School of Arts

- for girls -

We are the Shakti girls,
welcome to our world.


The Sanskrit word Shakti means energy, or feminine power. When the divine inspiration to make a school for girls came to me in September, 2020, I immediately knew that Shakti would be the name I’d use. Knowing the difficulties that girls often face in India, it was clear to me that the most powerful tool I could offer for their upliftment is an art-inspired education, where they are shown by example how to discover their hidden talents and develop their creativity as a path to inner healing, using art, dance, music and yoga.

It’s also essential that they learn English, so that’s our strongest academic focus. Fluency in English will open doors of opportunity into higher education and well-paid jobs, and help these girls to escape from the cycle of poverty.

I want to help the Shakti girls find their own inner strength, by affirming their worth as individuals and inspiring them to courageously speak up for themselves. It is my dream to support the girls all the way to higher education, so they can make their own living and be a support to themselves and their families.

Tara Ma, founder of Shakti school

Women in India.
The tragic situation of
underprivileged women in India.

Violence against women in India is on the rise.

According to government statistics, in 2021 there were 86 rapes per day on average in India, and 59 offenses against women per HOUR – and that’s only the ones that were reported. The real number is probably triple that. In the last few years there has been a rise in murders of teenage girls at the hands of their boyfriends. Acid attacks are also on the rise. Girls like the ones who attend Shakti School of Arts are often harassed by men on the street on a daily basis, and it’s very hard for them to feel safe – because the sad truth is, they’re not safe. They could be kidnapped, raped or murdered at any time. The widespread viewing of online pornography by young men in recent years has increased the threat to women many times over, and the Indian police often turn a blind eye when it comes to crimes against women.


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