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Drishtikon Dance Foundation presents
Short films
'Within...... from within'
Fundraiser for artistes

June 24, 2020

Dancer, choreographer Aditi Mangaldas collaborates with design house Raw Mango and #ArtMatters to support the performing artists' community during COVID-19.

"WITHIN...... From Within"
evoking emotion through a series of creative and powerful films

The current COVID-19 pandemic has changed the world as we know it. There is a significant impact on the performing arts, mirroring its impact across all art sectors too. With cancelled events, the current physical distancing requirements and closure of the physical venues, have brought not only public performances to a halt but also affected the livelihood and future of every performing artist.

With the objective of promoting awareness and relief for the difficulties being faced by the artist community affected by the repercussions of the pandemic in India, Aditi Mangaldas has joined hands with celebrated designer and founder of Raw Mango Sanjay Garg and #ARTMATTERS (an initiative of Teamwork Fine Arts Society) to raise funds and support the artists and their families who have been left without any source of income.

The collaboration between Aditi Mangaldas Dance Company - The Drishtikon Dance Foundation and Raw Mango has led to the creation of the specially curated film series 'Within......from within'. The thought provoking and engaging series of six short videos are conceptualised, choreographed and directed by Aditi Mangaldas and performed by the members of the Aditi Mangaldas Dance Company - The Drishtikon Dance Foundation. The films bring together the dance company's original production 'WITHIN' and the artists' current creative impulse, from within the confines of their homes. The works narrate various expressions of life and are elaborate yet delicate visual offerings - a fragile thread weaving emotion and passion; instincts and sentiments; spirit and soul: past and present, all into one fabric.

"Belonging to a small community of artists in India who are privileged, I felt compelled to offer an artistic experience rather than just make an appeal. I thank Raw Mango and Teamwork Fine Arts Society for supporting this initiative. Do consider this as an offering to bring you something to cherish and cheer on our community. We hope that you will open your hearts and donate for the wonderful artists who are struggling to survive in these unprecedented times."
- Aditi Mangaldas, dancer and chorographer

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The money collected will go directly to #ArtMatters.

'WITHIN... from within' is a series of short films of approximately 1 minute each. Below are the details of the 6 films.







Film 1: ENTWINED - Exploring our innermost spaces where humanity and brutality, good and bad seem to lie in half embrace.

Film 2: MELTDOWN - Waiting to be disentangled. Waiting to find expression in ways that shape our lives, our actions, our selves.

Film 3: ENFRAMED - Is there another way to discover the sky, the eternity within us?

Film 4: WRAPPED - "To understand yourself you must create a mirror that reflects accurately what you are..." - J. Krishnamurti

Film 5: UNRAVEL - Do the times compel us to look 'within'? To recognize our deepest, most complex emotions?

Film 6: EMPASSION - "Only in the understanding of what is, is there freedom from what is." - J. Krishnamurti

About the collaborators

Aditi Mangaldas

Aditi Mangaldas is a leading dancer and choreographer in the classical dance form of Kathak. Recognized for her artistry, technique, eloquence and characteristic energy, she has broken new ground by using her knowledge and experience of Kathak to evolve a contemporary dance vocabulary. Celebrated around the world for the startling richness and intricacy of her dance and choreography, Aditi was nominated in the category of outstanding performance (classical) by the National Dance Critics Circle awards 2017 in the UK. Aditi heads The Aditi Mangaldas Dance Company - The Drishtikon Dance Foundation.

Raw Mango
Raw Mango draws from the colors, philosophies and cultures of India to create a unique voice, questioning place and perspective through design. With roots in craft and community, Raw Mango's relationship with handloom began in 2008 as an investigation of possibilities. As a design house it continues to create new conversations within textile, tradition and identity through a range of saris, garments and objects. Created with karigars across Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, West Bengal and Varanasi, Raw Mango's designs innovate upon century old skills in pursuit of defining a new aesthetic vocabulary.

#ArtMatters | Teamwork Fine Arts Society
An initiative by the Teamwork Fine Arts Society, #ArtMatters is a platform that is working towards creating awareness about the new reality faced by various artistes across India and developing support channels for them. Covering the diverse verticals that the performing and visual arts landscape provides, the initiative seeks to mobilize industry leaders, art connoisseurs and art lovers, building a single umbrella of communication that underlines the difficulties faced by the community while raising sufficient resources for the affected artistes.

Aditi Mangaldas Dance Company - The Drishtikon Dance Foundation
Created by Aditi Mangaldas with a vision to look at tradition with a progressive mind, the company aims to achieve excellence and virtuosity in the rich classical Indian dance form of Kathak, as well as encourage the spirit of innovation. With a repertoire of classical productions as well as contemporary dance based on Kathak, Aditi Mangaldas Dance Company - The Drishtikon Dance Foundation has presented at leading festivals around the world and has made a name for itself for breaking the barriers of convention and pushing the classical form to ever new heights of imagination.

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