ACA-TablaBURLINGTON, MA–Due to heavy demand from students and parents to bring more and more programs under one roof at the Academy of Creative Arts, the founders of the Burlington, MA-based Academy have added 2 new programs to the portfolio of services in addition to the 15+ programs Academy already offers.

“We are very fortunate to have our Academy family student and parents who always come up with new requests and force us to bring more at the Academy,” said Java Joshi, founder of the Academy of Creative Arts. “At the end of the day, our objective is to bring quality programs with convenience of having them all under one roof at our Academy. We are delighted to announce 3 new programs starting this November at our Academy.”

Tabla, dhol and dholak program will be taught by Abhilash Mehta. Mehta is an accomplished music (tabla) teacher who has recently emmigrated to Boston area from India. He is highly knowledgeable, creative and resourceful music teacher with more than 25 years of experience teaching tabla. He specializes in developing student’s interest in music appreciation through a comprehensive and balanced curriculum that combines theory, history and command over practical skills.

Mehta has trained hundreds of students in his career and helped several students earn Visharad Degree in Music (Tabla). He is a trained percussionist with Masters and B.Ed. in Music (Tabla) from India. He has given music as a Music Director to over 75 albums and judged many Tabla competitions in India. Abhilash has dedicated his life to Tabla and loves to teach percussion instruments.

Chess program will be conducted by Anil Ahuja. Ahuja works in the IT Department of a company located in Boston and is passionate about chess from his childhood. He was his School Chess Champion and went on to represent Jai Hind College in Mumbai for 5 consecutive years. His team stood 3rd, 4th, and 2nd respectively in Senior College, and was the Captain of Jai Hind College Chess team in his final year.

Ahuja was one of 5 students selected from all colleges in Mumbai University to represent Mumbai University at the All-India Inter-Varsity Chess Championship. Mumbai University stood 5th in All-India that year. He has been coached by Ambrish Bakaya, a former Inter-Varsity player, Pravin Thipsay (former India National Chess Champion), and Satish Thipsay. He has played in several US Chess Federation (USCF) rated tournaments.

“It’s hard to believe that we grew from 2 to 15+ programs in a year-and-half and now are adding 3 new programs at our Academy. We will now have 17+ programs all under one roof at the Academy. We feel grateful for the opportunity god has provided us with in creating a platform for our community – a place where artists and community members can share their art and passion through education and students and parents get it all in one place,” said Hetal Joshi, co-founder of the Academy of Creative Arts.

Everything at the Academy of Creative Arts is geared towards what parents want their children to get exposure to. These three programs will compliment the already successful art, music and dance programs. Academy currently offers classes for drawing, painting, kathak dance, bollywood dance, Boston Bhangra, BollyX workout program, public speaking, photography, art of living Yoga, and henna/mehndi — all under one roof. Academy has also collaborated with Shankar Mahadevan to bring his Hindustani & Carnatic classical, Hindi Movie Songs, Voice Gym for senior singers and Grow with Music for kids program being taught live in-person by local SMA selected and trained teachers all at the Academy in Burlington Mass.

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