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Harbourfront Centre NextSteps commemorates 60 years of Kalanidhi Fine Arts
March 14-16, 2013

Toronto, ON (February 21, 2013)Kalanidhi Fine Arts celebrates six decades of dance with a three night festival at Harbourfront Centre, March 14-16, part of NextSteps’ dance season. The festival features 15 performances by artists and dance companies from India, California and Toronto.

Founded in India, Kalanidhi Fine Arts has called Canada home for 25 years. Artistic Director Sudha Khandwani introduced 11 international Indian dance festivals to Canadian audiences, providing a stage for Canada’s emerging Indian dance artists. Over the years, Sudha has encouraged a deeper understanding of classical Indian dance as well as an awareness of a wide array of contemporary dance styles from around the world.

Kalanidhi Fine Arts holds a special place in the Canadian dance community as the first organization from a culturally diverse background to bring public festivals to Canada. Since its ambitious debut New Directions in Indian Dance festival in1993, the organization has presented multiple festivals, conferences and symposiums featuring leading Indian dance artists and choreographers from Europe, Asia, Africa, Canada and the US. The organization aims to nurture, support and build awareness of the traditional and contemporary Indian dance in Canada.

Dates / Times / Location
Thu, March 14 at 8 p.m.
Fri, March 15 at 8 p.m.
Sat, March 16 at 8 p.m.

Duration: 1 hour 40 minutes (Thursday and Saturday), 2 hours 5 minutes (Friday)
Location: Fleck Dance Theatre – 3rd Floor, Queens Quay Terminal, 207 Queens Quay West

Festival Performances

Thursday, March 14, 2013 – Opening Night
Opening Remarks – 8 pm
• Sujata Mohapatra (India) – world renowned odissi dancer performs a solo.
• Hari Krishnan (Toronto), InDance – tribute to Sudha Khandwani in bharatanatyam
• Samudra Dance (India) - Canadian Premiere of Jalam, a contemporary Indian dance performance using improvisational dance moments based on bharatanatyam and kalaripayattu. First of two separate works performed at the festival, see also Sound of Silence on Saturday, March 16.

Friday, March 15, 2013 – 8 pm
• Panwar Dance (Toronto) – World Premiere of With You Between Us, - performed by Hemant and Vaishai Panwar perform in classical kathak.
• Menaka Thakkar Dance Company (Toronto) – 2012 Walter Carsen Prize winner Menaka Thakkar presents Gita Govinda, a beautiful production of the ancient love poem “Song of Govinda” featuring seven company dancers and Sujata Mohapatra in classical odissi dance style.

Saturday, March 16, 2013 – 8pm
• Vaibhav Arekar (India) - solo Performance in bharatanatyam
• Amrapali Ambegaokar (Los Angeles) - solo performance in classical kathak
• Samudra Dance (India) –Sound of Silence, a contemporary Indian dance performance using improvisational dance moments based on bharatanatyam and kalaripayattu. One of two separate works performed at the festival, see also Jalam on Thursday, March 14.


On Saturday March 16 and Sunday March 17 there will be symposium talks about the first 35 years of Kalanidhi Fine Arts in India.

Tickets: NextSteps tickets are on sale now! Regular ticket packages (three or more productions) offer discounts and exclusive partner offers, discounted parking and more. Single tickets are available anytime via our box office by calling 416-973-4000, Tuesday to Saturday, 1-6pm, or online at

NextSteps, Harbourfront Centre's national dance series, brings the very best in Canadian dance from across the country – and around the globe – to Toronto's finest performance stages. The 2012-13 season, running September to May, features 25 companies, each one showcasing the incredible spectrum of dance within our country.

Harbourfront Centre is a Canadian charity operating the 10 prime acres of Toronto's central waterfront as a free and open public site. We celebrate the multiplicities of cultures that comprise Canada and enliven the city through the creative imaginations of artists from across the country and around the globe. Harbourfront Centre attracts more than 17 million visits to its site each year to experience 4,000 diverse public events and activities. Harbourfront Centre receives operational support from the Government of Canada and the City of Toronto and program funding from all levels of government, the private sector and individual donors.

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