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Chicago’s Mandala Arts Names New Executive Director


Chicago’s Mandala Arts Names New Executive Director

India-West Staff Reporter

CHICAGO, IL – Mandala South Asian Performing Arts has named musician and educator Chethan Anant as its interim executive director.

He will be responsible for planning, organizing, and directing the organization’s operations and programs, a press statement said.

Anant is an Indian classical musician, multi-instrumentalist, music producer, and music educator from Chicago, specializing in the Hindustani classical tradition.

He is an avid collaborator and loves sharing music with artists spanning varied genres, including Carnatic, jazz, Thai traditional, roots, blues, and hip hop.

As an educator, Anant has been teaching music since 2016 and strives to share his new-generational perspective on the age-old Hindustani Classical music tradition with his students, the statement said.

 Pranita Nayar, who continues as Mandala’s Artistic Director, said of Anant, “I am confident that he will lead Mandala into the next decade with our mission to produce forward-looking programming that responds to the aspirations of the rising, young, South Asian population of the U.S., who are interested and committed to the practice and propagation of the performing arts.”

Mandala South Asian Performing Arts is a MacArthur Award-winning organization founded by Pranita Nayar.

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