Kriya Raj stage name Satish Thiagarajan at Vedakala Academy of Performing Arts

Kriya Raj (stage name of Satish Thiagarajan) has more than 8 years' experience in Professional Acting and Theatre. Trained and worked in various countries and cultures including Shakespearean Theatre in the UK, Avant Garde Theatre in France, Theatre of Sources in Spain, Traditional Theatre in Bali and Kerala, Kriya has worked with many Internationally-renowned and rigorous artists and companies. His personal practice includes expressive movement derived from the works of Grotowski and 5 Rhythms; and acting practices from the French Tradition and traditional Asian forms of Theatre. He has trained in Physical Theatre and in Singing with practitioners of Song of the Goat Theatre, Poland as a part of his MA in Ensemble Theatre. Recently, Kriya was the head of the Acting department at BRIIC, an International Film School founded by Director Bharathiraja. He has also worked with puppets and has engaged with children's theatre with his own productions based on Indian Mythologies.

Kriya Raj
Kriya Raj
Kriya Raj
Kriya Raj

Dramatic Arts is a program that focuses on the study of dramatic works and their performance. It includes major works of dramatic literature, dramatic styles and types, and the principles of organizing and producing full live or filmed productions. The difference between drama and theatre is that the drama is the printed text of a play while the theater is the actual production of the play. Drama and Theater are two words that are used interchangeably. In India, the earliest form of drama is the Sanskrit Drama. The Modern Indian Drama has now heavily absorbed the Islamic influences from the Moghul rule as well as Western influences from the time of the British rule.

Benefits of Drama:

Taking risks and performing for an audience teach students to trust their ideas and abilities. This confidence is extremely important for every aspect of their future.

In a world addicted to technology, theatre provides an outlet for making creative choices and coming up with new ideas.

Theatre combines the creative ideas and abilities from its participants and teaches that collaboration is the key.

Playing, practicing, and performing develop the mind, body, and voice.

Communication Skills:
Drama enhances verbal and nonverbal expression of ideas. It improves voice projection, articulation, fluency of language, and persuasive speech.

Problem Solving:
Students learn to communicate the who, what, where, when, and why to the audience. Improvisation fosters quick-thinking solutions, which leads to greater adaptability in life.

The social interaction and risk taking in drama develop trust in self, others, and the process.

Rehearsing and performing the words, movements, and cues strengthen this skill like a muscle.

Social Awareness:
Legends, myths, poems, stories, and plays used in drama teach students about social issues and conflicts from cultures past, present, all over the world.