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Aakash Odedra Company / Aditi Mangaldas Dance Company Mehek

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Aditi Mangaldas and Aakash Odedra performing on stage in Mehek

Two world-class kathak dancers celebrate love in all its forms.


Derived from the Hindi word for fragrance, Mehek alludes to the enduring power of memory and the essence of love itself.

This enchanting exploration of the human heart – its desires, courage, and resilience – is masterfully brought to life by the artistry of Aakash Odedra and Aditi Mangaldas. They are the great South Asian dancers of their respective generations.

This captivating performance gives a voice to an unspoken and overlooked love story. Centred around a mature woman and a younger man, the dance delves deep into their intricate characters, challenging norms and redefining the very essence of love.

Mehek marks the return of Aakash Odedra in the UK after the hugely successful Samsara in 2022 as well as the first duet of Aditi Mangaldas’ illustrious 50-year career.

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Mehek is co-produced by The Arts Center at NYU Abu Dhabi and co-commissioned by: Sadler’s Wells; The Lowry, Salford; Birmingham Hippodrome and the Bagri Foundation.

Header image © Angela Grabowska
Videography by Subhash Viman Gorania

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When Aakash Odedra is on stage, the sky’s the limit
INDIA TODAY

Mangaldas owned the stage
SANJOY ROY, THE GUARDIAN

He’s a dancer of quicksilver speed and gracefully light touch
THE GUARDIAN, LYNDSEY WINSHIP on Aakash Odedra

Her dance demonstrates what it means to be utterly free in body, mind and spirit to explore the world
DR SHANTA GOKHALE, MUMBAI MIRROR on Aditi Mangaldas

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