For theatre, M!M!M! will stage two plays along two totally different themes. The first one, in honour of Nobel Prize winner Rabindranath Tagoreâ€™s 150th birthday, is “Sacrifice” (Visarjan), considered to be his finest drama. The other one is “Dirty Pakistani Lingerie”, an adult play by Aizzah Fatima about 6 American Pakistani females struggling to find their place at the chaotic juncture of two extremely different cultures.
Komic Sutra, an hour of no-holds barred adult comedy by Nitin Mirani and Crystal Ferrier, will test the limits of your humour. Come prepared!
For its literature component, 3 non-Indians, Mariellen Ward, Sylvia Fraser and KatherineMatthews will relate their love for India, its culture, movies and more! They have written books, short stories, maintain blogs, websites and tweet on their experiences! This will be a sublime panel of discussion. How many of you remember Monika Deol, host of Canadaâ€™s top dance and music show, â€˜Electric Circusâ€™? For those who do and for those who want to find out, you must come to see this icon of South Asian youth as she talks about breaking through stereotypes and making history! For the piÃ¨ce de rÃ©sistance of our food section, Torontoâ€™s ace chef, Roshni Mansukhani, winner of the Knorr competition and most recently champion of Food Networkâ€™s â€˜Choppedâ€™ competition, will dazzle the audience with her â€˜sizzlingâ€™ skills- a must for all foodies. There will also be samplings.
The Royal Ontario Museum will showcase the beauty of ornament where one can learn about the artistic styles, craftsmanship and craft traditions of South Asiaâ€™s many culturally diverse regions.
The artistsâ€™ walkway will exhibit sculpture, paintings and photography by Andrew Adams, Farhad Nargol- Oâ€™Neill and Che Kothari; inspired by South Asiaâ€™s depth, colours and emotions and all woven together as a beautiful tapestry. There will also be a very novel and interesting section on Graffiti art by Javid, inspired by Arabic calligraphy and portraiture.
A chillinâ€™ in your brown skin session will engage the audience in a panel about the stigma of HIV with educators from the Alliance for South Asian AIDS Prevention (ASAAP).
A Rhythm of Rajasthan Workshop will discuss and demonstrate their dance and craft led by our visitors from Rajasthan. Who knows they might even teach you to dance on knives and nails, the ultimate in their dance routine!
There will also be a midnight yoga session conducted by Yogapalooza; a bachcha party and jam session and a kidsâ€™ corner with loads of creative activity for children; and a Senior Desi Idol contest.
Food stalls, market vendor kiosks and mehndi (henna) parlours will be available throughout the festival!
FREE family fun and education for all ages!
When: August 19 – August 21, 2011
Where: Harbourfront Centre
For more information please check our festival calendar icon on our website www.masalamehndimasti.com
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