March 28–April 2, 2017

Kalanidhi International Festival of Indian Dance

Whirling Streams

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The 16th Kalanidhi Festival of Indian Dance “Whirling Streams” production is dedicated to the late Sudha Khandwani Founder and Artistic Director who passed away last year, leaving an extraordinary history of International Indian Dance through her fifteen archived festivals (1993–2014).

The live and live-streamed festival will present more than 40 dancers from Canada and India and feature the classical and contemporary dance styles of Bharatanatyam, Odissi, Kathak, Chhau, and Modern over the course of the six days. Performers include Menaka Thakkar Dance Collective (Toronto), Santosh Nair Sadhya Dance (India), Bhavajan Kumar Dancers (Toronto), and solos by Menaka Thakkar (Toronto), Kasturi Mishra (Ottawa), Sujata Mohapatra (India), Parul Gupta (Toronto), Riya Alika Mittal (Edmonton), Nivedha Ramalingham (Toronto), Mark Medrano with Roger Sinha (Montreal), Reshmi Chetram (Toronto), and more to be announced.

Join host Menaka Thakkar on Sunday, April 2, for a demonstration and symposium on the use of technology for teaching Indian dance online. Stick around for a one hour retrospective film on the history of contemporary Indian Dance seen through the eyes of past Kalanidhi Festivals. Plus, don’t miss a symposium discussion on Contemporary Indian Dance in India later in the afternoon.

Admission is free for these Sunday events, but registration is required. Register today at admin@kalanidhifinearts.org.

Tickets for live-streamed viewing will be available at kalanidhifinearts.org.

TUESDAY MARCH 28
OPENING NIGHT – 7:30pm

Live performance on stage + Live stream out
Opening Remarks – Dedication to Sudha Khandwani
Nivedha Ramalingham (Pickering) – Bharatanatyam solo prayer invocation
Menaka Thakkar (Toronto) – Karna Kunti solo dance drama
Sujata Mohapatra (Bhubaneshwar) – Odissi solo

Live Streamed/encore
Santosh Nair Sadhya Dance (New Delhi) – Mayurbhanj Chhau and Kathakali
Encore streamed performance of Game of Dice

WEDNESDAY MARCH 29
KATHAK IN TRANSITION – 7:30pm

Live performance on stage + Live stream out
Kasturi Mishra (Ottawa) – Kathak solo performance with 4 musicians

Live performance on stage + Live stream out
Deepti Gupta, Arzoo Dance Theatre (Ottawa) – Kathak solo performance with 3 musicians

THURSDAY MARCH 30
ODISSI EVENING – 7:30pm

Live performance on stage + Live stream out
Sujata Mohapatra (Bhubaneshwar) – Odissi solo performance of Rama Charita Manasam

Live Streamed/encore
Menaka Thakkar Dance Company (Toronto) – Encore streamed Odissi production of Gita Govinda featuring Sujata Mohapatra and 8 company dancers

FRIDAY MARCH 31
CONTEMPORARY DANCE – 7:30pm

Live performance on stage + Live stream out
Sinha Danse (Montreal) – Roger Sinha & Mark Medrano perform Burning Skin

Live performance on stage + Live stream out
Aparna Sindhoor & Anil Natyaveda / Navarasa Dance (Los Angeles/Boston)
perform A Story and A Song – Malkhamb (Aerial Dance)

Live performance on stage + Live stream out
Santosh Nair Sadhya Dance (New Delhi) – Mayurbhanj Chhau
Encore streamed performance of The Mystical Forest

SATURDAY APRIL 1
PROMISING EMERGING AND ESTABLISHED STARS OF INDIAN DANCE

10:30am
PERFORMANCE GROUP ONE

Live Streamed to Toronto from India
Preetisha Mohapatra (Bubaneshwar) – Odissi

Live performance on stage + Live stream out
Eesha Pingley (Mumbai, India) – Bharatanatyam

Live performance on stage + Live stream out
Parul Gupta (Toronto) – Kathak, Infusion Dance Studio

2:30pm
PERFORMANCE GROUP TWO

Live performance on stage + Live stream out
Shobi Ruban (Toronto) – Bharatanatyam

Live performance on stage + Live stream out
Sonia St-Michel (Montreal) – Odissi solo

Live performance on stage + Live stream out
Riya Alika Mittal (Edmonton) – Kathak solo

7:30pm
EVENING OF BHARATANATYAM

Live performance on stage + Live stream out
Sweta Pararajasingham (Toronto) – Bharatanatyam solo

Live performance on stage + Live stream out
Menaka Thakkar Ensemble (Toronto) – Bharatanatyam, 8 dancers perform Latanghi Varnam

Live performance on stage + Live stream out
Bhavajan Kumar (Toronto) – Bharatanatyam solo

Live performance on stage + Live stream out
Nivedha Ramalingam (Pickering) – Bharatanatyam solo

Live performance on stage + Live stream out
Menaka Thakkar Dance Company (Toronto) – Abhinaya, 3 dancers perform Chikkavane

Live performance on stage + Live stream out
Bhavajan Kumar Ensemble (Toronto) – 4 dancers perform

SUNDAY APRIL 2
All Sunday events in the Fleck Dance Theatre are FREE!

10:30am – 12:30pm
Live on stage + Live stream out

Demonstration/Discussion of Online Teaching of Indian Dance with Menaka Thakkar and Sujata Mohapatra, 6 dancers

1:30pm – 2:30pm
Live on stage + Live stream out

Looking Back at Contemporary Dance: A Retrospective
Filmmaker Abdullah Khandwani and Rasesh Thakkar trace the story of Contemporary Indian Dance as revealed through the past 14 Kalanidhi Festivals.

3:00pm – 5:00pm
Live on stage + Live stream out

CONTEMPORARY DANCE IN INDIA SYMPOSIUM – Skype calls and in person
Kalanidhi examines the current trends in contemporary through the eyes of some of the most eminent scholars and performers of Indian Dance. International speakers combine with local speakers.

Kalanidhi Fine Arts was founded in 1988 by Sudha Thakkar Khandwani (August 9, 1933 – November 3, 2016). For over 25 years, the Toronto festivals have showcased contemporary South Asian dance, as well as classical and traditional forms, and have brought legendary international artists from all over the world to North America often for the first time.

Within Canada Kalanidhi Festivals have presented emerging Indian dancers to dance audiences and continued to follow and present their works. The performers at the Festival represent an eclectic program of all classical Indian Dance styles as well as contemporary and modern works that express the evolution of Indian dance.

With the passing of Sudha her sister Menaka Thakkar has agreed to finish the Festival as its Artistic Director with the intention to continue the work of spreading a passion for Indian Dance as an art form.