October 9, 2021
11am, 2pm, 5pm
523 South Webster St
Naperville, Illinois 60540
Mandala South Asian Performing Arts presents The Story of Ram, in celebration of the Indian holiday Diwali, the Festival of Lights, an annual holiday tradition. The performance follows Ramayana, an ancient epic that tells the story of Ram, his wife Sita, and his brother Lakshman exiled in the forest, who are in conflict with King Ravana. The mythological story intersects cultures from India, Indonesia, Thailand, and more.
“The Naper Settlement is a historical site representing the history of Naperville, Illinois, USA, and The Story of Ram is a tradition that migrated to the U.S. with immigrants from India,” said Mandala Founder and Executive Artistic Director Pranita Nayar, “so it is two cultural traditions melding with each other: the cultural artifact that existed and practiced traditions brought here with new waves of people.”
Mandala's Professional Ensemble
Indonesian Dance of Illinois
Somapa Thai Dance Company
Thai Music @ Chicago
I Gusti Pak Ngurah Kertayuda
Ashwaty Chennat (Associate Artistic Director)
The Story of Ram’s characters interact with the audience and move around the outdoor environment.
For more information, visit the Mandala South Asian Performing Arts website.
Images courtesy of Mandala South Asian Performing Arts unless otherwise noted
Slider 1: Indonesian Dance of Illinois & Mandala Arts - Photos by Monika Bahroos