Mandala Makers Festival is an annual platform that supports multidisciplinary South Asian performing artists. The festival holds space for artists to progress and challenge traditions of the South Asian diaspora.
This festival is FREE to the public. Events take place throughout the Devon Avenue neighborhood in “Little South Asia”, Chicago. Experience art at community spaces such as parks, street corners and social service centers. The festival culminates in a three-day Artist Showcase at Indian Boundary Park (West Lunt Avenue, Chicago, IL), June 24-26.
Seating is limited for some events. Please register to reserve your seat!
This festival is made possible with your support. Donations go towards the performing artists, Mandala Arts, and the festival for years to come.
Here's the FULL event schedule:
Friday, June 24
5 p.m.: Aao Mil Baithen—DJ set with South Asian flair
6 p.m.: Masood Haque—comedian, actor, writer
6:20 p.m.: Vik Pandya—nationally touring stand-up comic
6:45 p.m.: Ishti Collective—radical acts of dance, storytelling, artistic risk-taking, moving forward in a polarized sociopolitical world
7:15 p.m.: Shalaka Kulkarni—Indian classical and contemporary dance forms, exploring gender fluidity, empowering marginal voices
7:40 p.m.: Anjal Chande – Soham Dance Space—innovative creative dance performance
8:15 p.m.: Ochin Pakhi—Bengali music band from Chicago
9 p.m.: Priya Darshini—musician rooted in Hindustani and Carnatic Indian music combined with improvisation and worldwide musical influences; Max ZT—improvisatory hammered dulcimer musician
Saturday, June 25
5 p.m.: Aao Mil Baithen— DJ set with South Asian flair
6:30 p.m.: Laksha Dantran—original dance-theatre performance featuring LGBTQ perspectives
6:50: Krissy Bergmark—table player, percussionist, composer
7:10 and 8 p.m.: P.M. Tummala—multi-instrumentalist who combines influences such as spiritual jazz, dub, musique concrète, Tropicália, ambient, and hip-hop/vinyl culture
7:30 p.m.: Radia Ali (Noori)—multidisciplinary performing artist, poet, fire dancer
8:25 p.m.: Shamik—Asian producer and beatboxer
8:45 p.m.: Lil Idli—experimental pop duo of vocalist Ranjani Prabhakar and producer/percussionist Deepak Gopinath
9:10 p.m.: Abhijeet’s Bollywood Drag Divas—representing the vibrant queer Desi performance scene
Sunday, June 26
1:30 p.m.: Max ZT—improvisatory hammered dulcimer musician
2 p.m.: Souryadeep Bhattacharyya—part of new generation of Indian classical musicians
2:30 p.m.: Aqil Brothers—heart of Bangla Qawali and Lokogeethi folk music
3:30 p.m.: Solo classical dance performances: Laksha Dantran; Hema Karunakaram—award-winning dancer, community builder, committed to improving South Asian allyship with BIPOC communities; Roosha Mandal—multidisciplinary dance artist; Colin Mascarenhas—Odissi Dance artist and LGBTQI+ activist
4:25 p.m.: Anvita Hariharan—Carnatic saxophone
4:45 p.m.: Mandala Ensemble—a collaboration of Mandala’s dance and music ensemble, showcasing generational talent from emerging artists and also featuring Souryadeep Bhattacharyya, Laksha Dantran, Anvita Hariharan, and Colin Mascarenhas