Mandala Arts appoints Chethan Anant as interim executive director

Anant’s leadership will include involvement in budget management, fundraising, and coordination of marketing staff and volunteers

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Mandala Arts, a Mac-Arthur award-winning organization based in Chicago, has appointed Chethan Anant as its interim executive director.

A highly regarded musician and educator, Anant takes charge of orchestrating and overseeing the operations and programs at Mandala Arts. “His role encompasses leadership in budget management, fundraising, and the coordination of marketing staff and volunteers,” the organization said in a statement.

Anant said he is looking forward to being a part of the work that Mandala sustains. Mandala Arts’ Artistic Director Pranita Nayar said, “I have worked with Chethan, a dedicated music professional, for the last four years in his capacity as a curator and producer of events.

“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,” she added.

An accomplished Indian classical musician, Anand plays the bansuri (flute), tabla and sitar. The Chicago-based musician has performed across the country and internationally. Aside from performances, he actively collaborates on cross-genre music with Carnatic, jazz, Thai traditional, roots, blues, and hip-hop artists, according to his bio.

His experience in live sound management and studio recordings helped him develop a skillset in music production. Anant is also a music educator and is specialized in Hindustani classical tradition.

He has been teaching music since 2016, intending to share his new generational perspective on the age-old Hindustani classical music tradition with his students. He has given lecture demonstrations and performances at Stanford University, Tulane University, MIT, and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

About Mandala Arts

Founded by Nayar, Mandala Arts offers an exploration of classical to contemporary dance, theatre, and music forms of South Asia to its audience. The organization has presented work at the Chicago Symphony Center, Harris Theater, Logan Center for the Arts, the Art Institute of Chicago, and with Auditorium Theater.