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South Asia Calling heralds a convergence of master artists and innovators
August 8 to 10 at Harbourfront Centre - Part of World Routes (Presented by RBC)

South Asia Calling is a new free festival showcasing the diversity of South Asian culture through music, film, dance, food and visual arts. With a focus on masters, teachers and innovators; this festival presents profile artists from India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Tibet alongside internationally recognized artists from Canada. Cross-generational and cross-cultural traditions of mentorship and collaboration highlight these artist's important impact on the greater South Asian culture.

Free MUSIC highlights include:

On Friday night the festival premieres the debut collaboration Autorickshaw - Bollywood and Beyond, which finds the acclaimed Toronto group performing with a string quartet and the Hannaford Street Silver Band. Experience a dizzying display of Indian classical music and vintage Bollywood hits merging with jazz, electronica, and folk. Launching Friday evening's festivities are performances from students of Brampton's respected The Tabla House school followed by Toronto's Skyline group - who combine and contrast Sri Lankan with Western percusssion styles.

Free Saturday night concerts include the Canadian debut of U.S. based trio Tirtha (Downbeat Magazine's Rising Star artist, pianist Vijay Iyer alongside guitarist Prasanna Ramaswamy and tabla player Nitin Mitta) playing traditional and contemporary instruments. Following Tirtha are a duet performance by Aashish Khan and Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri, two of India's most influential music artists. Aashish Khan's family has a musical lineage extending back to the 16th century and he began playing publicly with his family in the 1950's. Aashish quickly built an international reputation as a Sarode master which expanded when he cofounded the groups Shanti and The Third Eye, pioneering East and West musical collobarations. He has collaborated with George Harrison, Ringo Starr and Eric Clapton and was nominated for a Grammy Award in 1996. Chaudhuri is regarded as one of the finest Tabla players of his generation and he has won many international awards.

On Saturday evening a late-night performance called Sister South Asia showcase features prominent UK DJ Ritu playing her signature mix of house, garage, soul, swing, jungle, ragga, bhangra, and hindi. This influential DJ is also a well-known BBC broadcaster and host who is acknowledged as a leading musicologist of the British Asian music scene.

On Saturday afternoon the group Talavadya Kacheri features a collaboration amongst leading players from Canada, India and Sri Lanka including Dr. Sriram Suryanarayan on mridangam and khanjira; Anamalai Manoharaon on thavil, Vineet Vyas on tabla and Jay Shankar Balan on violin. On Sunday afternoon Toronto based Irshad Khan delivers a unique presentation of different Indian classical music styles. His mastery of the intricate gayaki-ang (vocal) and tantra-ang (instrumental) styles are enhanced by his incredible sitar and surbahar (bass-sitar) playing.

Free DANCE highlights include:

Naach Dhamaaka is an extravagant collage of dances and dance groups representing the diverse regions of South Asia, produced by Lata Pada of Sampradaya Dance Creations. Enjoy song and dance from the U-Tsang province of Tibet in Song & Dance from the Roof of the World, with the first performance featuring graduates from the Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts in Dharamsala, India, founded Dalai Lama in exile to preserve Tibet's unique cultural heritage. In the second performance the graduates are joined by students of the Tibetan Canadian Culture Centre. Learn about the many variations of the Bhangra dance and dress as Bhangra Nation presents the Virasatt Academy from Punjab, India. Sample the four variations of the Dances of Sri Lanka when Lathika's and Pushpa's Dance Troupe, the Malay Dance Troupe, Premila's Dance Academy and the Mandakini Dance Troupe perform. Finally, enjoy the dances of Bollywood during the Nach Nach Bollywood Dance Competition where groups across Toronto compete.

Free FILM highlights include:

A celebration of the dynamic South Asian film industry takes place within the Ollywood film series. Showcasing films from Sri Lanka, Bangledesh and Pakistan audiences will be inspired by films from Bollywood (based in Mumbai, formerly Bombay), Lollywood (based in Lahore), Tollywood (based in Telugu), and Kariwood (based in Karachi). Featured titles include two screenings of the Canadian premiere of In the Name of God (Khude Ke Liye) by director Shoaib Mansoor, which shows the struggles of Muslim Pakistanis in their own communities and abroad in the post-9/11 world. A Peck on the Cheek (Kannathil Muthamittal) by director Mani Ratnam shows an adopted girl searching for her biological parents in war-torn Sri Lanka. The Toronto premiere of Fisherman's Daughter (Dheevari) by director Salinda Perera is a subtle protrayal of the harsh realities of life in a fishing village in Sri Lanka. A Q&A with director Perera will follow the screening Home Land (Ontorjatra) by directors Tareque and Catherine Masud show a divorced mother and her son returning to Bangladesh after 15 years abroad, prompted by the boy's father's sudden death and funeral.

Free VISUAL ART highlights include:

Toronto's SAVAC (South Asian Visual Arts Centre) curates two exciting presentations of contemporary South Asian art. In partnership with SAVAC Sounds of the Silenced is a 90 minute film program by internationally known mixed media artist and curator Sharmila Samant. This Mumbai based artist examines the twin problems of slum demolition in urban Mumbai and agrarian suicides in rural India in a video that forms the background for her major installation Revolutions Forms that Turn at The 2008 Biennale of Sydney. The artist will be present after the screening for a Q&A.

