Friday, August 7, 2020

6:00 PM

Lighting of the Lamp

Prof Rao Nanduri, Chair, TGIF
His Excellency Ajay Bisaria, Hgh commissioner of India to Canada
The Honourable Catherine McKenna MP, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
Mr Chandra Arya MP Nepean
Ms Marie-France Lalonde MP Orleans
The Honourable Lisa MacLeod, Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries
Mr. Cuckoo Kochar, President Phoenix homes
Mrs Cathy and Mr John Wenuk
Dr. Geeta Chowdhury
Smt Sailaja and Shree Karunakar Reddy Papala


6:15 PM

Speeches by Dignitaries

Prof Rao Nanduri, Chair, TGIF
His Excellency Ajay Bisaria, Hgh commissioner of India to Canada
The Honourable Catherine McKenna MP, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
Mr Chandra Arya MP Nepean
Ms Marie-France Lalonde MP Orleans
The Honourable Lisa MacLeod, Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries
Mr. Cuckoo Kochar, President Phoenix homes
Chef Joe Thottungal, Vice Chair, TGIF


6:45 PM

Invocation to Lord Ganesha

Sridaya Srivatsan


7:00 PM

Invocatory Dance - Aiyigiri Nandini

Upasana School of Dance

a Carnatic music performance in the praise of Lord Ganesha composed by Sri Muthuswami Dikshitar.


7:10 PM

Canada Unity Dance

A vibrant dance presentation highlighting five different cultures collaborating through music and dance. The Unity dance celebrates the unity of cultures, spiritual traditions and promotes harmony within all in this world. More ...

Canada Unity Dance Artist Introduction and Synopsis
  • 1- Amrita Dance Creations - Indian Dancer/Choreographer Amrita Choudhury 2- Buffalo Hat Singers - Indigenous Drum and singing group NORMAN ACHNEEPINESKUM NORMAND RAYMOND PEDRO DIAZ JUSTIN CHARLAND RICK QAVAVAUQ
  • 3- Barbara Kaneratonni Diabo - Indigenous Dancer/Choreographer Barbara Diabo
  • 4- Les Mutins de Longueuil - Quebecois Dance Célina B. Franco, Laetitia Péloquin-Vuille, Valérie Dubois-Tremblay, Marjorie Vincent, Charles Boivin, Nathan Chidiak, Renaud Chidiak et Sébastian Tanoni.
  • 5- Bernadette Short Irish Dance School - Irish Dance Emile Choiniere-Shields Kassandra Savoie Alicia Marsh Savannah Principe
  • 6- Kôtou danse- African Dance and Drumming Dioman Gbou William Atchouellou Ange Carelle Atchouellou Adama Daou

Amrita Choudhury and troupe are delighted to present The Unity Dance project, a vibrant dance presentation highlighting five different cultures collaborating through music and dance. The Unity dance celebrates the unity of cultures, spiritual traditions and promotes harmony within all in this world. The power of sharing music and dance and offering it collectively, The Unity Dance offers hope and inspiration of love, compassion and unity within all beings in this world.

First Nations artists The Buffalo Hat Singers are a group of contemporary powwow drummers made up of artists who are brought together by the Spirit of the song, the Power of the Drum, Peace, friendship and brotherhood. Drum carrier, Norman Achneepineskum, has over 20 years experience on the powwow trail and has performed hundreds of shows in the past many years. Accompanying Norman in offering this powerful piece will be talented artists NORMAND RAYMOND,PEDRO DIAZ, JUSTIN CHARLAND, RICK QAVAVAUQ.

International dance artist and choreographer Barbara Kaneratonni Diabo, has been performing for over the past 25 years. She takes great pride in sharing her indigenous culture with audiences ,and has performed across Canada and world wide.

Les Mutins de Longueuil school of dance has been performing in international festivals, on television, and have been sharing their Quebecois culture through dance and music at various local and international venues. The talented dancers of Les Mutins de Longueuil are Célina B. Franco, Laetitia Péloquin-Vuille, Valérie Dubois-Tremblay, Marjorie Vincent, Charles Boivin, Nathan Chidiak, Renaud Chidiak and Sébastian Tanoni.

Kotou Danse artist Dioman Gbou has toured internationally for cirque du soleil and performed African dance in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia. She will be accompanied by well known African dance artist Ange Carelle. William Atchouellou & Adama Daou internationally acclaimed African percussion artists, have performed world wide with an emphasis in traditional African dance & drumming styles.

