Mandala Arts & Culture Society
Mandala Arts and Culture is a Vancouver-based company dedicated to producing, developing and presenting the classical Indian dance form bharata natyam. It also supports the artistic vision of Jai Govinda. Mandala presents the annual Gait to the Spirit Festival of classical dance of India, and equally exists to create a legacy of excellence for bharata natyam by training students through the Jai Govinda Academy, and giving them opportunities to perform, share and train other students.
Anusha Fernando is a performer and teacher of Bharata Natyam and the Artistic Director of Vancouver, B.C’s, Shakti Dance Society. Shakti Dance’s mandate is to promote Bharata Natyam through performance and training. The society strives to create accessible and reflective work, believing that the practice of Bharata Natyam is evolving and has contemporary relevance. Anusha’s creative work has focused on highlighting the depth of Bharata Natyam’s traditional repertoire (solo and duet) as well as its interdisciplinary potential.
Sujit Vaidya is a freelance solo Bharatanatyam performer, based in Vancouver, Canada. After his initial training with Mandala Arts in Vancouver, he now receives advanced training under Guru A. Lakshmanaswamy in Chennai. Sujit has performed extensively, in India, Canada, US and Europe. He has also been part of several duet and group productions with various companies, including Mandala Arts Vancouver, Shakti Dance Vancouver, Co. ERASGA Vancouver, Dakshina Dance Washington DC and Nrithyalakshana, Chennai to name a few. He is the first South Asian dancer to have received the Mayors award.