Drive East 2017

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A gathering of Indian storytellers share perspectives

through diverse forms of Indian Classical Dance and Music



This August will see its fifth Drive East festival in Manhattan, from August 21 – 27, 2017. Promising to have an even more impactful and immersive experience this year, Navatman sets off its week long Indian performing arts festival at Dixon Place on the Lower East Side. While usually at LaMama, the intimacy of Dixon Place serves to accentuate a sense of inclusiveness and immersiveness as soon as you enter the space, making it an ideal venue for the to view and experience all the nuances of Indian classical dance and music. From widely acclaimed stalwarts to lesser known gems, Navatman bring NYC 20+ concerts in Indian classical dance and music.


Full Concert Line Up:

Monday, August 21st:

  • Aashish Khan – Sarode Recital 7:15PM – 8:15PM
  • Sujata Mohapatra – Odissi Recital 8:30 – 10PM


Tuesday, August 22nd:

  • Indrani Khare: Hindustani Vocal Recital 6PM – 7PM
  • Kinnar Seen – Sitar Recital 7:15PM – 8:15PM
  • Janaki Rangarajan – Bharatanatyam Recital 8:30 – 10PM


Wednesday, August 23rd:

  • Jin Won and Sue Yeon Park – Kathak Meets Korean Arts 6PM – 7PM
  • Navatman Dance, Feat. Sridhar Shanmugam – Bharatanatyam Recital 7:15PM – 8:15PM
  • Shankar Ramani – Carnatic Vocal Recital 8:30 – 10PM


Thursday, August 24th:

  • Pranamya Suri – Kuchipudi Recital 6PM – 7PM
  • Apoorva Jayaraman – Bharatanatyam Recital 7:15PM – 8:15PM
  • Ananya Ashok – Carnatic Vocal Recital 8:30 – 10PM


Friday, August 25th:

  • Prince of Dance: Christopher Gurusamy – Bharatanatyam Recital 6PM – 7PM
  • Prince of Dance: Avijit Das – Kuchipudi Recital 7:15PM – 8:15PM
  • Prince of Dance: Prashant Shah and Dancers – Kathak Recital 8:30 – 10PM


Saturday, August 26th

  • Youth Concert Day: Shankhadip Chakraborty – Hindustani Vocal Recital 2:30PM – 3:30PM
  • Youth Concert Day: Carnatic Power – Carnatic Guitar Recital 3:45PM – 4:45PM
  • Rare Arts of India: Devdutta Sengupta Ghosh – Manipuri Recital 6PM – 7PM
  • Battery Dance Company – The Durga Project featuring Unnath Hassan Rathnaraju, sponsored by State Bank of India 7:15PM – 8:15PM
  • Rajasthani Caravan – Rajasthani Folk Music & Dance Recital 8:30PM – 10PM


Sunday, August 27th:

  • Navatman Music Collective – Carnatic Choir Recital 2:00PM – 3:30PM
  • Rachna Nivas and Rina Mehta of the Leela Dance Collective with guest artist Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards – Kathak Recital 3:45PM – 4:45PM
  • Renjith & Vijna – Bharatanatyam Duet Recital 4PM – 5PM


Educational Events:

  • August 21 – August 25: 5PM – 5:30PM | Free storytelling sessions on Indian mythology for children
  • August 26: 12:30PM – 2:30PM | Saturday Youth Day