October 8, 2022
Harris Theater for Music and Dance
205 E. Randolph
Mandala Arts ensemble dancers
Pranita Nayar, executive artistic director
Ashwaty Chennat, associate artistic director
A spokesperson describes the event as follows:
"...In celebration of the Indian holiday festival of Diwali, Mandala South Asian Performing Arts,which connects audiences and students with the vibrancy, flavors, and colors of the performing arts traditions of South Asia, presents a family-friendly performance program combining dance, music, and the 17th century art of Mewar, a region in India. Diwali: The Story of Ram represents Mandala’s interpretation of the ancient epic Ramayana, a classic tale that spans across cultures, producing a multidimensional performance work that combines contemporary culture and mythology. The tale of Ram, his beloved wife Sita, and his brother Lakshman exiled in the forest—at odds with the brilliant king Ravana—weaves together the multiculturalism of South Asia..."