Drive East 2024

Drive East 2024 is set to transport you into the heart and soul of Indian arts like never before! Returning to Navatman’s new theater space for the second time, each night promises an unforgettable journey of cultural immersion.

As you step through the doors, prepare to be enveloped in a captivating metamorphosis, where Navatman’s theater becomes a canvas for intimate and immersive experiences.

Engage all your senses as take you home to our memories of India…inhale the intoxicating fragrance of jasmine, savor the tantalizing taste of spiced buttermilk, and feel the soothing touch of sandalwood paste on your skin.

Let the ethereal melodies of Hindustani and Carnatic music carry you to distant realms, while dancers weave stories of the past and future through their movements.

Drive East by Navatman isn’t just a concert – it's a sensory symphony, where the Indian arts come alive in a mesmerizing fusion of sight, sound, and emotion. Get ready to be swept away on a journey of cultural discovery and artistic inspiration!

Experience the Magic of Navatman's Drive East Festival

Dive into the vibrant world of Indian classical performing arts with Navatman's Drive East Festival, an event that has captivated audiences and critics alike. Celebrating its legacy of excellence, Drive East brings together the finest artists in dance, music, and theater for a 7-Day extravaganza in the heart of New York City.

What the Press is Saying:

"A Cultural Powerhouse" – The New York Times

  • The New York Times praises Drive East as "a cultural powerhouse," highlighting its role in bringing the rich traditions of Indian classical arts to the forefront of New York's cultural scene. The festival's dedication to authenticity and quality has made it a must-see event for art lovers.

"A Feast for the Senses" – The Wall Street Journal

  • According to The Wall Street Journal, Drive East is "a feast for the senses." The festival's stunning performances, from soulful music to dynamic dance, create an immersive experience that engages and enthralls audiences.

"An Artistic Revelation" – Time Out New York

  • Time Out New York describes Drive East as "an artistic revelation," celebrating its ability to showcase both renowned maestros and emerging talents. The festival's diverse lineup offers a fresh and exciting perspective on Indian classical arts.

"A Transformative Experience" – Dance Magazine

  • Dance Magazine hails Drive East as "a transformative experience," noting how the festival's intimate and engaging performances leave a lasting impact on its attendees. The dedication of the artists and the festival's unique ambiance make every performance a memorable journey.

What to Expect This Year

Unparalleled Performances:

  • The world’s most highly regarded performers come together over two weekends in August and September in Indian music and dance.
  • Workshop: This year, Drive East will host its first workshop in many moons by Narthaki Natraj!
  • Panel discussions: This year, we understand our art form through the concept of background and identity, allowing us to explore some form of how identity impacts spaces for these artists around the world.
  • Sweets x ragas: for the uninitiated viewer, sweets x ragas is a great way to experience food (or coffee, or wine) alongside ragas to understand Indian music at a deeper level!

A Community Celebration:

  • Cultural Exchange: Drive East is not just a festival; it's a celebration of community and culture. Connect with fellow art enthusiasts, network with artists, and be part of a vibrant cultural exchange
  • Family-Friendly: With events and activities suitable for all ages, Drive East welcomes families to explore and enjoy the rich tapestry of Indian classical arts together.

Book Your Tickets Today!

Secure your tickets today at or and prepare for an unforgettable journey into the world of Drive East. We look forward to welcoming you to this extraordinary celebration!

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