The Indian artist, filmmaker, writer and musician Aditya Mandayam leads the art-form BRUD as Benevolent Dictator.
In recent years Mandayam’s practice has taken a turn towards the esoteric Hindu traditions of Tantra. Combining avant-garde performance with his studies in Carnatic classical singing, Mandayam’s operatic oeuvre is a gesamtkunstwerk of sculpture, theater, cinema, music, light, text, sound, and image. Mandayam and friends run the tape label MUTO focusing on experimental approaches to surround sound. A former resident of the Rijksakademie, Amsterdam, Mandayam has exhibited widely, including CAC, Vilnius, MHKA, Antwerp, kim?, Riga, Art in General, New York, Schloss Solitude, National Museum of Bolivia, National Gallery, Zimbabwe, XII Baltic Triennial, Kunstverein Munich, and FUTURA, Prague. Mandayam’s latest book, a novel titled The Apparatchik, is out this fall by Boabooks, Geneva.