Gregory Hancock was looking for an authentic piece of art depicting India for his autobiographical piece, which relates to his trip to India.
So who better to turn to than his friend Madhuchhanda Mandal, originally from India and resident of Carmel?
The original artwork from India created by Mandal has been turned into a theatrical backdrop for Gregory Hancock Dance’s “There’s No Place Like Home”, which will be presented October 28-30 at the Tarkington at the Center for the Performing Arts by Carmel.
Hancock informed her of the script behind the production a few months ago.
“What sparked his interest in commissioning me the piece was the fact that I’m of Indian descent and my roots would convey some authenticity,” Mandal said. “I am quite familiar with the art forms that are prevalent in India. “
Mandal, who is known by her nickname Madhu, said that one type of collage seemed best suited for the piece.
“This is what you would see if someone took the different elements of India and put them in the form of a mural,” Mandal said.
Mandal said it was satisfying to do the play.
“First of all, I was able to put together something that I knew so well the first half of my life,” she said. “I have been deeply associated with different art forms. I was trained as a dancer. I was involved in a theater company. I was doing fine arts. The play was extremely rewarding because I was able to incorporate a lot of things that I was a part of, and not just (as) a passive witness. I can show my roots because it’s so colorful, and India is colorful in its most colorful form.
Mandal obtained his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in India.
“I learned different types of art, but decided to focus on fine art,” Mandal said. “I moved to New York for my graduate studies at the age of 25. “
Mandal, a married neuroscientist with two sons, moved to Indiana seven years ago, spending his first year in Zionsville before moving to Carmel. She grew up in Kolkata, India, before moving to the United States 16 years ago.
In addition to being a full-time clinical trial analyst, Mandal owns and owns Amber Grains Art Studio, where she spends countless hours creating her work and teaching art to students.