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About Bageshree Vaze:
Bageshree Vaze is one of the most unique Indo-Canadian artists today. As a dancer, choreographer and musician, her live performances combine the richness of India’s culture with a Canadian sensibility. Raised in St. John’s, NL, Bageshree initially trained in Bharatha Natyam, and studied vocal music with her father, Damodar Vaze. She later trained in Kathak dance with Jai Kishan Maharaj in New Delhi, and studied vocal music with the renowned Veena Sahasrabuddhe. Living in Toronto since 1996, Bageshree has three CDs to her credit, including Tarana, an album of music for Indian dance, which was released in India by Times Music under the name Khanak. Bageshree holds an M.A. in Dance from York University. In 2009, Bageshree was featured as a guest artist with the Niagara Symphony Orchestra, and in 2010, she was awarded the K.M. Hunter Award in Dance. Bageshree has performed in major festivals in Canada and abroad, such as the CanAsian International Dance Festival and the Vasantotsav festival in New Delhi. In May 2011, Bageshree completed a solo contemporary Kathak choreography entitled Avatar (9) which premiered at the Enwave Theatre on May 27 and 28, 2011 as part of Harbourfront Centre’s NextSteps dance season. Bageshree is currently completing a new CD and is working on a new dance production, Damaru/Mudra, which will premiere in May 2012.
About Vineet Vyas:
Vineet Vyas is one of Canada’s young and dynamic musical talents. He is a disciple of the late legendary Tabla maestro, Pandit Kishan Maharaj. During his performances, audiences worldwide are enthralled as they witness and feel the depth of his musicality, spontaneity and creativity. Raised in Truro, NS, now based in Toronto and New Delhi, Vineet was born into a family of traditional musicians of India: his grandfather, Pandit Brahmanand Vyas, was a renowned vocalist of New Delhi and initiated Vineet into North Indian (Hindustani) classical music at the age of five.
Vineet has been an active performer in the Canadian music scene since the World Exposition 1986 in Vancouver. In 1987, he began studying with Pandit Kishan Maharaj in Benares, in the traditional style of Guru-shishyaparampara. After intense training and sadhana (dedication) to his guru, Vineet firmly established himself as an accomplished tabla artist. Vineet has performed with some of India's eminent classical artists such as Us. Amjad Ali Khan, Pt. Birju Maharaj, Pt. Rajan and Sajan Mishra, Us. Aashish Khan, Us. ShahidParvez, and Dr. L. Subramaniam as well as contemporary musicians from numerous genres. He also regularly performs with his wife and celebrated Indian dance and music artist, Bageshree Vaze. Vineet was featured in Fingers of Fire, a Bravo! Channel documentary that followed his journey of life and music in Canada and India. His solo CD, Taalworks, is a breakthrough album featuring tabla at the forefront, and was released by Times Music in India in 2007. His latest offering, The King of Dhamaar – a Tribute to Pt. KishanMaharaj, has just earned an East Coast Music Award nomination for World Recording of the Year.