Drive East

Event has passed (Wed Aug 22, 2018 - Sun Aug 26, 2018)
Joe Goode Annex
August 22 - 24, 6 pm - 9 pm; August 25, 3 pm - 10 pm, August 26, 2 pm - 6 pm
$21 - $40
Music, Theater / Performance Arts


August 22 - 24, 6 pm - 9 pm; August 25, 3 pm - 10 pm, August 26, 2 pm - 6 pm

Celebrating six highly acclaimed New York seasons, Drive East, the expansive Indian dance and music festival produced by Navatman Inc., announces its first West Coast season in the San Francisco Bay Area. Immediately following the New York performances, over five days Drive East will feature 13 concerts Wed., August 22 through Sun., August 26 at the Joe Goode Annex in San Francisco, featuring artists from around the world and within the Bay Area. From bharatanatyam to ghazals, kuchipudi to kathakali, Drive East is a one-of-a-kind immersive experience into the world of Indian classical arts and an event The New York Times hails as "an extraordinary feat."
"We've been eager to present Drive East in San Francisco for a while now," says Navatman Inc. Co-Artistic Director Sahasra Sambamoorthi. "The Bay Area is by far one of the busiest hubs of classical Indian dance and music in America. It's a place of both strong tradition and driving innovation where audiences are equally diverse and extremely knowledgeable of the classical forms."

"It's important to us that how we present the festival is fresh and exciting so that audiences can really experience the vitality of these art forms. There is no better place for this than San Francisco," adds Co-Artistic Director, Sridhar Shanmugam.

"An extraordinary feat" -- The New York Times
"One of the top ten festivals of the year" -- Star Ledger
"A breath of fresh air "-- The Hindu

Arushi Mudgal (Odissi)
Navatman Music Collective (Carnatic vocal choir)
Shijith and Parvathy Nambiar (Bharatanatyam duo)
Manasa Suresh
NCS Ravali
Bhavana Reddy (Kuchipudi)
Sujit Vaidya, Mesma Belsare, and Kiran Rajagopalan
Navatman Dance (Bharatanatyam)
Prabal Gupta (Kathakali)
Nirmala Rajashekar (Carnatic Saraswati Veena)
Abhinaya Dance Company (Bharatanatyam)
Jonathan Hollander and KATHAK!
Flute Raman Trio (Carnatic flute)


  1. Joe Goode Annex 401 Alabama Street, San Francisco, CA