The 39th Annual Festival of India, which will be celebrated on Centre Island from July 16-17, 2011 once again proudly presents its unique Arts & Culture Showcase, a beautiful and soul-riveting program of devotional music and dramatic dance from the ancient subcontinent.
Rain-or-shine, in a tented, outdoor venue, this show grants audiences a free ticket to observe the spiritual allure and the creative elegance of dramas, melodies, and choreography that were once commonplace in ancient, spiritual India. With a lineup of internationally acclaimed artists and performers, the program promises a unique and unforgettable collection of sublime sounds and enchanting performances.
Dance Performances from Across South Asia!
Menaka Thakkar Dance Company – Bharatnatyam
Kumari Ellora Patnaik & Guru Sri Devraj Patnaik – Odissi
Enakshi Das – Odissi
Panwar Music and Dance Productions – Kathak
Uma Vasudevan – Bharatnatyam
The 39th Annual Festival of India 's Arts & Culture extravaganza will be showcasing traditional and modern forms of a devotional music style known as kirtan. In recent years, word about this form of music has been spreading and developing into its own subculture and modern indie music scene. At the Festival of India, audiences will be able to experience kirtan performances by a number of classically-trained local and international kirtan musicians and bands. Traditional South Asian instruments and mantras together with contemporary sounds and rhythms will burst forth into ecstatic, new musical experiences that must be heard to be believed!
Explore India’s Spiritual Roots on Centre Island
The Festival of India also features a vibrant parade down Yonge Street on Saturday, July 16th, with celebrations continuing on Toronto's beautiful Centre Island for the remainder of the weekend. Aside from the Arts & Culture Showcase, festival-goers will find a massive, colourful and free festival, featuring a South Asian bazaar, Vedic exhibits, a children's area, face-painting, and our world-famous FREE vegetarian feast! On Sunday, July 17th, the Festival will also present the Fourth Annual Yoga Meltdown – a “festival within a festival” – focusing on presenting the spiritual depth of yoga and much more!
For specific performance timings of the Arts & Culture Showcase, or for more information, please click HERE or call 1-888-535-FEST (3378).
This event is proudly sponsored by MyBindi.com.