Kalanidhi International Festival Of Indian Dance Announces Updated Programs, 3/28-4/2
Tickets are on sale now for the 16th Kalanidhi International Festival of Indian Dance: Whirling Streams which runs Tuesday March 28 to Sunday April 2, 2017 at Fleck Dance Theatre, Harbourfront Centre.
The Festival is dedicated to Sudha Khandwani, Founder and Artistic Director of Kalanidhi Fine Arts of Canada, who passed away in November of 2016, leaving an extraordinary history of international Indian Dance through her fifteen archived festivals (1993 to 2014).
With the passing of Sudha, her sister, acclaimed dancer and choreographer Menaka Thakkar, has agreed to take over the reins as Artistic Director and is pleased to announce updated programming details for this important international event.
All events on stage at Harbourfront Centre will also be live streamed and performances will be available at select public places and film theatres such as Cineplex during the Festival and available on-line over the internet as well.
Performances - The live and live-streamed Festival will present over 40 dancers from Canada and India and feature the classical and contemporary dance styles of Bharatanatyam, Odissi, Kathak, Chhau, Kathakali and Modern over the course of six days. Performers include Menaka Thakkar Dance Collective (Toronto), Santosh Nair Sadhya Dance (India), Bhavajan Kumar Dancers (Toronto), Sinha Dance (Montreal), Deepti Gupta-Arzoo Dance Theatre (Ottawa), Aparna Sindhoor Navarasa Dance Theater (Los Angeles), and solos by Menaka Thakkar (Toronto), Kasturi Mishra (Ottawa), Sujata Mohapatra (India), Parul Gupta (Toronto), Riya Alika Mittal (Edmonton), Nivedha Ramalingham (Pickering), Preetisha Mohapatra (India), Eesha Pingale (India), Shobika Sivaruban (Toronto), Sonia St-Michel (Ottawa), Sweta Pararajasingam (Toronto) and more to be announced.
Retrospective and Symposiums - A "DO NOT MISS" event on Sunday April 2 is a demonstration and symposium on the use of technology for teaching Indian dance on-line, hosted by Menaka Thakkar and Sujata Mohapatra. This will be followed by a one-hour retrospective film on the history of contemporary Indian Dance seen through the eyes of past Kalanidhi Festivals. The retrospective will be followed in the afternoon by a symposium discussion on Contemporary Indian Dance in India. Admission is free for all Sunday events. Pre-Festival Events - Leading up to the Festival, Kalanidhi paid tribute to Sudha with live-streamed events on December 18, 2016 and January 22, 2017 that featured memorable performances and new works from past participants, and will do so again on March 11 and 12 at Menaka Thakkar Dance Studio, 11 Glen Cameron Road, Unit #1, Thornhill, ON at 4:30pm. Encore performances of the Pre-Festival Events are available on the Kalanidhi website at www.kalanidhifinearts.org. This event is free but advance registration is required if attending in person at the studio as seating is limited.
The Artistic Director for the Kalanidhi International Festival of Indian Dance is Menaka Thakkar.
The Executive Director is Rasesh Thakkar. The Festival Manager & Marketing Director is Karen Dempster and the India Office Director is Abdullah Khandwani. The 16th Kalanidhi International Festival of Indian Dance is generously supported by: Canadian Heritage, Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, and donations.