Bernadette Short Irish dance school is one of the most reputable dance schools highlighting the rich Irish dance culture and has performed throughout North America in various festivals and competitions. Today's Irish dance performance will be presented by Emile Choiniere-Shields, Kassandra Savoie, Alicia Marsh, Savannah Principe.

Amrita Choudhury brings 30 years of international experience in Indian classical, folk, modern and creative dance performance and teaching. She believes that dance goes beyond geographical boundaries and cultures and through her collaborative works with different cultures internationally, her productions reflect this theme of Unity within Diversity. The TGIF is thankful to all the artists who have generously offered their time, energy, hard work and travelled all the way to Ottawa to offer this piece of love and hope through dance and music, for this special festival.

All artists of The Unity Dance, International and local, have made their home in Montreal, Quebec and are delighted to be here at The Great India Festival in Ottawa to offer this vibrant collaboration of love and harmony, through the power of music and dance.


7:50 PM

East west fusion

Muskan Bhatia & Naomi Kapoor Bringing the Indo-western culture together More ...

Taking the beats of India and applying them to western song so bring the 2 cultures together!

8:00 PM

Array of Bollywood songs

Girinandini Upadhyay and Hanshul Upadhyay Presenting melody of Bollywood songs.


8:15 PM

Ritu Samhara by Kalidasa - performed in Odissi

Namrata Gupta troupe


Saturday, August 8, 2020

10:00 AM

Cooking Demo

Transcend your home cooking to restaurant-level quality by following tips and techniques coming straight from the kitchen of Thanjai, a South Indian restaurant.


10:10 AM

Kashmir the land of divine love

A documentary film


11:00 AM

Prana - the Science of the Breath

Jyoti Jain, Master of Science in Yoga with 11 years of experience in Yoga and Meditation, she will guide you through a prana Workshop where you will learn more about the cosmic life force within you and how to use simple and practical yoga techniques of asana, pranayama & meditation.


11:30 AM

Energy Healing and Guided Meditation

Workshop conducted by Pooja Grover, she is an intuitive visual artist, reiki master, energy healer, and mindfulness practitioner who is passionate about creating mindful moments for other by spreading her love for art and deep understanding of soulful connections. More ...

Mindfulness Based Intuitive Indian Visual Art Workshops (Artist Pooja Grover)

As an Intuitive Visual Artist with Indian ethnicity, Pooja strives to contribute to, promote and celebrate Indian Visual Arts in Canada. She strives to enhance inter-cultural activities in Ottawa in a unique way by offering Mindfulness Based Intuitive Indian Visual Art Workshops.

These workshops take place throughout the year at various occasions to further the interest of one and all in soulful Indian Visual Arts. Soulful intuitive art is a way of life that helps de-stress, connects one with their higher selves and brings self-awareness. It needs to be inculcated in one’s day-to-day lives and hence frequency as well as consistency of such workshops helps reap the therapeutic benefits of such visual arts.

Pooja’s vision is to bring these workshops to not only Canadian of Indian ethnic background but also make them available to people of other cultural backgrounds. The objectives of these workshops is to:

  • Make learning of Indian Visual Arts more accessible
  • Spread awareness of the meditative/therapeutic benefits of creating Indian Visual Arts
  • Develop healthy self-awareness as engagement in visual arts cultivates mindfulness
  • Foster self-love
  • Increase self-esteem
  • Reduce anxiety by focusing on breathwork and using guided breaths to create soulful Indian Visual Arts
  • Enhance soul power
  • Find balance
  • Combat depression, anxiety and chronic pains
  • Assist with digital detoxification
  • Calm the self-critic by providing non-judgmental environment
  • Identify and eliminate creative blocks
  • Inculcate, support and foster mindful art practice using symbols and mantras from rich Indian cultural heritage
  • Bring the concept of ‘Mediation Through Art’ to the doorsteps of those who will shape the future of Ottawa, a multicultural city where art forms deep connections between people encouraging unity in diversity.

Are you curious to learn about Indian Visual Arts? Do you wonder about the therapeutic benefits of Indian Visual Arts? Would you like to explore the concept of ‘Mediation Through Art’? Are you looking to explore this mindfulness based practice as a team building workshop?


