Pratibha Arts presents Sadhana/Tarana featuring artists in Kathak dance and North Indian classical vocal music from across North America. ‘Sadhana’ means intense dedication. In the tradition of South Asian classical arts, students undergo years of intense practice and training in order to achieve mastery of forms such as Kathak dance. This event presents emerging and established South Asian artists in Canada who demonstrate this dedication. ‘Tarana’ is a song for dance, and the event highlights the strong interaction between dance and music in South Asian culture.
Featured artists of Sadhana/Tarana include Ottawa vocalist Vinay Bhide, Tabla virtuoso Vineet Vyas, Kathak dance artist Bageshree Vaze, Sarangi artist Pankaj Mishra, and emerging artists Utkarsha Kale, Anindita Anaam, Tarika Nath, Shivani Badgi and Ariaki Dandawate.
Pratibha Arts is committed to increasing the visibility of what is considered culturally-diverse styles in the Canadian arts ecology. Pratibha Arts is honoured to present this production in the home of Native Earth Performing Arts — in a moment of Truth and Reconciliation, we stand in solidarity with First Nations peoples and cultures who have taken care of this land and offered us this space on which to live and perform.
Live stream videos will be available for viewing for 48 hours following the performance.
'Sadhana/Tarana' is nominated for: Outstanding Production, Outstanding Original Choreography and Outstanding Performance by an Individual to Bageshree Vaze, Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble to Tarika Nath, Aria Dandawate, Anindita Anaam Kathak, and Shivani Badgi, and Outstanding Original Sound Composition to Bageshree Vaze and Vineet Vyas.
Sheila Kirpalani was a woman of courage who fully embraced Toronto as her new home when she migrated from India in 1967. A gifted singer and artist, Sheila was also a well-respected academic who lectured at the University of Toronto and taught biology with the Toronto District School Board. But perhaps most important, Sheila was a devoted mother to her only child, a son, Dr. Anish Kirpalani.
Days before she lost her battle with pancreatic cancer in July 2009, the Sheila Kirpalani Foundation was established at the Toronto Foundation. On the advice of a Professional Advisor, Anish was determined to complete this final act of love before his mother’s death to honour her life.
The Sheila Kirpalani Foundation strives to make high-impact grants and reward excellence in three areas that characterized the important aspects of Sheila’s life: health promotion, education, and music. This is being done through a named high school scholarship in Biology, donations to promote awareness of and research in pancreatic cancer, and grants to promote development training and performance in South Asian music.
Her spirit will live on through Anish, her music, and the students and other people that philanthropy in her name has helped through the Toronto Foundation.