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Anvesana– Global Festival

Sampradaya Dance Creations is thrilled to announce the airing of 'Anvesana- Reflections in Solitude.'

Ideated and produced through the challenging pandemic over the last 6 months, this festival commissioned by Sampradaya Dance Creations celebrates the individual artistry and creative genius of each artist in expressing hope for a future of shared values of humanity and solidarity.

This digital dance festival features four exceptional artists, four intriguing themes, and four dance forms - Bijayini Satpathy performing Odissi, Methil Devika performing Mohiniyattam, Rama Vaidyanathan performing Bharatanatyam, and Aditi Mangaldas performing Kathak. An ode to great artistry and the journey it takes, it is a festival you don't want to miss!

To learn more about the artistic process behind the productions, watch each of the artistes in conversation with the Founder and Artistic Director of Sampradaya Dance Creations:

Artistic Process

Read more about the Digital dance festival in the following links:

The Hindu

Narthaki.com

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TRINITY, by Madras Players

TRINITY, by Madras Players

TRINITY is a seamless weave of 3 short stories on the "Tiruvarur Three", who lived around Thanjavur at the same time in the 18th century.

PARIMALA RANGANATHAR

Muthuswami Dikshitar travels from one holy Kshetra to another with his disciples, composing memorable keerthanais on the temple, deity and legend of the place.

Vidwan Vijay Siva as Muthuswami Dikshitar

SHYAMA KRISHNAN

Lalitha, the wife of Shyama Sastri waits long hours for her husband to return home from the temple. She ultimately merges with the "naadam" of his Tambura, snging the greate Yadukula Kambhoji Swarajathi of her husband.

Vidushi Gayathri Venkataraghavan as Lalitha

KEERTHI VILAASAM

About Us

Dance Creations

Described by the New York Times as 'a dance company of rare vitality', SAMPRADAYA Dance Creations is an award winning Canadian professional dance company specializing in the creation and production of classical and contemporary dance works rooted in the Indian Classical dance form of bharatanatyam. SAMPRADAYA's strength lies in its pursuit of excellence in the creation of a stunning range of solo and ensemble works that are infused with the creativity of Indian dance vocabularies, while inspiring audiences with the its innovative approaches to traditional movement.
SAMPRADAYA Dance Creations’ maintains a strong presence in the Canadian dance scene through its national tours and festival participation. SAMPRADAYA Dance Creations has toured across Canada and internationally to India, the United States, Indonesia and Ireland.

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Lata Pada, Artistic Director

Dancer, Choreographer, Teacher & Cultural Consultant, Lata Pada is recognized as one of Canada’s leading artists and arts advocates. An award-winning artist, she holds the distinction of being the first South Asian artist to receive the prestigious national honor of the Order of Canada in 2009. In January 2011, she was awarded the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman by the President of India. In 2012, she was honored with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for her contribution to the community as a Canadian citizen. More recently, Lata was inducted into the 2013 Inaugural Mississauga Legend’s Row as well as being named one of the Most Influential Individuals of the City of Mississauga.

As Artistic Director of SAMPRADAYA Dance Creations, Lata’s choreographic vision is compelled by her desire to redefine bharatanatyam in the ‘here and now’ as it navigates new and uncharted territory resulting in a stunning range of solos, ensemble works and multi-disciplinary productions.

Lata has trained under India’s eminent gurus Kalaimamani Kalyanasundaram and Padmabhushan Kalanidhi Narayanan. Originally from Bangalore, India, she has made Canada her home since 1964. She holds an MFA in Dance from York University and is an Adjunct Professor in their Graduate Program.

“Her clear direction in dance makes her one of the few who can successfully translate a thousand-year-old tradition into 21st century realities “
Toronto star