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South Asia Calling - July 4-6

Ancient Gurus: Modern Mastery is the guiding principle behind this weekend-long celebration of the contemporary South Asian community in Toronto and around the world.

Curatorial Statement

The Big Idea for this season is Legacy and we will approach the festival with the curatorial vision of Ancient Gurus: Modern Mastery. This vision will enable us to look at legacy as a continuum of the collective wisdom of past generations, its transformation in the present and propagation to the future.

From a classical sitar to a jazz saxophone, a rhythmic kathak to a stylized hip hop, a meditative raga to a trance groove; through this festival we will embark on an exciting journey to discover how traditional and contemporary artists have transformed the legacy passed down to them. Standing on the shoulders of the giants these artists are embracing age-old traditions and pushing them beyond the borders, giving new expressions and interpretations to ancient customs—while honouring the traditions and values of the maestros and celebrating the amazing array of original creative expressions of today.

This year also marks the 40th anniversary of Harbourfront Centre. The festival will follow the theme of Jashn or celebration. It will showcase traditional celebratory performances whose context and content has evolved over time, for example Bhangra, which was originally only a harvest dance but has now developed into a celebratory dance for any joyous occasion. Similarly the Basant kite flying festival has evolved into the Jashn e Bahaara festival for celebrating spring.

The festival will showcase music, dance, film, literature and cuisines from the various cultures of Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Tibet and Nepal.

— Umair Jaffar, Lead Artistic Associate


Harbourfront Centre Staff

William J.S. Boyle

Chief Executive Officer

Melanie Fernandez

Director, Community Engagement & Activation

Rodrigo Fritz

Senior Artistic Associate/Project Coordinator

Umair Jaffar

Artistic Associate, Lead

Annette Paiement

Artistic Associate

Mary Luz Mejia

Guest Artistic Associate

Georgia Barrington

Administrative Coordinator

Natalie Buckley

Administrative Assistant, Events

Serge Sargento

Music Assistant

Andrea Strachan

Event Production Manager

Kim Trollope

Technical Director

Stirling Bogie

Production Coordinator

Genevieve Peng

Volunteer Coordinator

Dorothy Szczurek

Assistant Volunteer Coordinator

Adriana Sabogal

Vendor Coordinator

Advisory Committee

Suba Sankaran

Indica Jainudeen

Azalea Ray

Mohamed Khaki

Amirali Alibhai

Ranju Bakshi-Advani

Kalsang Gyaltong

Sheniz Janmohamed

Bishnu Parajuli

A programme of the complexity and size of this 2014 festival season is only possible with the cooperation, contributions and hard work of every department and all members of the entire Harbourfront Centre staff. We extend our thanks to them all. We would also like to acknowledge and thank the dedicated Harbourfront Centre Volunteer Team who, for the past 35 years, has worked tirelessly to make all our activities possible.
* Some exceptions apply
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