Takshila Educational Society was formed in 1997 as a non profit organization with the explicit objective of establishing educational institutions that provide quality education, academic excellence and strong co curricular foundation. Takshila aims to provide education that is meant to build capacity in our students to take on the challenges of living and excelling in the global village and emerge as leaders of tomorrow while preserving their Indian sensibilities, thereby enabling them to respect elders, care for the fragile eco system and nurture the rich heritage of music, art and culture. As of now, the four Delhi Public Schools under Takshila’s umbrella—Patna, Pune, Ludhiana and Coimbatore—are providing holistic education to over 11000 students and direct employment to over a thousand teachers and administrative staff.
In addition to the various educational and rural development initiatives, India’s rich cultural heritage has been another focus area for Takshila. Since its inception, Takshila has proactively promoted Indian classical music, dance, craft and other art forms in all the states where its institutes are operational. TakshilaUtsav—an annual cultural festival organised at Patna, is one such initiative.
TakshilaUtsav provides a platform to both legends of classical performing arts as well as the promising talents of the newer generation. Up till now, TakshilaUtsav has hosted artistes like Pt. BirjuMaharaj, Pt. MadhupMudgal, the Gundecha Brothers, Pt. Rajan-Sajan Mishra, ShubhaMudgal, Ustad Rahim FahimuddinDagar, Pt. ChhanuLalMisshra, VidushiGirija Devi, the Warsi Brothers, et al. To promote interest for Indian classical performing arts amongst students, Takshila has also forged close ties with SPIC MACAY and its activities are held regularly in all the campuses. Takshila has also taken upon itself the task of promoting Urdu Shyari by organisingMushairaJashn-e-Bahar every year in Patna.
Another core initiative of Takshila Education Society is Takshila Publication—a progressive initiative to bring out books and periodicals that cater to literature, science and the arts. Its collection is replete with evergreen compendium of poetry and prose of diverse genres and era that strings together literary treasures from various Indian languages and ethnicities.