Welcome to Pratibha Arts

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Mission and Mandate:

Pratibha Arts serves to enhance and advance the cultural fabric of Ontario and Canada through the production, education and performance of and about arts, particularly dance and music with influences from South Asia. The organization’s vision is to promote a high standard of music and dance, as well as nurture future generations of artists in Ontario. ‘Pratibha’ means ‘creative ingenuity’ in Sanskrit. Under the vision of Artistic Director Bageshree Vaze, the organization has the following objectives (as outlined in its incorporation papers):

1) to educate and increase the public’s understanding and appreciation of the Arts by providing performances of an artistic nature in public places and educational institutions and by arranging and delivering educational seminars on topics relating to such artist performances.

2) to provide instructional seminars on topics relating to the performing arts.

3) To produce performing arts productions and festivals for the purposes of illustrating, educating and advancing the public’s understanding and appreciation of performing arts.

4) To ensure the continuation of the Arts by educating and developing artists through training and participation in performances, festivals, and related workshops.

Pratibha Arts produces activities primarily influenced by South Asian aesthetics (such as Kathak dance), but the organization's vision is to reflect the integration of arts and cultures in the Canadian mosaic and to propagate artistic excellence on mainstream platforms.



Board of Directors:

Bibhu Mohanty (President)

Meenakshi Alimchandani

Vishwas Dhekney

Carolyn Poplak

Rajneesh Sharda


Artistic Director 

Bageshree Vaze is an Indo-Canadian dance artist, musician and writer -- for full bio please visit


Multi-Disciplinary and Inter-Arts


Pratibha Arts was incorporated in the province of Ontario in 2011, and acquired federal charitable status in 2015. The organization was founded to create, produce and present multidisciplinary, high-quality works influenced by South Asian classical arts, but as a reflection of the Canadian cultural milieu. While many of its productions feature what are considered 'traditional' aesthetics, and are identified as 'culturally-diverse,' Pratibha Arts' impetus is to propagate these aesthetics as part of current, contemporary Canadian culture. 

Under the artistic direction of Bageshree Vaze, Pratibha Arts is based in the downtown area of Toronto, but has partnered with many other organizations such as Harbourfront Centre (for its Spectrum series in 2012, 2013 and Sadhana series in 2016), and Sampradaya Dance Creations (2017). Its work has been presented by DanceWorks, the Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts, and the Canada Dance Festival. It has run a Dancer training initiative for the past four years, and promotes the professional development of emerging dance and music artists through this program, as well as the 'Sadhana' professional development series for emerging South Asian artists.

In 2018, Pratibha Arts is leading the launch of the Diasporic Dance Initiative, a platform for culturally-diverse dance companies to engage and develop audiences in downtown Toronto. This project is generously supported by the Toronto Arts Council's Open Door/Strategic Initiatives program.

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Past partnerships include:

*Balika (2013) with mybindi.com and Besharam


*Spectrum (2012, 2013) with Harbourfront Centre

*Sadhana (2016) with Harbourfront Centre

*A Canadian Dream (2017) with Sampradaya Dance Creations

New Initiatives


Diasporic Dance Initiative Outreach Series

This innovative partnership between dance artists of colour was created to address the structural challenges within the dance sector that may prevent future growth and sustainability of their respective companies in the downtown Toronto area. Led by Pratibha Arts, under Bageshree Vaze's leadership, this project brings together the small-scale dance companies of Roshanak Jaberi (Jaberi Dance Theatre), Esie Mensah (Esie Mensah Creations), Carmen Romero (Compañia Carmen Romero) and Kevin Ormsby (KasheDance). This is a unique partnership between dance artists who work in different styles. 

Please join us for an afternoon of information-sharing about culturally-diverse practices and the creative processes that reflect the cultural makeup of Toronto. It will feature informal performances and demonstrations by Pratibha Arts, Jaberi Dance Theatre, Compañia Carmen Romero, Esie Mensah Creations and KasheDance. 

Cost: FREE

When: Sunday, September 23, 2018 4-6pm

Ross Citadel Dance Centre

304 Parliament Street,


This series was made possible by the Toronto Arts Council's Strategic Initiatives Open Door program.

Dancer training program--

details to follow


A Canadian Dream -- A dance-theatre work exploring the unique story of Indo-Canadian participation in ice hockey. Told through personal stories by families of young hockey players such as Madeleine Rai, and through Indian classical dance language, this work is a story of what Canadian culture is all about.

Paratopia -- commissioned by DanceWorks and premiered in 2015, this performance piece explores an alternate reality through dance and music, combining the languages of Kathak dance, Indian tabla rhythms, contemporary movement and beatboxing. Inspired by the Matrix movies, Paratopia connotes innovation and synthesis -- envisioning an alternate world and a future of dance and music that move beyond time and space.

Bageshree Vaze's Global Bollywood -- 


Bageshree Vaze’s Global Bollywood is an eclectic celebration of music and dance highlighting India’s film music history. Just as Hollywood evolved following World War II, the Hindi film industry flourished by adapting a musical format which featured songs and dances, giving rise to prolific music composers who defined and developed a unique Indian sound.

Choreographed, performed and directed by MTV India ‘ubbharta sitara’ (rising star) Bageshree Vaze, the show brings the music of Bollywood’s best to life through dance and visuals, highlighting the music of C. Ramachandran, Shankar Jaikishan, RD Burman, Bappi Lahiri, AR Rahman, and Shankar Ehsaan Loy, featuring a cast of Toronto musicians and dance artists


Satyam -- commissioned by Opera Nova Scotia in 2017, this production brings to life the classic tale of Savitri and Satyavan, a fable about true love, performed through the aesthetics of North Indian dance and rhythms, Western operatic singing, and contemporary dance. 



Jahanara (Dec. 2018) -- details to follow soon


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Pratibha Arts

1903-260 Queens Quay West, Toronto, ON M5J 2N3, CA

(416) 919-3637

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