12:00 PM

Kalamkari Art Workshop

get mesmerized by the amazing artwork of Machilipatnam Kalamkari style, using block printing and intricate patterns. Kalamkari is a type of hand painted or block printed art on cotton or silk textiles, it is done using pens and natural dyes. Watch live art by Aruna Chagarlamudi, an acrylic and mixed media artist, painting Tree of life.


12:30 PM

Raindrops

A Poetry Reading: Guddi Sharma a.k.a Jagjeet Sharma is a freelance journalist, poet, and author. Nature?s Subtle Seductions, Fragments and Raindrops are the 3 books of poems written by her. Tune in to listen to a very intense and thought provoking poetry on social issues from a journalist's point of view. More ...

Guddi Sharma or Jagjeet Sharma is a freelance journalist, poet, and author. She hosts a weekly radio show, Asian Sounds along with her husband Surinder Sharma and her children Tejeshwar Sharma and Meenakshi Sharma on CKCU 93.1fm.

She launched her first book of poems, Nature’s Subtle Seductions, April 14th, 2018 at Ottawa City Hall.

Her second book of poems, Fragments, was launched May 25th, 2019 at Ottawa City Hall.

All sale proceeds from the two books were donated to the University of Ottawa Heart Institute.

Raindrops is her third collection of poems. It is a continuation of her creative process, “I observe, I feel, and I write. I call it journalistic poetry”. The book launch would have taken place in May of this year but due to COVID-19, it has been postponed to October, 2020.

Guddi Sharma or Jagjeet Sharma has been featured in the North Grenville Times, Juice 97.5 FM, Kemptville, CHIN Mirch Masala radio. She has been invited to local South Asian festivals for book signings and poetry readings.

She is a member of the Ottawa Independent Writers (OIW), North Grenville Writers Circle in Kemptville, and is a founding member of the Ottawa Ethnic Media Forum.


12:50 PM

Nrityashala presents: Ekla cholo- walk alone

Indrani Choudhury and troupe More ...

First one tells us about the beautiful season of rain, that denotes love, hope and happiness! The second denotes our fight and the inspiration that would keep us going in difficult circumstances and help us to come out victorious!

Both the songs written by none other than India’s first Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore

Vocalist- 1. ‘more Bina othay ’- Indrani Sen

Vocalist- 2 ‘Ekla cholo’- Amitabh Bachchan : Dancers- Sarita Chaudhary, Wanya, Chandrima, Anahi, Sasha, Mithila and Indrani Choudhury


1:00 PM

Bismillah and Benaras - an ICCR film

A documentary film


1:30 PM

Through A Lens Clearly : Raghu Rai's India

A documentary film


2:00 PM

Post COVID-19 pandemic world - Panel Discussion

The "history-changing" Covid-19 pandemic has enormous consequences for the individual, community, country, and the world. Tune in to know has the world changed? And what will the Post Covid-19 world look like?
Join our panelists-
His Excellency Ajay Bisaria, High Commissioner of India to Canada and
Mr. Michel Gauthier, Chair, World Tulip Summit Society.
Moderated by Prof. Rao Nanduri, Chair, TGIF


3:30 - 5pm

Break


5:00 PM

Cooking Demo - Thali

passionate about promoting Indian culture and cuisine, award-winning Ottawa's Chef Joe Thottungal and and the owner of the restaurants Coconut Lagoon and Thali Coconut Lagoon in Ottawa will demonstrate his culinary skills. Tune in to learn all the secrets.


6:00 PM

Namami Vignaraja

by Rupkatha Ganguly


6:10 PM

Rabindra Nrittya

by Trisha Ghosh More ...

Song: Amar Mukti Aloy Aloy composed by Rabindranath Tagore

Rabindra Nrtittya Natya developed primarily as dance-dramas written by the poet laureate Rabindranath Tagore. The dance form developed to portray emotion of a song through dance movements. It is a versatile art form that can be adapted to the 8 major classical dances. The songs are composed in both Bengali and Sanskrit. In Rabindra nrittya, a dancer will provide glimpses of classical dance, in this video the dance movements are inspired from Kathak.


6:20 PM

73 Bollywood songs with Abby V

Inspired by the 73 Questions by Vogue, watch Abby V sing a few lines of 73 Bollywood song back-to-back as he is quizzed on 73 of the most iconic Bollywood singers.


6:50 PM

A tribute to Birju Maharaj

Join us in celebration of a kathak legend's influence on modern Bollywood with A Tribute to Padma Vibhushan Pandit Birju Maharaj by Upasana The Spirit of Dance! Renowned worldwide for his excellence in classic kathak, Padma Vibhushan Pandit Birju Maharaj has also composed many popular Bollywood hits. Enjoy the timeless love stories of Radha and Krishna evoked by Upasana's captivating kathak choreography.


