I am Dipti Mahadev, a 24-year-old actor, dancer, theatre practitioner from Pune, India.
I would like to share with you that I have been accepted by my dream theatre school 'Ecole Internationale de Theatre Jacques Lecoq' of Paris for their 2-year Professional Course. Regarded as one of the leading theatre schools in the world, it is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for me. And I need your support.
It was at the age of 5 when I first stepped onto the stage. Hardly did I know then that I was going to commit my life to performance art. I was trained in Kathak for over 7 years, and when I got to college, I finally discovered theatre.
As the magic of the world of theatre revealed itself to me, I fell in love instantaneously. Being a part of a creative collective, incessantly trying to explore and generate truths through art was something I had been seeking for all my life. My college theatre gave me the platform to accept myself, to be different, and to express as I could never have.
Soon, I began working professionally and it has now been more than a decade that I have been working as a stage artist with an experience of 30 plays, 4 feature films, and more than 700 stage performances. Theatre has given me the most enriching experiences of working with inspiring theatre directors, traveling the lengths and breadths of India, rural and urban, with my plays. As I performed for the pan-Indian audience, I started developing a sensibility towards art and its essence in our lives. My initial expressions in theatre came through my own life and observations. But I genuinely felt that theatre being such a dynamic world, there is a universe for me to imbibe.
In 2018, destiny played its part and I was selected to be a part of Ariane Mnouchkine, France’s legendary theatre director’s theatre workshop in Pondicherry. An institution in herself, working with Ariane established a solid yearning for the arts, opening a foray for my growth as a performer. I wanted to pursue it further. Thorough research to find a foundation that would unleash my potential led me to Jacques Lecoq School.
I believe this training shall give me the craft to explore a new theatre and bring it into my practice and develop works that I can make with children, who I dearly wish to work with. All of my aspirations for my theatre would now take off from my training at the Jacques Lecoq School.
Unfortunately, I don’t have the means to pay for the huge fees at this point of my career, nor any other backing. Hence I come to you!
I do understand that these are difficult times to ask for such an amount, hence, I'm asking for your contributions only towards the tuition fees. I am working hard on generating money for my living and travel costs. Your funds would pull down a big burden. In case, you aren't able to help me monetarily, I'd be very happy if you can share my fundraiser with someone you know who can afford to.
I sincerely don't want to miss this chance to accelerate my dreams solely for the reason that I cannot pay for it. Hence, I really need your support in fulfilling my artistic journey. I promise to take my utmost sincerity, dedication, and hard work with me.
Your donations would help me pay for:
1st Year Fees: € 7800 / ₹ 6,93,810/-
2nd Year Fees: € 7800 / ₹ 6,93,810/-
Campus France Charges: ₹ 16,500/-
Enrolment Fees: € 250 / ₹ 22,238/-
Please get in touch with me at email@example.com if you would like to know more about my endeavour.