Saturday, April 18, 2020


Aditi Mangaldas’ Immersed - solo Kathak dance with live music

Doors at 6:30pm

7pm: Pre-performance slide lecture by co-curator Rajika Puri - "Innovation in Indian Dance"

8pm: Performance

Post-performance 'Chat & Chai' with the performers


Peter Norton Symphony Space

2537 Broadway, Manhattan


Make it a family affair, bring your children (14 years and under) for $5. Children's tickets must be purchased with an Adult ticket purchase through the Ticket Agent.





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, Aditi is today recognised for her artistry, technique, eloquence and characteristic energy that mark every performance. 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 and present day concerns. Celebrated around the world for the startling richness and intricacy of her dance and choreography, she was recently 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 Academi 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.


Mangaldas owned the stage without trying to earn it……Her artistry and poise, her dramatic gifts and unshakable technique are truly astounding; dance as effortlessly compelling as this is a joy to watch in itself... the Guardian, London

Aditi Mangaldas, ever on a quest. An exceptional performer and choreographer, Aditi’s dance stands out for the contrast it conjures up – charged stillness and whirling energy...Chitra Swaminathan, The Hindu

Aditi excelled in her concept, choreography and excellent execution, which was a sheer visual poetry...Manjari Sinha, The Statesman, New Delhi

Someone like Aditi Mangaldas is so important, because she is transforming the kathak tradition from within...Akram Khan, Financial Times