Throughout the weekend, SAVAC's juried member's exhibition RE-GENERATION will feature mixed media works examining the social, political and cultural contexts within South Asia, Re-generation responds to the complex and changing nature of the contemporary South Asian experience.

In partnership with the Textile Museum the exhibition South Asian Textiles is a special preview of South Asian works from the upcoming The Cutting Edge exhibition project. This weekend-long exhibit expresses the meaning of traditional South Asian textiles and their response to a society's needs and cultural preferences. The display is accompanied by a video.

Free FOOD highlights include:

Food demos provide visitors with a sensory passport to South Asian cuisine. Curry, Spice and Everything Rice features Excecutive Chef Sanjiv Malhotra from Indus Junction making coriander and mint chicken curry and basmati and Zuchini cakes. Shangrila Tibetan and Asian Cuisine Chef Dolma Tsering will be preparing Momos. Chef Anthony Lin of Danforth Dragon creates Hakka Chow Mien. Additional demos will feature the popular Sri Lankan dish hoppers (appa) by Chef Bala of Colombo Catering. A tea demo hosted by Umbereen Inyat will feature Masala Chai, Tibetan Butter Tea and fine teas from Sri Lanka and Nepal.

Free FAMILY highlights include:

Natrel Kidszone - August 9 (1 to 6 pm), August 10 (1 to 5pm)

Through The Eyes of a Child Art Activity in partnership with Masala! Mehndi! Masti! and Artescape Anua. will provide every child imaginative ways to explore the world of South Asia and to use their talent to its greatest ability! Through the use of mixed media materials such as feathers, bindis, sparkles, paint, felt cutouts of cows, fields, huts, cars, and more, children can bring their imagination into a tangible form on canvas. Imagine cows wearing bindis, or milkmans using cell phones! The idea is - what is South Asia now to the next generation? A telecommunications giant? A land of Bollywood song and dance? Samosas and chutney?
For information on South Asia Calling events, the public can call 416-973-4000 or visit www.harbourfrontcentre.com

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South Asia Calling FULL SCHEDULE OF EVENTS -All events are FREE unless otherwise indicated
Venue Terms: SIRIUS Satellite Radio Stage (SSRS), Toronto Star Stage (TSS), Brigantine Room (BR), Lakeside Terrace (LT)

Free Music Events:
August 8 - 7 p.m. (TSS) - The Tabla House (Students of The Tabla House in Brampton entertain with a performance of traditional Indian classical Tabla music)
August 8 - 9 p.m. (TSS) - Skyline (Pop music with a Sri Lankan slant as Sri Lankan traditional drums battle it out with Western percussion)
August 8 - 8 pm. (SSRS) – RabindraSangeet/Tadore songs with vocalists Krishnakali Sengupta and Dipro Chakraborty (Hear the beautiful poetry of Tagore with the traditional sounds of Bangladesh)
August 8 - 9:30 p.m. (SSRS) - Autorickshaw - Bollywood and Beyond (This collaboration combines Bollywood music with Indo-Jazz)
August 8 - 10:30 p.m. (BR) – Amal Release Party featuring The Tabla Guy (Gurpreet Chana) and DJ Publicity (Celebrate the release of Richie Mehta’s critically-acclaimed film AMAL with a fusion of tabla and bhangra)
August 9 - 2 p.m. (SSRS) - Talavadya Kacheri (Classical South Asian drumming)
August 9 - 8 p.m. (SSRS) - Tirtha featuring Vijay Iyer (A trio of innovative South Asian virtuosos performing on traditional and contemporary instruments)
August 9 - 9:30 p.m. (SSRS) - Aashish Khan and Swapan Chaudhuri (Two of the foremost instrumental virtuosos in Hindustani music. Shanti cofounder Aashish Khan is a sarod master who was nominated for a Grammy in 2006. Chaudhuri is a legendary tabla player who's ingenuity has ushered in a new style of playing)
August 9 - 10:30 p.m. (BR) - Sister South Asia featuring DJ Ritu with DJ Amita and Bombay Cabaret
- DJ Ritu's mix includes house, garage, soul, swing, jungle, ragga, bhangra, and hindi)
August 10 - 3 p.m. (SSRS) - Irshad Khan (One of the world's best Sitar players and the leading Surbahar [BassSitar] player of his generation)

Free Dance Events:
August 9 - 3:30 p.m.(SSRS) - Naach Dhamaaka (produced by Lata Pada of Sampradaya Dance Creations)
Multipe dance groups perform dances from diverse South Asian regions in a extravagant collage
August 9 - 1:30 and 2:30 p.m.(TSS) - Song & Dance from the Roof of the World - Song and dance from Tibet, featuring graduates from the Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts in Dharamsala, India. In the second performance the graduates are joined by students of the Tibetan Canadian Culture Centre.
August 9 - 5 p.m.(TSS) - Nach Nach Bollywood Dance Competition - Bollywood dance groups from across the GTA compete
August 9 – 6:16 p.m. (TSS) – Bhangra Workshop with Karin Garib (Learn the energetic dance of bhangra with Broadway’s Bombay Dreams dancer Karin Garib)
August 9 - 9 p.m.(TSS) and August 10 - 5:20 p.m.(SSRS) - Virasatt Academy from India, presented by Bhangra Nation
August 10 - 2:30 p.m.(TSS) - Dances of Sri Lanka - Sample the four variations of the Dances of Sri Lanka when Lathika's and Pushpa's Dance Troupe, the Malay Dance Troupe, Premila's Dance Academy and the Mandakini Dance Troupe perform.

