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.
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.
Fresh out of a Master’s programme in Performing Arts from the University of Hyderabad, Subiksha Sundararaman is a Bharatanatyam dancer with an undergraduate in economics. Combining an artistic and academic bent of mind, the practical and theoretical synergy of the arts naturally become her areas of strength. Along with the arts, she also nurtures a love for literature which adds to her skillset, a ﬂair for spinning the word wheel. “When I saw the work Aalaap was doing, there was a sort of yearning in me to be able to be a part of the rush and rejoice that the arts world is made up of. And what better place than Aalaap that housed all of my interests and aspirations,” she says. A desire for learning more and sharing it all, is what keeps her going.