DSM

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Recognising Driven Learners

Passionate learners with hidden talents will get noticed by their participation in Ekalavya’s e-learning programme

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Live Classes

Learners will be encouraged to engage more and attend real-time online classes

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In-Class Workshops

Dedicated learners will be handpicked to participate in physical workshops

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DSM Theatre Making Courses

Highly consistent and talented individuals will be initiated to DSMs in-room theatre-making courses and offered need-based scholarships.

Support Ekalavya

Drama School Mumbai is a not-for-profit organisation. Ekalavya has been built entirely by donations, to support our mission of democratising access to high-quality formal Theatre education in India. Any revenues generated through Ekalavya will go to need and merit-based scholarships, and setting up of other projects around accessibility to training.

DSM is grateful to the supporters of Ekalavya – Shirin Bharucha, Trustee National Centre for Performing Arts, Umang Bedi, Co-Founder Daily Hunt, and a number of other individuals and organisations (under CSR) who support the vision of the DSM and Ekalavya.

You can help us stay committed to our revolutionary dream. Write to us at development@thedramaschoolmumbai.in to connect about donations and support.