7:20 PM

Taal Tarang

a sensory percussion concert by Pandit Sandip Burman, an internationally renowned tabla maestro from West Bengal, India. Mr. Burman plays tabla, sitar, and tabla Tarang (melody on tabla) While exploring World Music, Jazz, Western Classical, and Hollywood Movie Soundtracks, He has played on albums such as Facing East, Vishnu, GRAMMY Award-winning Outbound, GRAMMY Award-winning Live at the Quick DVD and Global Fusion from Warner Brothers. More ...

Sandip Burman, a native of Durgapur, India, is a disciple of the late distinguished tabla master, Pandit Shyamal Bose of Calcutta. Sandipji’s performances are marked with spontaneous innovation and tonal purity while delivering complex rhythmic patterns (tala) or melody (raga).

Sandipji is the first generation of musicians in his family and without the backing of a reputed musical heritage, it is an unyielding dedication and enthusiasm that has driven him to continually challenge himself as a student and to grow musically beyond tabla playing and into 4 different instruments: tabla, tabla tarang, sitar and voice also.

Some of his accomplishments include solo performances at the Kennedy Center, First Night Providence (Rhode Island), Ravinia Festival (Chicago), Percussive Arts Society Conference (PASIC) and Nashville Symphony.

He has performed with foremost Indian musicians such as Pt. Debu Chaudhuri , Pt. Jasraj, Smt. Laxmi Shankar, Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia, Dr. Rajeev Taranath, L. Subramaniam, Pt Chitresh Das (Indian Dance), Pt. Ravi Shankar and Western artists such as Steve Zerlin, John Wubbenhorst, Kurt Gartner, Dean Linton, Andy Narrell and Victor Wooten. With them he as performed at such venues as the Ali Akbar Music College Festival, the Monterey World One Festival, the San Francisco Asian Museum of Art, the International Bengali Conferences in L.A. and Philadelphia, the Getty Museum (L.A.), Street Scene (San Diego), Nelson Atkins Museum (Kansas), Telluride Bluegrass Festival (Colorado), Stern Grove Festival (San Francisco) and Wolf Trap (Washington D.C.).

While exploring World Music, Jazz, Western Classical and Movie Soundtracks, Sandipji has played on albums such as Facing East, Vishnu, Outbound (GRAMMY award winner for best Jazz album), Live at the Quick DVD (GRAMMY Award winner for Best Live Performance) and Global Fusion from Warner Brothers. Always in search of new challenges, Sandipji wrote his first Western Classical piece for wind ensemble & string quartet with Gary Hill and Jonathan Moser, as well as contributed to Danny Elfman’s soundtrack of Tim Burton’s film, Mars Attacks. He also organized and arranged a tour with Jazz legends Jack DeJohnette, Jerry Goodman, Randy Brecker, Howard Levy, Paul McCandless, Steve Smith, Dave Pietro and Paul Bollenback.

His dazzling performances, combined with his rich and eloquent playing style, have enabled him to teach master classes and perform at prestigious institutions world-wide such as CalArts, San Francisco State, Stanford, UCSD, Brown, DePaul University, Texas Tech, Penn State, Dartmouth, University of Chicago, Drummer Collective (NY), the Peabody Conservatory, etc. and in Mexico, North Africa, Israel, the Rotterdam Conservatory in Holland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore Hong Kong, Sweden, Denmark and Ireland.


Sunday, August 9, 2020

10:00 AM

Cooking Demo by chef Sachin

Cooking Demo by chef Sachin


10:20 AM

Namami by Upasana School of Dance

Upasana The Spirit of Dance presents Ṇamāmi! Nikita Kamble Bagal performs to Ganesh Stuti. Revered as the remover of obstacles and a patron of the arts, this piece extols Lord Ganesha, and seeks his blessings on this joyous occasion! Choreography and artistic direction by Saveeta Sharma. More ...

In celebration of The Great India Festival, Upasana The Spirit of Dance presents Ṇamāmi! In honour of this auspicious day, these stunning kathak performances seek blessings and fortune. Opening with Shiv Stuti, Megha and Shilpa Rao perform a devotional stotra to praise the victory of the Goddess Durga over Mahishasura. In the second half of Ṇamāmi, Nikita Kamble Bagal performs to Ganesh Stuti. Revered as the remover of obstacles and a patron of the arts, this piece extols Lord Ganesha, and seeks his blessings on this joyous occasion! Choreography and artistic direction by Saveeta Sharma.

