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Erasing Borders Dance Festival Enthralls New York Audience

The Indo-American Arts Council (IAAC)’s 11th Erasing Borders Dance Festival was held over three days this past weekend. The festival consisted of two shows in Queens and Manhattan boroughs of New York City and four workshops. The artists came from a variety of dance backgrounds from classical to contemporary.

On September 15th, the main show was held at the Alvin Ailey Citigroup Theatre in New York City with inaugural addresses by Sunil Hali, IAAC Executive Director, Dr.Nirmal Mattoo, IAAC Chair, Festival Director Deepsikha Chatterjee and Curator Uttara Coorlawala. The opening performance by Radhe Jaggi, a graduate of Kalakshetra Foundation, disciple of Leela Samson and also daughter of Sadhguru, enthralled the audience with a Bharatnatyam piece Sankara Srigiri choreographed by Leela Samson. This was followed by IndianRaga trio of Isha ParupudiSwathi Jaisankar and Sophia Salingaros who performed a medley of their works – Shiva Shambho, Mohanakalyani Thillana, Depression and Kaa Vaa Vaa. Brinda Guha brought in her group Kalamandir Dance Company to perform urbanJATRA, a contemporary piece drawing from Kathak & other Indian Classical movements. In Parijat Desai‘s Pardon My Heart, which was the final performance, the choreography weaved together dance with recitation of contemporary verse and with Hindustani khayal and tarana music.

Post performance, the talk back was moderated by Parul Shah, dancer, choreographer and one of the curators at the festival. On the agenda were gender issues and contemporary interpretations as compared to classical dance forms. Continue reading “Erasing Borders Dance Festival Enthralls New York Audience”

#BollywoodMonster Mashup brings plenty of activities on Family Day

The largest South Asian festival in Canada, #BollywoodMonster Mashup presented by TD, brings even more fun and free activities to festival-goers this time around at Mississauga Celebration Square. On July 21, as part of the #BollywoodMonster Family Day starting at 2pm, there will be a flurry of action to choose from including the KidZone with various games and activities, shopping, finger-licking food, free dance workshops and more.

“The KidZone is an integral part of the #BollywoodMonster Family Day experience, and we look to continue to grow it at this year’s festival. On behalf of the MonstrARTity team, we’d like to thank Toronto Area Ford Dealers for bringing the free mini car rides to the KidZone for #BollywoodMonster Family Day”, says Executive Director of MonstrARTity, Vikas Kohli. “It’s just as exciting that we will have some very skillful chefs who will be providing free cooking demos at the ever-expanding ChefZone. We have free parking for everyone so don’t miss out on the eighth season of this great festival that starts at 2 PM!

In collaboration with Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives (PAMA), and Heritage Mississauga, the #BollywoodMonster KidZone presents an exciting array of free arts and crafts such as creating pinwheels, bowl painting and flyable kites. Free games will also be provided courtesy of #MonsterArts for Youth and The Vaarso Foundation, who will be bringing a giant snakes and ladders board game, Continue reading “#BollywoodMonster Mashup brings plenty of activities on Family Day”

#MonsterWorld Mashup Festival Brings Sofar Sounds Secret Concert to Brampton For The First Time Ever

Looking for something other than a typical night out? The #MonsterWorld Mashup Launch Party is coming to Brampton on Friday, June 1, with an exciting array of musical guests, stand-up comedians and a visual art exhibition.

Good Kind Productions is collaborating with MonstrARTity to bring the popular global movement of the Sofar Sounds secret concert series to Brampton for the first time ever, where a secret lineup of surprise musical guests will have the crowd buzzing. The evening includes stand-up performances by a number of hilarious Brampton and GTA-based comedians, as well as a curated arts exhibit featuring works by local artists, with the support of Beaux Arts Brampton. The launch party will take place at The Den at Sheridan College, located on the Davis Campus. Free parking is available at the venue, and attendees are able to enjoy classic pub fare, Beau’s beer and other drinks at the bar during the show.