Food Events:
August 9 - 3 pm (BR) - Curry, Spice and Everything Rice - Excecutive Chef Sanjiv Malhotra from Indus Junction
August 9 - 3:30 pm (LT) - Chai, Tea & Hum: Tea Tastes of South Asia - Hosted by Umbereen Inyat
August 9 - 5 p.m. (BR) - Curry, Spice and Everything Rice - Sri Lankan Hoppers culinary Demo by Chef Bala of Colombo Catering
August 10 - 1 pm (BR) - Curry, Spice and Everything Rice - Chef Dolma Tsering from Shangrila Tibetan and Asian Cuisine
August 10 - 3 pm (BR) - Curry, Spice and Everything Rice - Chef Anthony Lin of Danforth Dragon

Free Film Events:
Ollywood film program in the Studio Theatre

IN THE NAME OF GOD (KHUDA KE LIYE)
Friday, August 8 - 10:00 p.m. & Sunday, August 10 - 1:00 p.m.
Pakistan, 2007, Canadian Premiere - Director: Shoaib Mansoor
The struggles of Muslim Pakistanis in their own communities and abroad in the post-9/11 world.

A PECK ON THE CHEEK (KANNATHIL MUTHAMITTAL)
Saturday, August 9 - 2:00 p.m.
India, 2002, Director: Mani Ratnam
An adopted girl searches for her biological parents in war-torn Sri Lanka.

FISHERMAN'S DAUGHTER (DHEEVARI)
Saturday, August 9 - 6:00 p.m, Toronto Premiere
A Q&A with the director will follow the screening
Sri Lanka, 2006, Director: Salinda Perera
A subtle protrayal of the harsh realities of life in a fishing village in Sri Lanka.

HOME LAND (ONTORJATRA)
Sunday, August 9 - 4:00 p.m., Toronto Premiere
Bangladesh, 2005, Directors: Tareque Masud, Catherine Masud
A divorced mother and her son return to Bangladesh after 15 years abroad, prompted by the boy's father's sudden death and funeral.

Free Visual Arts Events:

RE-GENERATION: A SAVAC (South Asian Visual Arts Centre) Juried Members' Exhibition
Fri., Aug. 9, 6:30 p.m.-11p.m., Sat., Aug. 10, 10 a.m.-11 p.m. & Sun., Aug. 11, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Marilyn Brewer Community Space

The Sound of the Silenced by Sharmila Samant in partnership with SAVAC
Visual Arts Video Screening with Q&A - Friday, August 8, 7:00 p.m. - Studio Theatre

South Asian Textiles: A special preview of South Asian works from the upcoming The Cutting Edge exhibition project
Fri., Aug. 8 through Sun., Aug. 10 - York Quay Centre's North Breezeway

Additional Free Events:

Canadian Stories - First and second generation South Asian Canadians tell their stories, beginning with Mrs. Amar Patel of the Indian Rice Factory. Mrs. Patel moved to Toronto when there were less than ten Indian families in the city and she opened her own restaurant in 1970 to showcase authentic classic Indian cuisine. Chef, educator and lecturer, Mrs. Patel has been recently inducted by the Ontario Hostelry Institute as a Fellow of the Institute in recognition of her professional achievement and contributions. The host is Devyani Saltzman, author of Shooting Water, a memoir. - Lakeside Terrace - August 10 - 2p.m.

Cricket Demonstrations - Learn how to play cricket all weekend long from members of the Ontario Cricket Development Organization
Ann Tindal Park - August 9 (6 to 9 p.m.), August 10 (1 to 9 p.m.), August 11 (1 to 4:30 p.m.)

Dhabba 'Truck Stop' Cafe" - The best Dhabba in town with henna, games, flowers and sweets
Lakeside Terrace Tent - August 9 (6 to 11 p.m.), August 10 (1 to 11 p.m.), August 11 (1 to 6 p.m.)

Harbourfront Centre presents top Canadian and International music artists at each World Routes weekend and select weekdays starting June 17 through September 1. All festivals are FREE and suitable for all ages. Some ticketed events occur. World Routes is presented by RBC. For World Routes 2008, Harbourfront Centre engages an exploration into the idea of borders. Harbourfront Centre is located at 235 Queens Quay West, Toronto, Canada. For more information and to buy tickets for all events the public can call 416-973-4000 or visit www.harbourfrontcentre.com
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Media Contacts:
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Althea Linton (416-973-4644 - alinton@harbourfrontcentre.com)
Cary Mignault (416-973-4655 - cmignault@harbourfrontcentre.com)
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