11:00 AM

Becoming friends with yourself

The Yogic way by Kirti Pande: a workshop for practicing yoga in a way that cultivates self-compassion. She comes from a family where Yoga was practiced for centuries. This yogini has expertise in Asanas, Pranayama, Mudras, Meditation, Yogic Diet, Upnishads & Carak Samhita, Gita & Rig Veda, Yogic Counseling, Chakra Balancing through Yoga and Mantra Yoga. More ...

Kirti Tarang Pande
Founder, Home Yogis’ Home
  • Certified Yoga Instructor from S-VAYASA, Bangalore.
  • Studied yoga in Kaivalyadham, Mumbai, 6 years.
  • Teaching experience: 5 years in India
  • Initiated into Tantra Yoga from Nagas of Nepal
  • Degree in Psychology, Union Grants Commission Certified Guidance Counsellor.
  • Published writer on Yoga and Spirituality
  • Course Co-ordinator, Yoga Instructor Course, S-VYASA University, Pune sub-center
  • Areas of Expertise
    • Asanas, Pranayams, Mudras
    • Meditation
    • Yogic Diet
    • Upnishads & Carak Samhita, Gita & Riga Veda
    • Yogic Counseling
    • Chakra Balancing through Yoga
    • Mantra Yoga
  • Past:
    • Entertainment journalist for Timesgroup, doing ‘on-air’ celebrity interviews for Zoom TV that were further carried on Times Now & ET Now, providing snippets to Bombay Times.
    • Script Writer & Lyricist for Indian Television & ad-guru Prahlad Kakkar.
  • Part time: Journalism lecturer in Xavier College, Mumbai.

11:45 AM

Art heals the soul

Pooja Grover is an intuitive visual artist, reiki master, and energy healer. Follow her artistic thoughts and philosophy as she takes you on a tour of her art gallery and talks to you about 9 carefully chosen paintings. More ...

Mindfulness Based Intuitive Indian Visual Art Workshops (Artist Pooja Grover)

As an Intuitive Visual Artist with Indian ethnicity, Pooja strives to contribute to, promote and celebrate Indian Visual Arts in Canada. She strives to enhance inter-cultural activities in Ottawa in a unique way by offering Mindfulness Based Intuitive Indian Visual Art Workshops.

These workshops take place throughout the year at various occasions to further the interest of one and all in soulful Indian Visual Arts. Soulful intuitive art is a way of life that helps de-stress, connects one with their higher selves and brings self-awareness. It needs to be inculcated in one’s day-to-day lives and hence frequency as well as consistency of such workshops helps reap the therapeutic benefits of such visual arts.

Pooja’s vision is to bring these workshops to not only Canadian of Indian ethnic background but also make them available to people of other cultural backgrounds. The objectives of these workshops is to:

  • Make learning of Indian Visual Arts more accessible
  • Spread awareness of the meditative/therapeutic benefits of creating Indian Visual Arts
  • Develop healthy self-awareness as engagement in visual arts cultivates mindfulness
  • Foster self-love
  • Increase self-esteem
  • Reduce anxiety by focusing on breathwork and using guided breaths to create soulful Indian Visual Arts
  • Enhance soul power
  • Find balance
  • Combat depression, anxiety and chronic pains
  • Assist with digital detoxification
  • Calm the self-critic by providing non-judgmental environment
  • Identify and eliminate creative blocks
  • Inculcate, support and foster mindful art practice using symbols and mantras from rich Indian cultural heritage
  • Bring the concept of ‘Mediation Through Art’ to the doorsteps of those who will shape the future of Ottawa, a multicultural city where art forms deep connections between people encouraging unity in diversity.

Are you curious to learn about Indian Visual Arts? Do you wonder about the therapeutic benefits of Indian Visual Arts? Would you like to explore the concept of ‘Mediation Through Art’? Are you looking to explore this mindfulness based practice as a team building workshop?


12:25 PM

Instrumental ICCR Documentary

A documentary film by Indian Council for Cultural Relations showcasing the rich variety of instruments used in Indian music, which virtually provide the looms of sound on which the musicians weave a rich pattern of melody and rhythm.