An exhilarating two-day event, #MonsterWorld Mashup is ready to take over Brampton this June 1-2, 2018. “We’re excited to have great partners and diverse artists in world music, urban music, comedy, spoken word and visual arts all working together to make our city spaces exciting”, says Executive Director of MonstrARTity, Vikas Kohli. “We’re presenting unique acts who represent the changing voices and faces of the GTA. The June 1st launch party will be a unique experience for the audience with Brampton’s first-ever Sofar secret concert and side-splitting comedy acts Continue reading “#MonsterWorld Mashup Festival Brings Sofar Sounds Secret Concert to Brampton For The First Time Ever”

Mississauga’s MARTY Awards 2018: Top Artists Honoured

— by Jatin Naik

Mississauga’s very own MARTY Awards was celebrated earlier this month on Thursday May 10. Leading artists from diverse fields were honoured at the 2018 MARTY awards ceremony hosted by the Mississauga Arts Council (MAC). The awards were presented at the Mississauga Convention Centre to a full house of attendees. A large number of nominated artists walked the red carpet as the evening unfolded, mingling with the media personnel covering the event. The Mississauga Arts Council was pleased to announce the following winners at the 2018 MARTY Awards ceremony in the below mentioned categories :

Festival of the Year – Tim Horton’s Southside Shuffle Blues & Jazz Festival

Lifetime Achievement – Gary Clipperton
Hazel McCallion Volunteer of the Year – Rita Ferguson
Laurie Pallett Patron of the Arts  – Pratt & Whitney Canada
Emerging Visual Arts – Kathlynn Hoang
Established Visual Arts – Huan Chen
Emerging Music Solo – Instrumental – Mason Victoria
Established Music Solo – Instrumental – Rob Tardik
Emerging Music Solo – Vocal – Abhishek Venkatachalam
Established Music Solo – Vocal – Alessia Cohle
Emerging Music Group – The Dreamboats
Established Music Group  – VIVA Trio
Emerging Media Arts – Francesco Philip Reale
Established Media Arts – Cathleen MacDonald
Emerging Literary Arts – Michelle Hillyard
Established Literary Arts – Eric Walters Continue reading “Mississauga’s MARTY Awards 2018: Top Artists Honoured”

2018 New York Indian Film Festival(NYIFF): Limelight, Spotlight, Highlights !

The 2018 edition of North America’s largest and longest-running Diaspora festival, NYIFF, will pay tribute to TWO Indian film industry icons who passed away in the last four months: Hollywood/Bollywood actor Shashi Kapoor and the India’s first female superstar Sridevi. Kapoor’s tribute will comprise of two masterpieces from this year’s Academy Award Winner James Ivory’s wheelhouse: SHAKESPEARE WALLAH and HEAT AND DUST. The festival will also screen AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF A PRINCESS, starring New York author and chef Madhur Jaffrey, as part of its Merchant-Ivory Retrospective. To honor Sridevi’s memory, NYIFF will showcase the actress’ 2012 return to Bollywood in ENGLISH VINGLISH, shot primarily in New York City. Additionally, the festival, running from May 7th to 12th at the Village East Cinemas in Manhattan’s Lower East Side, will open with the U.S. premiere of Ravi Jadhav’s Marathi language film NUDE (with English subtitles) and close with the New York premiere of veteran NYIFF director Hansal Mehta’s biopic on Islamic fundamentalist Omar Saeed Sheikh, OMERTA. This year’s centerpiece slot will be occupied by Miransha Naik’s Konkoni language film JUZE (with English subtitles),making its North American premiere at NYIFF.The festival’s complete lineup will be revealed soon!

“NYIFF is known around the world for its top-notch, out-of-the-box programming, and this year is no different,” said founder Aroon Shivdasani. “The New York audience is sophisticated, well-traveled, educated and discerning; as such, our content reflects what we think will resonate with the cinephiles of this cosmopolitan city and will keep them coming back for more.” Continue reading “2018 New York Indian Film Festival(NYIFF): Limelight, Spotlight, Highlights !”

Sushant Singh Rajput & Shekhar Kapur host an engaging Master-class at IFFI 2017

Padma Shri, BAFTA and National Award winner Shekhar Kapur along with Sushant Singh Rajput, Actor hosted anengaging and interactive master-class at the 48th International Film Festival of India on Day 7 at IFFI 2017.

Having made a spectacular directorial debut in 1983 with the multi-award winning Masoom, Shekhar gained international recognition with the 1994 Bollywood film Bandit Queen, for which he won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi, Filmfare Critics Award for Best Movie and Best Direction for that year. It was premiered in the Directors Fortnight section of the 1994 Cannes Film Festival and was screened at the Edinburgh Film Festival.

From questions ranging from learning the various aspects of filmmaking right from the scripting stage to eventually putting up the final product together on the big screen and collaborating in the near future, the actor and filmmaker thoroughly entertained the crowd comprising of filmmakers, aspiring actors and his fans. The popular filmmaker with a great sense of humour had the crowd in splits with his hilarious repartees as he spoke on several aspects related to his journey and evolution as a filmmaker. Continue reading “Sushant Singh Rajput & Shekhar Kapur host an engaging Master-class at IFFI 2017”