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Biography
Arjun Raina
A Kathakali dancer, A Cinema Actor, A Shakespearean Actor, A Playwright and an Acting and Voice teacher.
‘A one man theater making Genius’
[1963] Born in Delhi
[1982-85] Bachelor of Arts (Hons) English Literature from Delhi University
[1987] Advanced Diploma as an Actor at The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art
[1990-2010] Kathakali dancer trained with Sadanam Balakrishnan at the International Center for Kathakali
[1990-96] Teacher of Acting, Voice and Speech at the National School of Drama India
[1990-96] Ran a successful experimental theater space in Old Delhi facilitating performances by Classical and Contemporary performers.
[1996-2010] Celebrated International Performer and actor with extensive performances in America, U.K, Germany, Russia, Switzerland, France, Belgium, Austria, Australia, West Indies and Japan
Cinema Actor with films acted in receiving National awards and Oscar nomination (for film student category)

Original Plays and performances created by Arjun Raina include:
[2000] The Magic Hour (Kathakali and Shakespeare)
[2003] A Terrible Beauty is Born (A play on International Call Centers in India)
[2006-7] Like a Bird on a Wire (A play on Leonard Peltier’s Native American in Prison in the USA)
[2008-2009] Ecdysis - The Snake Sheds its Skin (Commissioned by Linz 09 a play about Indian Migrants in Austria and in 3 languages German, English and Punjabi)
   
Performances in European Festivals:
 
  • Kampnagel Hamburg
  • Vienna Festwochen
  • Szene Salzburg
  • Linz 09
  • Zurich Spektakel
  • Echt Cologne

Workshops in significant Universities:
 
  • Stanford, Urbana Champaigne, M.I.T, Yale, Boston
  • Kyoto Performing Arts Center Japan

Arjun Raina is also arguably India’s leading English Voice and Speech Coach.
In 2001, he started the Voice and Accent program in GE Capital. He created course curriculum and trained thousands of agents then went on to train 125 trainers to coach the entire organization.
Since then Arjun has created course curriculum and trained Coaches in almost all of the leading Call Centers, BPO’s and KPO’s including IBM Daksh, American Express, Exl, WNS, Fidelity Investments, Lehman Brothers, McKinsey and Co etc.
Coaches trained by Arjun head almost all major Call Center training programs.
He has written two books Speakeasy and Speak right for a Call Center job published by Penguin India.
Arjun is known for his innovative and unique style of Coaching English.