The 16th Kalanidhi Festival of Indian Dance  WHIRLING STREAMS opens tonight at Harbourfront.

The live and live-streamed Festival will present over 40 dancers from Canada and India and feature the classical and contemporary dance styles of Bharatanatyam, Odissi, Kathak, Chhau, Kathakali and Modern over the course of six days – from traditional to cutting edge!

The festival features such superstars as Canada’s multi-honoured dancer and choreographer Menaka Thakkar, Artistic Director of both Menaka Thakkar Dance Company and the Kalanidhi Festival; the internationally acclaimed Odissi dancer Sujata Mohapatra of India; Aparna Sindhoor and Anil Natyaveda’s breathtaking aerial dance company Navarasa Dance Theater of the United States, Montreal’s award-winning Sinha Danse and more!

Renowned dance artist and teacher Menaka Thakkar is responsible for creating several generations of Indian dancers across Canada trained in the classical systems of Bharatanatyam and Odissi. She is the recipient of two of the highest honours that Canada can offer to any dance artist:  the 2012 Canada Council Walter Carson Prize for Excellence in Performing Arts (Dance) and the 2013 Governor General’s Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Performing Arts (Dance). She gives a rare performance of Karna Kunti in the Abhinaya style on opening night.

The legendary Sujata Mohapatra has traveled the world as a soloist and won whole-hearted applause from audiences and critics alike. As the disciple and daughter-in-law of the late guru Padmavibhushan Kelucharan Mohapatra who revived the Odissi form in India, she inherited his devotion and passion for the classical dance form. Her lyrical movements epitomize grace and technical perfection.

Boldly knitting together dance, singing, martial arts, and original music into seamless theatrical presentations, Navarasa Dance Theater’s multilayered, multilingual productions inspire, engage and entertain audiences around the world with their daring aerial work.

Sinha Danse brings Roger Sinha’s Burning Skin, presented at the very first Kalanidhi Festival in 1993. Twenty-four years later this important work about the choreographer’s racist experiences in Canada is even more relevant now considering the growing tide of white nationalism and anti-immigration. Roger Sinha was recently awarded the 2016 Cultural Diversity Prize in Dance from the Conseil des arts de Montréal.

The 16th Kalanidhi Festival of Indian Dance
March 28 – April 2, 2017
Paula Fleck Theatre
Harbourfront Centre
235 Queens Quay West
Toronto, ON M5J 2G8

7 Day Pass $126/$98 – One ticket to all seven shows
4 Day Pass
$90/$76 – One ticket to four shows of your choice
Single show tickets:  Tuesday-Saturday: $27 &$18 ($18 for seniors, $15 for students, under 25 & arts workers)
Sunday Retrospective and Symposiums: FREE.

For  a complete schedule, tickets to individual performances or  to order passes, click HERE
Tickets and passes may also be purchased by calling Harbourfront Centre Box Office at 416-973-4000.