Aditi Mangaldas

Kathak dancer

Aditi Mangaldas
Traditional or contemporary... there has never been a contradiction between the two in my mind. I look at the ancient dance form of kathak with a modern mind. I work with the dynamism of kathak, and strengthen it with the yoga spine. I believe that kathak is not a tether that holds me back, but a deep root from which I draw the strength to grow, to explore new forms, and use the past to create a language of the future. Like people who roam the world to explore its remotest corners and hope to fathom what lies beyond the earth, the solar system, the universe, I have a wanderlust. I love to travel through my body and my mind, and to let these parts travel through different parts of space, to explore new places, new routes, divergent avenues. 
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Kathak danseuse Aditi Mangaldas. Photo credit : Dinesh Khanna
Kathak danseuse Aditi Mangaldas. Photo credit : Dinesh Khanna
Aditi Mangaldas - Kathak danceuse. Photo credit : Dinesh Khanna
Aditi Mangaldas - Kathak danceuse. Photo credit : Dinesh Khanna
Aditi Mangaldas
Aditi Mangaldas
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.

Aditi has given Kathak performances in major dance festivals in India and has been featured in the Festivals of India in UK, US, and the Soviet unions.
Besides directing solo items, Aditi Mangaldas has also choreographed a number of group ensembles that have been an arresting blend of traditional and contemporary styles. Over the past years she has produced several choreographic works including Cheekh, Swagat Vistar, The Sound of the universe, Vrindakriti to name a few. She has also conducted several workshops and presented papers at dance seminars.

Aditi established the Aditi Mangaldas Dance Company, the Drishtikon Dance Foundation with a vision to look at tradition with a modern mind, to explore the past to create a new, imaginative future. The dance company aims to achieve excellence and virtuosity in the rich classical Indian dance form of kathak, as well as encourage the spirit of innovation. 
In 2005, the Aditi Mangaldas Dance Company with a troupe of six dancers and three musicians made its US debut at the Asia Society with "Footprints on Water."

Aditi Mangaldas presents ICCR Days of India in Germany Tour

Aditi Mangaldas Dance Company - The Drishtikon Dance Foundation will be travelling to Germany in March for the ICCR Days of India in Germany tour. Schedule as below: March 18th: Now Is and Timeless, Hans Otto Theatre, Potsdam. March 19th: Extracts, Indian Embassy, Berlin March 22nd: Timeless, Flottmannhallen, Herne March 24th: ICCR - Days of India in Germany, Uncharted Seas & Timeless, Tollhaus, Karlsruhe

Kathak recital by Aditi Mangaldas

Aditi Mangaldas is a Kathak dancer who works with the traditional repertoire of Kathak and infuses it with modern sensibilities. She is regarded as one of the leading dancers in both the traditional and contemporary idiom and has performed in major cities of the world to critical acclaim. Besides solos she has choreographed a number of group ensembles that have been both traditional and contemporary in nature. She is the artistic director and principal dancer of the Drishtik Dance Foundation.
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