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Sampradaya Dance Creations presents
Anvesana - Reflections in Solitude
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May 8 & 9, 15 & 16, 2021

April 15, 2021

Anvesana is a digital dance festival presented by Sampradaya Dance Creations, a premier Indian classical dance company based in Toronto, Canada. The festival celebrates the individual artistry and creative genius of four exceptional artists presenting four intriguing themes, in four dance forms. The artists include: Bijayini Satpathy performing Odissi, Methil Devika performing Mohiniyattam, Rama Vaidyanathan performing Bharatanatyam, and Aditi Mangaldas performing Kathak.

The festival was commissioned by Sampradaya Dance Creations and ideated and produced by the artists through the challenging pandemic over the last 6 months. Anvesana will be airing on the weekends of May 8th - 9th and May 15th - 16th, 2021 on

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Festival Schedule
Performance by Bijayini Satpathy (Odissi)
Premier of Performance: May 8, 2021, 7:30 PM EST
Duration: 45 minutes

Performance by Methil Devika (Mohiniyattam)
Premier of Performance: May 9, 2021, 7:30 PM EST
Duration: 45 minutes

Performance by Rama Vaidyanathan (Bharatanatyam)
Premier of Performance: May 15, 2021, 7:30 PM EST
Duration: 45 minutes the forest!
Performance by Aditi Mangaldas (Kathak)
Premier of Performance: May 16, 2021, 7:30 PM EST
Duration: 45 minutes

About the Artistes

Bijayini Satpathy

A 2020 Bessie nominee for outstanding performance, Bijayini Satpathy is a critically acclaimed dancer based out of Bangalore. Known for her prowess to transform herself physically and metaphorically into an array of characters without the slightest hint of exaggeration or artifice, Bijayini has recently been commissioned by Baryshnikov Arts Center and Duke Performances to create a full length solo. Her first self choreographed work 'Vibhanga' has just been premiered digitally to rave reviews. Apart from her dancing prowess, Bijayini has been hailed as a trailblazer for paving new pathways through her intense research into the pedagogy of Odissi. She has been the former Director of Education and principal dancer of Nrityagram for 25 years.

Methil Devika

Dr. Methil Devika is a practitioner, educator and researcher of dance. Late S. Natarajan of Melattur initiated her into dance and she pursued Mohiniyattam under Girija Chandran, and Kalamandalam Leelamma. Devika received a doctorate for her thesis in Mohiniyattam from the Bharatidasan University in September 2014. She worked as faculty at the Department of Post-graduate and Research Studies in Mohiniyattam at the Kerala Kalamandalam Deemed University. Methil Devika is a gold medallist for MA(Dance) Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata as well as gold medallist for MBA, Madras University. She has a UGC/NET in Dance (2000) and a Ministry of Culture Fellowship in Mohiniyattam. She works as Adjunct Professor, York University, Canada where she works in the department of dance as research guide and examiner. She serves as Professor, Sree Sankaracharya University of Sanskrit, Kalady in the PG department of performing arts and is a research guide at the Kerala Kalamandalam Deemed University. Devika directed and produced a dance documentary called 'Sarpatatwam' or 'The Serpent Wisdom' which was voted into the contention list for the Oscar Academy Award 2018.

Rama Vaidyanathan

Rama Vaidyanathan is one of the foremost Bharatanatyam dancers of her generation. She trained intensely under the legendary dancer Yamini Krishnamurthy and the celebrated Guru Saroja Vaidyanathan. In a performance career spanning more than 30 years, Rama has developed her own individual style without forsaking the core principles of her dance form. She has received critical acclaim for choreographic skills as well as for her performances that have a unique ability to connect with her audience. She is among the "outstanding" category of artistes with the ICCR, and has represented India at several world capitals. She has been awarded several titles including Central Sangeet Natak Akademi Puraskar. As the Director of Ganesa Natyalaya in New Delhi, she has been actively engaged in teaching and nurturing several young dancers. Rama balances a hectic performance schedule while conducting workshops and master classes all over the world, inspiring a whole generation of dancers.

Aditi Mangaldas

Aditi Mangaldas is a leading dancer and choreographer in Kathak. With extensive training under leading gurus Kumudini Lakhia and Pandit Birju Maharaj, Aditi is today recognised for her artistry, technique, eloquence and characteristic energy that mark every performance. Besides dancing and choreographing classical productions, both solo and group, she has broken new ground by using her knowledge and experience of Kathak as a springboard to evolve a contemporary dance vocabulary, infused with the spirit of the classical. Considered a maverick in India, she has consistently broken ground, unafraid to confront social and present day concerns. She heads the Aditi Mangaldas Dance Company - The Drishtikon Dance Foundation.

About Sampradaya Dance Creations

Sampradaya Dance Creations, Canada was founded in 1990 by Lata Pada. The Company's strengths lie in its professional productions and diverse repertoire. It evolved from a creation/production dance company into a South Asian dance development organization in 2006. Under Lata Pada's artistic stewardship, supported by the Board's strategic vision, the Company is at the forefront of initiating unique arts learning and community outreach projects, serving a diverse constituency. The Company has grown organically, into a community leader - a development organization for South Asian dance in Canada and has founded the South Asian Dance Alliance of Canada (SADAC) in April 2008.

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