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Kiran Ahluwalia in Markham!
Special Price for Nrtyakala Students!
Student tickets only $15.00!
Thursday, April 28 @ 8pm
Flato Markham Theatre, Markham ON
Prime tickets: $59
Regular tickets: $54
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Indo-Canadian singer Kiran Ahluwalia’s music is Middle Eastern with a Western twist. A modern exponent of the great vocal traditions of India and Pakistan, Ahluwalia honours this influence in her music while also departing from it in masterful and personal ways. Her original compositions embody the essence of Indian music while embracing influences from both the West and Africa — specifically the Sahara. With her five-piece group of electric and acoustic guitars, harmonium, tabla and electric bass, Ahluwalia creates boundary-breaking songs that invite us to explore the human condition, transcending the self by losing ourselves in love.
Born in India, raised in Canada and currently living in New York City, Ahluwalia’s last CD, Aam Zameen: Common Ground was awarded a JUNO for “Best World Music Album of the Year”, her second award in the same category. Her discography, now six albums deep is one of global music’s most interesting adventures. Her 2014 album, Sanata: Stillness is a hybrid of Indo-Saharan music.
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Padma Bhushan Kalanidhi Narayanan
1928 – 2016
Dr. Menaka Thakkar, Artistic Director of Menaka Thakkar Dance Company and Nrtyakala Academy of Indian Dancealong with Sudha Khandwani, Artistic Director of Kalanidhi Fine Arts of Canada wishes to honour Smt. Kalanidhi Narayanan with a Remembrance Tribute to mark her passing on.
We will hear live streamed remembrances from eminent dancers and disciples including: Kalakshetra School Director Priyadarsini Govind (from Chennai, India), Padma Bhushan Professor C.V. Chandrasekhar (from Chennai, India);Ramya Harishankar (United States) will perform a dance tribute to her Guru; Menaka Thakkar herself will recount various aspects of her multifaceted relationship with her Guru who was more like a mother to her over a 30 year period. Menaka brought her four times to Canada and introduced her to her own Indo-Canadian students of Nrtyakala School in a direct Guru-Disciple relationship. They all feel blessed to have her influence on their dance.
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Canada's Premiere Indian Dance Company Presents Live-Streaming of
"IN THE FURTHER SOIL"
Available to Presenters
"In the Further Soil” illustrates the journey that MENAKA THAKKAR has forged in founding the first professional school of Indian dance in Canada as well as forming the first professional Indian dance performance company which became the first culturally diverse dance organization to receive funding from Canada Council for the Arts. The title of this production comes from a poem by Rabindranath Tagore in which he speaks of the Banyan Tree that not only grows in its own soil but reaches its roots to the further soil which is an apt metaphor for the growth of Indian dance in Canada through the activities of Ms.Thakkar. The 2015 encore show will feature 20 company dancers and students from the school performing in classical Bharatanatyam, Odissi and contemporary works.
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April & May 2016 - Wise Monkey Foolish Crocodile - Youth Programming
"Wise Monkey Foolish Crocodile" is a timeless classic from the Panchatantra tales (an ancient Indian collection of animal fables in verse and prose) and was created in 1979 for the International Year of the Child. This dance drama is based upon creative dance movements that illustrate several classical an folk Indian dance styles. The delightful tale begins with a husband crocodile forced into a situation where he has to choose between being loyal to his wife or to the monkey. However, the wife’s loyalty is based on greed while the monkey’s is based on genuine friendship. The husband crocodile makes the wrong choice, choosing greed over friendship in the end, he loses his friend, and upsets with wife.
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June 2013 - Menaka Thakkar receives Governor General's Award
Dr. Menaka Thakkar was awarded the 2013 Governor General's Performing Arts Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement in a three day event held in Ottawa. Judges Citation: "In a career spanning some 50 years, Menaka Thakkar has made an extraordinary contribution as a dancer, choreographer, institution builder, and teacher. Acknowledged worldwide as a pioneer of Indian classical dance, this trail-blazing creator has had a profound effect on the appreciation and popularity of dance from a diversity of cultures. She is deeply committed to artistic integrity and excellence, and her vision and dedication have paved the way for countless emerging Canadian dance artists and organizations. Dr. Menaka is the first artist from a diverse community to receive this prestigious lifetime achievement award in dance.
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