Mandala, performing arts company in Chicago, launches new headquarters in Little India

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Mandala South Asian Performing Arts launched its new headquarters on Devon Ave. , Chicago May 19, 2022. Seen in photo, iInvited guests Alderwoman Debra Silverstein, Alderman Andre Vasquez Jr of Chicago’s 40th ward, Ranjit Singh Consul Chicago, Mandala Board President Dr. Umang Patel and Paragi Patel, Pranita Nayar an Indian classical dancer, choreographer, company director, curator and producer. Photo: courtesy Asian Media USA

Mandala South Asian Performing Arts based in Chicago, launched its new headquarters in the nationally recognized hub for all things Indian on Devon Avenue, May 19, 2022.

Devon Avenue has long been a site for cultural exchange and South Asian diasporic community. Since the opening of India Sari Palace in 1972, and Patel Brothers grocery store in 1974, this area has become a home for the largest community of South Asian residents in Chicago, Illinois and the broader Midwest, a press release from Asian Media USA said.

With the waves of the South Asian diaspora also came the businesses, cuisines, and arts of ancestral traditions.

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“Mandala Arts has moved its headquarters where we believe South Asian arts are already deeply rooted; the arts need and deserve an advocate, supporter, and leader. With current and future artistic partnerships and collaborations, Mandala believes that Devon can grow and thrive,” the press release quoted Mandala saying.

Rising star Manou Magdalena Chakravorty plays mandala. Photo: Asian Media USA

Invited guests included Alderwoman Debra Silverstein, Alderman Andre Vasquez Jr of Chicago’s 40th ward, Ranjit Singh Consul Chicago, Mandala Board President Dr. Umang Patel and Paragi Patel, Pranita Nayar an Indian classical dancer, choreographer, company director, curator and producer, officials from the West Ridge Chamber of Commerce and Rogers Park Business Alliance, and senior officers from the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, and the John. D. And Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

Mandala (mandalaarts.org) will use this space, beginning June 1, for community classes, open rehearsals, and special programs. Among the first activities will be the Mandala Makers Festival, which runs June 16–26 indoors and outdoors in the Devon Avenue community.

“Since its inception in 2014, Mandala has successfully engaged Chicagoland audiences in the rich diversity of South Asian performing arts traditions through professional performances, artistic education, and community engagement,” Pranita Nayar is quoted saying.

Dr. Umang Patel, president of Mandala Arts, welcomed the guests and described the new headquarters a vibrant addition to the neighborhood.

Alderwoman Silverstein expressed happiness at the revitalization of not just the development of the ward, but revitalization of arts and culture of South Asian heritage.

Alderman Andre Vasquez Jr echoed similar views in his speech.

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