Amita, Without Limits

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Mandala Presents: Amita, Without Limits


Through classical Indian dance, two artists exude bhakti, peace, and limitless love for art and divinity. Featuring Odisha-based artist, Sonali Mishra, and Mandala Principal Artist, Ashwaty Chennat, two unique classical dance forms are highlighted and juxtaposed to show the beauty of "lasya," or the divine dance of the feminine spirit.


Amita will take place at The Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts Penthouse. Join us for a blissful afternoon of hypnotic movement, storytelling, and calming energy...with tea


About the Artists


Sonali Mishra is an Odissi dancer, writer, and researcher currently based in Odisha, India. Born and raised in the United States, Sonali was introduced to dance at young age by a community or artists based in Toronto. Since 1995, Sonali has been traveling to Orissa, India to feed her passion for perfection and understanding of the form. Her explorations eventually led her to the renowned Srjan institute, founded by the legendary Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra Gharana. She continues to receive training from artists who have dedicated their lives to education at Sjran.


Sonali has performed in dance festivals throughout the US, Canada, Europe, Australia and Malaysia. She regularly conducts workshops and lectures at leading universities in India, and in the west. Along with this, she has been awarded for her performances by leading organizations throughout India; most recently, she was recognized with the 2017 Monomanini Award.


Ashwaty Chennat is a Bharatanatyam artist and educator, who performs as a principal artist with Mandala. Ashwaty grew up amongst a community of diasporic artists in southeast Michigan; where she slept to the tunes of classical Indian violin and shared meals with great musical and dance artists performing abroad. Her training in Bharatanatyam was supplemented by Carnatic vocal lessons and passionate involvement in western dance (ballet and jazz), music, and theatre.


She continues to learn forms of movement from the South Asian region, including Mohiniyattam (Kerala, India) and Kandyan dance (Sri Lanka), from artists based in these regions. Recently, she was featured in “Unwinding,” and “Conversations with Devi,” with Mandala.

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Dance Styles
Traditional/Indigenous Dance


Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts

915 East 60th Street
The University of Chicago
Chicago, IL 60637
(773) 702-2787