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Artistic director and founder Sudha Khandwani celebrates the 60th year anniversary of Kalanidhi Fine Arts which includes 25 years of presenting Indian Dance in Canada. Join us for the North American premiere of the internationally acclaimed Samudra Arts dance troupe from Kerala, India; California’s Amrapali Ambegaokar’s breath taking Kathak dance, and India’s masterful Vaibhav Arekar along with recent and new works by Toronto’s innovative inDANCE, Walter Carsen Award winning Menaka Thakkar Dance, and Hemant and Vaishali Panwar’s spell-binding dance. Symposium highlights include a history of the first 25 years of Kalanidhi Fine Arts in India, a process-revealed session with festival performers.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Thursday, March 14 – Opening Night
Opening Remarks – 8 pm
Sujata Mohapatra– World renowned Odissi dancer Sujata Mohapatra from Bhubaneswar, India performs a solo dance in Odissi style. 30 min. (India)
InDance – Hari Krishnan – Tribute to Sudha Khandwani in Bharatanatyam – 30 min. (Toronto)
Intermission 20 min.
Samudra Dance – Sound of Silence – Contemporary Indian dance performance from Kerala India using improvisational dance moments based on bharatanatyam and kalari payattu. First of two separate works performed at the festival, see also Saturday March 16th 50 min. (India)
Friday, March 15 – 8 pm
Menaka Thakkar Dance Company – 2012 Walter Carsen Prize winner Menaka Thakkar presents Gita Govinda, a beautiful production of the ancient love poem “Song of Govinda” featuring seven company dancers and world renowned Sujata Mohapatra in classical Odissi dance style. 1 hr. 15 min. (Toronto). Click here for a live stream of the performance.
Intermission 20 min.
Panwar Dance – World Premiere – With You Between Us – Hemant and Vaishai Panwar perform in Classical Kathak 35 min. (Toronto)
Saturday, March 16
Symposium Part 1: Fleck Dance Theatre – Upper Lobby
1pm – Panwar Dance (30 minutes) – Hemant and Vaishali Panwar discuss their work in India and Canada.
1:30pm – Menaka Thakkar & Sujata Mohapatra – Walter Carsen Prize winner Menaka Thakkar discusses her 40-year career in Canada. She will also discuss the creation of the Gita Govinda and Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra.
2.30-2:45pm – Coffee break
2:45-5:30pm – Kalanidhi Fine Arts – The first 35 years in India: Rasesh Thakkar, executive director of Kalanidhi Fine Arts presents the early years of Sudha Khanwani against the backdrop of post-colonial India.
Note: Symposium continues Sunday. See details below.
Saturday, March 16 – 8pm
Vaibhav Arekar – Solo performance in Bharatanatyam by one of India’s leading contemporary artists – 30 min. (India)
Amrapali Ambegaokar – Acclaimed Los Angeles dancer and Bollywood actress has also performed with Cirque Du Soleil. She will perform a solo in classical Kathak 30 min. (Los Angeles).
Intermission 20 min.
Samudra Dance – Canadian Premiere – Jalam – Contemporary Indian dance performance from Kerala India using improvisational dance moments based on bharatanatyam and kalaripayattu. See also Sound of Silence by Samudra Dance on Wednesday. 50 min.
Sunday, March 17
Symposium Part 2: Fleck Dance Theatre – Upper Lobby
1pm – Amprapali Ambegaokar discusses her internationaly acclaimed career in the US as a Kathak dancer and Hollywood actor, former principal dancer with Cirque du Soleil, solo silver medalist on Superstars of Dance and guest soloist on So You Think You Can Dance.
1:30pm – Vaibhav Arekar – Dancer, choreographer and artistic director of Sankhya Dance Creations speaks about his philosophy of dance and his work in classical and contemporary Bharatanatyam.
2pm – Samudra Dance – Artistic directors, choreographers and lead dancers Madhu Gopinath and Vakkom Sajeev discuss their work in contemporary choreography and in using merial arts forms for dance.
3-3:15pm – Coffee break
3:30-4:45pm Samudra Dance continues with footage and live demonstrations of their dance movements.
5pm – Finish
To register for the free Festival Symposium (Saturday, March 16, 1pm-4pm or Sunday, March 17, 1pm-4pm) email email@example.com
"Toronto-based Kalanidhi Fine Arts built its reputation on the heritage of Indian classical dance, but just about anything can happen when it opens its doors to fearless innovation."
– Toronto Star