Rana Daggubati, business moghul Kishore Biyani and Amar Chitra Katha Creates Unique Learning Center ACK Alive
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30 March 2019

ACK Alive: Amar Chitra Katha comes to life with a unique learning centre

India’s first ACK Alive – A Centre for Learning opens in Hyderabad, with a longlist of courses and workshops that are open to all age groups

Created by Rana Daggubati and Kishore Biyani, the centre is an extension of the creator Anant Pai’s vision to teach India about its cultural roots

Amar Chitra Katha, India’s beloved comic book company, has now taken on a new form in a unique learning centre. Created by actor-producer-entrepreneur, Rana Daggubati, business moghul Kishore Biyani and Amar Chitra Katha, ACK Alive is a space created with the vision of Amar Chitra Katha - to engage India in the glorious culture and legacy of the land.

The first of the ACK Alive centres that opens in Hyderabad on March 31, is an expansive 10,000 square foot centre, with areas designated for art and design, life skills, performing arts, Vedic sciences and more. Classes and sessions cater to all age groups, from children to retirees. The finest exponents of each of the art forms have been roped in to design the modules and tutor.

Kishore Biyani, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Future Group says, “ACK Alive is the first in a series of centres we propose to establish. This model will also be a learning centre for us as well. As a concept, ACK Alive has universal appeal and we are confident in immersing kids and their families in a world of epics, histories, fables and other fascinating stories.”

For Rana Daggubati, the vision behind the learning centre was about creating a space where stories literally come to life as values, and as life skills. “I discovered Amar Chitra Katha like the rest of India. These comics were my favorite story-tellers in childhood. Soon enough, I realised that these weren’t just stories or comic books, these were carriers of our ethos and values. They were also a route for me to discover a lot more about the multidimensional culture this land has nurtured over the decades. Call it an extension of Uncle Pai’s vision, ACK Alive promises to become a tool in carrying forward the Indian legacy - not just through stories, but with art, sciences and life skills entrenched in our roots.”

“Learning at ACK Alive is not about following a rigid curriculum but about discovering new ways to excite the young and old in tangible ways. It is a space where you learn and mingle with champions of various arts, through the themes in Amar Chitra Katha,’ says Anuraag Agarwal, CEO, Amar Chitra Katha. That’s why he believes that every age group will love to come back.

ACK Alive will open its doors on Sunday 31st March for the public with a series of free fun-filled sessions till 14th April 2019. For the summer holidays, ACK Alive will be conducting a series of workshops and learning modules that children and their parents can sign up for immediately.

Sessions during the week will be held from 7:00 AM to 7:30 PM for different age group categories – 3-6 years, 6-9 years, 9-12 years, 12-15 years, and 16+ years. There are over 45 courses being offered for the summer vacations, including storytelling, classical dance, acro yoga, Indian classical music, Kalaripayattu, puppetry, yoga and much more. For 3 to 6 year olds there is also assisted early learning fun zone.

In 2018, Amar Chitra Katha, the legendary comic brand reached its 50th year of production, with over 450 titles to its credit and an astounding 100 million copies sold in over 35 languages. Amar Chitra Katha also publishes the beloved Tinkle Digest, India’s longest running comics magazine, creators of pop culture icons like Shikari Shambu and Suppandi.

Registration is on a first-come-first-serve basis. Details are available at ACK Alive, Road Number: 79, Film Nagar, Hyderabad – 500033 or [email protected], PH: 040-23557080/+91-96528 24017.

The arrival of the holidays doesn’t mean learning has to stop. There are lots of fun ideas and resources for broadening young minds over the break at ACK Alive Learning Centre.

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