Mandala Arts & Culture Society
Established in 1999, Mandala Arts and Culture is a Vancouver based company dedicated to producing, developing and presenting bharata natyam and other Indian classical dance styles. Under the artistic direction and management of Jai Govinda, Mandala exists to create a legacy of excellence for bharata natyam by training students through The Jai Govinda Dance Academy. Mandala provides opportunities for local, national and international collaborations, partnerships and exchanges. it is committed to introduce the dance style to audiences through performances, workshops, lectures and demonstrations.
I have been studying two forms of Indian classical dance: Bharatnatyam and Kathak, although I have been studying Kathak intensely over the last few years. My interest lies in exploring the movement of dance in relation to space, and dance as a medium of deep communication. I am also interested in experimenting with the classical movements in contemporary style and choreographing Indian classical forms with a variety of music such as flameno and jazz.
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.
Shiamak Davar International
With an aim to provide quality dance training and making dance available to all, Shiamak dance classes run throughout the year at multiple locations for students from ages four to eighty four providing them with training in various dance styles by Shiamak’s expert faculty. The classes give them an opportunity to learn dance, express themselves creatively and perform on stage. Classes are available for children (4 to 6 years), juniors (7 to 11 years) and adults (12 years onwards).
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.
Wailele Wai Wai
“Wailele Wai Wai” means “a waterfall that flows endlessly”. It signifies our intention to grow endlessly as individuals and enrich our own lives and of those around us. Our focus is on the modern Hawaiian hula known as Auana that tells a story through hand and arm gestures and rhythmic patterns. We strive to capture the Aloha Spirit and share the love and joy through our performance and presence. We enjoy performing at Kitsilano Showboat every summer and also at various seminars, cultural events and seniors centres in Greater Vancouver. Aloha.