12:45 PM

Charity Chat

Contributions of Indo-Canadian community during the COVID-19 pandemic


1:45 PM

Red Oleanders

Rabindranath Tagore's classic staged by Indus theatre. The play, the English version of a famous Bengali drama, was written and translated by India?s Nobel Laureate poet Rabindranath Tagore almost 100 years ago. A powerful allegorical drama on the nature of capitalistic society, contrasting nature versus industrialization and machines, spiritual versus material, and living versus mere existence, it is as relevant today as when it was written. More ...

The Indus Theatre presents the play "Red Oleanders". The play, the English version of a famous Bengali drama, was written and translated by India’s Nobel Laureate poet Rabindranath Tagore almost 100 years ago. A powerful allegorical drama on the nature of capitalistic society, contrasting nature versus industrialization and machines, spiritual versus material and living versus mere existence, it is as relevant today as when it was written.

RED OLEANDERS describes the more fundamental issue of the free spirit of life set against a highly organized and mechanized society which turns men into robots, reducing names into numbers. The theme of the play is the age-old struggle between the liberating impulse and compulsive will, between the free intelligence and cold calculating intellect that has assumed sinister proportions with the development of scientific techniques. The treatment is characteristically Tagorean, half realistic, half allegorical, logic and mysticism weakening each other, making the dramatic effort a suggestive one.

The plot circles around Nandini, a dynamic, free spirited idealistic woman in a cynical, greedy world. The action unfolds in a gold mining town in the hills if India. The dispirited workers are known only by serial number to those who govern them.

The Governor is a corrupt leader interested only in strengthening his totalitarian power, while the region’s mighty king is so fearful that he hides himself until his power has been utterly sapped away. An allegory of the spiritual destructiveness of materialism and the corruptive force of power is the essence of the play.

The play is produced by Geeta Chowdhury and directed by Dr. Maitreyi Saha. The cast comprises both young and more mature actors, including Non–Indo-Canadians who worked together with great enthusiasm. We hope that this play will be enjoyed by all the diverse elements of the Ottawa Community as well as showcase our literary and cultural heritage to the community at large.

For more information please visit the website www.industheatre.ca.

Cast
  • Isha Moza as Nandini
  • Gaurav Jain as Kishor
  • Shouvik Mukherjee as Professor
  • Ranojoy Basu Ray as the King
  • Sabrina Piccolo as Chandra
  • Debashish Chakravarty as Phagulal
  • Goutam Shaw as Bishu
  • Joydeep Ghosh as the Governor
  • Avijit Deb Chowdhury as Gosain
  • Nikhil Bakshi as Headman
  • Abhijit Ghosh as Antiquarian
Story
Compiled by Sabrina Piccolo

The story takes place in Yaksha Town, an Indian mining town controlled by a ruthless Governor who forces the men into slavery by making them work day and night in the mines to dig for gold. Yaksha Town is within a kingdom where the King has very limited knowledge of what is going on outside his castle. The King does not seem to know of the hardship experienced by his people. He is only aware that gold is being extracted from the mines and that his fortune is immense. The King is lonely and powerless. He is a puppet king. But with Nandini's arrival, he is starting to awake from his passive state and gets inspired by her idealism and her words of freedom. He is also slowly developing feelings for Nandini.

The Governor controls every aspect of the miners’ lives. He pretends to care for them but he is actually selfish and ruthless. The Governor will use all means possible to keep the miners and their wives trapped in Yaksha Town to work in the mines, including blocking all roads leading out of the town. The Governor will also call on a preacher, the Gosain, to “pacify” the rebelling miners across the kingdom. The Gosain does not have the miners’ interest at heart, he only wishes to maintain his spiritual influence over his disciples and his position within the kingdom.

Some are fooled by the Governor’s and the Gosain’s fake intentions, like Chandra, the naïve wife of Phagulal, a gold miner. Chandra is satisfied with her life even though it’s a tough and unfair life brought on by the Governor’s thirst for power and wealth. She is scared of what would happen if the miners start rebelling, she does not want things to change as she is worried more misfortune will come along, “better the devil you know”. So when Nandini, a free-spirited being thriving for freedom and justice makes her appearance in Yaksha Town, Chandra becomes jealous, bitter and resentful towards Nandini. She is especially hurt by the fact that her longtime friend, the poet Bishu, and her own husband Phagulal, side with Nandini and against the Governor.

