Aditi Mittal: Mother of Invention
- Marissa Burgess
- 9 August 2019
This article is from 2019
Powerful hour about India's attitudes to women
Aditi Mittal is a thoroughly modern woman in a country that hasn't caught up with her yet. If female comedians think it's difficult in the UK, try being a woman on the burgeoning Indian stand-up scene. It certainly helps that she has a fearless role model in her life, a 5ft 4in not-to-be-messed-with mother; biologically, she's actually her aunt who, despite being a single woman of 31, took Mittal and her brother in after their birth mother died.
Mittal is quite obviously a daughter to be proud of, a force of nature with a kick-ass attitude. Here, she's a fearsome storyteller blessed with a wonderful turn of phrase as she relates 'awkward' gigs where she's endured a variety of reactions from being spat on to being arrested. Happily, this is countered by her experience of all-female crowds that joyously turn out not to be the hard-to-crack audiences they first appear.
For an outsider it's an incredible insight into Indian culture and a valuable reminder that feminism has a very long way to go. Some of the truly shocking anecdotes are only slightly softened by Mittal's ebullient, fast-paced style but she stills packs a powerful punch.
Assembly George Square, until 25 Aug (not 12), 5.30pm, £11–£12 (£10–£11).