Pranita Nayar

With Rumi


The poetry of Islamic scholar and Sufi mystic Rumi (1207-1273) has for centuries influenced artists working in a variety of disciplines. Rumi’s lyricism and articulation of love and the divine serves as the basis for much Persian and Afghani music. “With Rumi” will explore how barriers in language can be reconceived through various modes of art and, more specifically, re-communicated through the human body. “With Rumi” will emerge from narratives of discrimination and healing from women of color, incorporating movement and projected animation.


Pranita Nayar is an Indian classical dancer, choreographer, company director, curator and producer, whose work has been embedded in Chicago’s dance community for over 30 years. She is currently Executive Artistic Director of Mandala South Asian Performing Arts, an arts and cultural organization that supports innovation within performing arts traditions. Over the last several years, Pranita has been developing methodology to modernize classical Indian dance. In 2016, she was recognized as a Chicago Dancemakers Forum Lab Artist, where she developed a deconstructive process: Unwinding.

“Cultural traditions are like a flowing river, they are determined by

the space and time they exist in. Sudden changes cannot be stable or solid; my trajectory has been a slow, brilliant burn.” 
~Pranita Naya

Pranita Nayar