Nandini, the free-spirited being, is before all a symbol of freedom, justice and the purity of Mother Nature. She is the face of the revolution. She is the abstract representation of the miners’ awakening and ultimately of the fight for freedom. Throughout the play, she will be looking for Ranjan, anticipating their reunion after much time spent apart. But Ranjan the rebel has escaped from the grip of the Governor and his men, and he is now on the run.

Bishu the poet was once a Governor ally, but when he realizes that the Governor is a foe rather than a friend, he starts rebelling and is motivated to do so even more by his friend’s arrival, the free-spirited Nandini, whom he loves dearly. Nandini’s soul mate however is Bishu’s good friend Ranjan. Ranjan is a character you will actually not see, but he is often spoken of. Ranjan is truly the one who sparked the revolution, like Nandini he is a free spirit who condemned and fought against the slavery of the miners. Bishu and Phagulal will carry on Ranjan’s fight for freedom until the very end.

The Professor is a scholar who is in charge of providing “guidance” to the King. He does not seem to take side with the miners; rather he seems more preoccupied in maintaining his own status and in trying to charm Nandini with his academic knowledge. The Professor is also developing feelings for Nandini who somehow managed to shake the inner peace of the righteous scholar. The Professor will later call upon the Antiquarian, a so-called wise man, to ”talk some sense” into an awakening and frustrated King.

Kishor is a young, brave and kind miner (child labourer) who is smitten with Nandini and who only wishes for Nandini’s happiness. He will put his life at risk on many occasions for Nandini’s sake. Nandini returns his affection with words of comfort and kindness, Kishor is like a young brother to her. Kishor in many ways represents hope and the future of the next generation to come.


3:00 - 5 PM

Break


5:00 PM

Cooking Demo by Rajesh Mehta (Rinaag)

For over 30 years. Rinaag has been catering Indian food in Ottawa, Kingston and Montreal regions. Their Ottawa restaurant and banquet hall is located in Nepean where you can find freshly made naan in tandoor! Rinnaag also offers takeout and you can also find great tasting samosas with delicious imli chutney.


6:00 PM

Sambandha by Upasana the Spirit of Dance

Upasana the Spirit of Dance presents Sambandha! Sanskrit for "relationship", Sambandha offers a variety of performances with a common theme: connection through dance. This unique series of mother & daughter duets (or trios!) will begin with a Guru Vandana, a reverence to our teachers, by Sharmila and Anusha Khare. Tillana shows a playful competition between Kathak and Bharatanatyam dancers Sumitha, Neela, and Riya Ramachandran. In Rhythamika, dancers Monica and Anjali Banton interpret the rhythm of drums through Odissi and Kathak. During Kathak Fantasy, Leena Jhaveri and daughters Sophie & Rjaana Ahmed will showcase the famous beauty of the 27 chakkars. And finally, Sunita and Karina Bhatia will close the performance with Jugalbandhi, a spirited competition between two devoted kathak dancers. Artistic Direction & Choreography by Saveeta Sharma.


6:30 PM

Shiva Tandava Stotram by Archana Narayanamurthy

A beautiful Bharatanatyam rendition for Lord Shiva.


6:55 PM

Raga Ahir Bhairav on Santoor by Jonathan Voyer and Shawn Mativetsky

An evening of santoor by Jonathan Voyer disciple of santoor maestro Pandit Satish Vyas and of vocalist Pandit Somanath Mardur and Shawn Mativetsk, a ganda-band disciple of Pandit Sharda Sahai of the Benares tabla gharana. More ...


Jonathan Voyer received his initial training with voice teacher Louise Yard from whom he learned the Bel Canto singing technic. Disciple of santoor maestro Pandit Satish Vyas and of vocalist Pandit Somanath Mardur, he now evolves in the Hindustani Classical Music tradition. Jonathan holds a bachelor’s degree in education, a master’s in religious studies and a PhD in Practice and Theory of research in Arts from the University of Quebec in Montreal (UQAM). With dancer Julie Beaulieu, he founded the company Saṃskāra: les artisans du passage to promote transcultural dialogue through arts. Jonathan teaches at UQAM and performs regularly in Canada and abroad.

Shawn Mativetsky is a ganda-band disciple of Pandit Sharda Sahai of the Benares tabla gharana. He holds a Master’s degree in music from McGill University and has received grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Department of Canadian Heritage, and the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec. Based in Montreal, he teaches tabla and percussion at McGill University.

8:00 PM

Closing Ceremony