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Dancer & Choreographer
Executive Director, India Foundation for the Arts

Date & Time

Friday Fri, 7 Aug 2020



Bangalore International Centre
7, 4th Main Road, Domlur II Stage
Bengaluru, Karnataka 560 071 India
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+91 98865 99675 bic@bangaloreinternationalcentre.org

‘Within… From Within’ is a series of short films (view here) by Aditi Mangaldas presented in collaboration with Raw Mango and Teamwork Fine Arts Society, and performed by the members of the Aditi Mangaldas Dance Company – The Drishtikon Dance Foundation, that bring together the original work ‘WITHIN’ and their current creative impulse, from within the confines of their homes during the COVID lockdown.

The discussion session will start with context setting about Aditi Mangaldas’s work with her vocabulary and influences. The arts and culture sector has been deeply impacted by Covid-19 lock down. The discussion will focus on the state of work over the last few months and the motivation to do these films. Aditi and Arundhati will share the anxieties and concerns of the current times and hope for a better future.

Photo credits: Foteini Christofilopoulou  production Inter_rupted


Aditi Mangaldas

Dancer & Choreographer

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 Academy award, India 2007 as well as the National Sangeet Natak Akademi award, India 2013, that due to compelling reasons, she declined.
She is a recipient of the Indira Gandhi Priyadarshini Award and Sanjukta Panigrahi Award. She has won much critical acclaim in major dance festivals across the world.
As quoted by the Guardian, London, 2017, “Mangaldas owned the stage without trying to earn it……” Or at the Perth International Arts Festival, 2016, “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”…. and at the Edinburgh International Festival, 2012, “Her concept of the intangible embraces the divine and the profoundly human: love and freedom, truth and beauty being as cosmically mystical as god.” In India, many dance critics and connoisseurs celebrate her dance, “Her dance demonstrates what it means to be utterly free in body, mind and spirit to explore the world”. – Shanta Gokhale 2018
She heads the Aditi Mangaldas Dance Company – The Drishtikon Dance Foundation.

Arundhati Ghosh

Executive Director, India Foundation for the Arts

After spending a decade in the corporate sector, Arundhati Ghosh joined IFA as its first fundraiser in 2001. She assumed office as the Executive Director on June 01, 2013. Arundhati has received recognition from several quarters for her work in the non-profit sector. In 2010 she received the Global Fundraiser Award from Resource Alliance International, the same year IFA won the ‘India NGO of the Year’ award. She is a recipient of the fellowship under Chevening Clore Leadership Awards in the United Kingdom (UK) in 2015-2016 and has worked with the National Theatre, UK to recommend a strategy for their national reach. She is also a recipient of the Chevening Gurukul Scholarship for Leadership and Excellence at the London School of Economics, London in 2005. Arundhati was selected as one of the top three leaders in the city of Bengaluru under the ‘Lead India’ campaign of The Times of India in 2008. She is a Fellow of the Salzburg Global Seminar and also their facilitator for the Young Cultural Innovators programme.

She sits on various Boards and Advisory Panels including those of the Beyond Sight Foundation, Mumbai; The Seagull Foundation for the Arts, Kolkata; and The Museum of Art and Photography (MAP), Bengaluru. She is a member of the Core Team that has put together a capacity building programme for theatre practitioners across the country in collaboration with Junoon, under the aegis of India Theatre Forum, called SMART (Strategic Management for the Art of Theatre). She often speaks and writes on arts and philanthropy for leading Indian and international non-profit and cultural networks including International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture Agencies (IFACCA) and The Arab Fund for Arts and Culture (AFAC), Kultura Nova Foundation, among others.

Arundhati has a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from Presidency College, Kolkata and a postgraduate degree in Management from the Mudra Institute of Communications Ahmedabad. She also has a degree in classical dance and is a poet in Bangla.