WMI PLUS At Home
WMI PLUS At Home features artist conversations and demonstrations, and takes a deeper dive into the music and dance traditions from around the world from the comfort of your home. These talks will be led by fellow artists, journalists, scholars, radio hosts, DJs and ethnomusicologists.
WMI PLUS At Home Experiences are free of charge, but you must register to reserve your space. When registering online, please be sure to complete your reservation by selecting the PROCESS ORDER button on the REVIEW page. You will receive an email confirmation once your registration is complete.
Only registered participants will receive email instructions on how to join the event via Zoom online. Notifications will be sent 24 hours prior to the event.
In this event, award-winning Indian kathak dancer, choreographer, and Principal of the Drishtikon Dance Foundation, Aditi Mangaldas, shares an excerpt from one of her original choreographic works. The video presentation will be followed by a conversation with Rajika Puri, dancer and co-curator of WMI's annual Dancing the Gods Indian dance festival.
Aditi was scheduled to be a featured artist at this year's Dancing the Gods festival. While the festival had to be cancelled, we are pleased to be able to present her live from India in this virtual forum. Due to the time difference, we are holding this WMI PLUS At Home experience at a special time (12 PM ET).
Aditi Mangaldas is a leading dancer and choreographer in the classical Indian dance form of kathak, with extensive training under the leading gurus of kathak, Shrimati Kumudini Lakhia and Pandit Birju Maharaj. Besides dancing and choreographing classical productions, both solo and group, she has broken new ground by using her knowledge and experience of kathak as a springboard to evolve a contemporary dance vocabulary, infused with the spirit of the classical. Considered a maverick in India, she has consistently broken ground, unafraid to confront social issues. She was nominated in the category of outstanding performance (classical) by the National Dance Critics Circle awards 2017 in the UK. She was awarded the Gujarat Sangeet Natak Akademi Award, India 2007 as well as the National Sangeet Natak Akademi Award, India 2013, that due to compelling reasons, she declined. She heads the Aditi Mangaldas Dance Company – The Drishtikon Dance Foundation.
Rajika Puri, dancer/choreographer & a danced-storyteller is known for her stories from myth, which she narrates, interspersed by excerpts of dance, songs and chants. A friend of Aditi's since the 1980s, she has followed her many faceted career for years, and even co-presented her at the Asia Society, NY, in 2005.
WMI PLUS and WMI PLUS At Home Experiences are supported by a grant from Con Edison.