Akhila Krishnamurthy thinks of herself as an ideas’ person with commercial consciousness. She founded Aalaap in 2013 to marry her interest in artistes and the arts with her experience in the world of media. Along the course of Aalaap’s journey, she realised her love for ideas and tapped into a niche that allowed her to execute them in ways that are fresh and fun. Akhila brings to the table nearly 18 years of experience in writing and editing - she has helmed senior roles across newspapers and magazines like The Times of India, India Today - and over the years of interacting with people, she prides herself of a keen understanding of human behavior. When she's not consulting, she is busy making plans with her four-year-old or figuring out ways to meet people over coffee. She enjoys long distance running and loves evenings that are full of opportunities to soak in music, theatre, movies and people. She is addicted to stress as she is to WhatsApp and Instagram.
Armed with a degree in management and a passion for the arts, dance, in particular, Sathvika Venkatesh joined Aalaap in 2014. Over the years of working as Account Lead and servicing a range of both dancers and musicians, Sathvika now helms the PR arm of the company, nurturing it with care and finding newer avenues and possibilities for growth and development. "I get a high every time a story - of an artiste or a work-of-art makes it to a publication; it's like my morning is made," she says. Marriage brought Sathvika to Chennai and through Aalaap she says she discovered the city and it’s underlying connection with the arts. "I love Aalaap because everyday it allows me to interact with a range of artistes," she says. When she's not haranguing a journalist for coverage, she is either trying a new recipe, posting on Instagram or hanging with her toddler.
Prasan Kumar is a Commerce graduate and a qualiﬁed Chartered Accountant with an All India rank. He began consulting with Aalaap in 2014 and brought to the table, a decade-long work experience with large multinational accounting ﬁrms in India and the US. Through his own audit and and advisory ﬁrm in Chennai, he works closely with Aalaap and uses his ﬁnancial expertise in allowing Aalaap build a sustainable proposition for all the stakeholders involved in a project. Armed with sound analytical skills in problem-solving, Prasan says that working with a pioneering arts management company allows him a platform to understand and appreciate a space that is new and challenging while ﬁguring out strategies and solutions that are speciﬁc to the people who inhabit this world.
A differently 'engineered' dancer, Sankriti Krishnan works as Client Servicing Executive at Aalaap. Dance, music, writing and theatre have always kept her up at night, which explains why she is on a never-ending quest to find a good story. Sometimes it happens with an artiste, at other times, with a work-of-art; else, there's a story in the process. A good story, she says, "need not be written or narrated - I think that everyone has a story to tell and that's what I'm after." Dance is her happy place and writing helps her have conversations across a slew of genres. And that's why Aalaap excites her. "It marries two areas that I love - the arts and it's management. In the fast-paced world that we are in today, art lives only when we talk about it, so here's to finding the story that keeps everyone up at night!"