Marion Dewar Plaza, City Hall, Ottawa

FIO 2015 Highlights


2015 August 7th, Friday, at 9:30 PM

Jaron Freeman-Fox - Opposite of Everything and Bageshree Vaze

What a great collaboration….combining song and dance, eastern and western musical styles
On a seemingly endless tour for the past 5 years, Jaron performs full-time with his award-winning band Jaron Freeman-Fox & The Opposite of Everything, as well as his his new experimental duo project, using an expanded-range electroacoustic violin set-up of his own design.

Folks may be intrigued by the fact that JFF has performed for 100,000 people and the young royal couple on parlimant hill, or that the canadian embassy was kind enough (or foolish enough) to send him off to collaborate with a troupe of nomadic rajasthani gypsies at the delhi international arts festival.

The eclectic nature of the award winning and world touring Opposite of Everything – they combine bluegrass and African beats with Indian musical influences and the results are unique and exuberant – you must dance !

The group will be joined by Bageshree Vaze, who will perform North Indian classical vocals as part of the performance”.

Jaron Freeman-Fox

Bageshree Vaze


Jaron Freeman-Fox - Opposite of Everything and Bageshree Vaze

Saturday 8th at 9:30 PM

Red Baraat: Let’s Start the Party!

“Brooklyn nine-piece party-starters Red Baraat are a fiery blend of raucous Indian bhangra and funky New Orleans brass. The result, needless to say, is completely riotous. Red Baraat, a Brooklyn brass band that looks to South Asia, pumping out Bollywood tunes and Sufi songs with a crackling beat (from the two headed dhol drum) and the muscle of horns blasting in unison, in town to put Ottawa atop faraway roots.

Red Baraat


Red Baraat

Sunday 9th at 9:00 PM

Delhi 2 Dublin

Bhangra and Celtc Fusion Tunes that will rock your socks of!

Delhi 2 Dublin


Odissi

Friday 7th at 6:00 PM

Mangalacharan- Invocaton dance:  Odissi Nrutyayana Dance school Ottawa

Odissi is one of the seven classical dance forms of India. It originates from the state of Odisha, in Eastern India. In ancient times, Devdasi( Bride of God), called “Mahari” danced as a daily ritual in the temple of Lord Jagannath . The dances of the “Mahari” were not for public viewing. Only little boys dressed as girls called “Gotipua” danced outside of the temple on special festive occasion. These ancient traditional “Mahari” and “Gotipua” dances have evolved to modern day “Odissi” dance.

Mangalacharan is usually performed as the introductory piece of Odissi recital. In this item the dancers seek permission of Mother Earth to dance on her, blessing of God and good wishes of the audience for proper execution of the recital. Today’s Mangalacharan is a prayer to Lord Ganesh- who is worshipped at the beginning of any auspicious occasion to remove any obstacle on the way.
The dance piece “Ganesh Tandav”will be performed by Sanjeevani Kumar, Shreya Padhy, Shulini Padhy, Varalika Tyagi under the artistic direction of Dr. Ranjeeta Mallick.

Nrutyana Dance School

Odissi


Friday 7th at 6:30 PM

Monsoon : Indo-Jazz Ensemble - True East-West vibratons for the heart, mind and soul

Monsoon is an Indo-Jazz collective that combines creative Jazz and traditional Indian Classical music into a rich and meaningful cross-cultural expression. For the past 8 years, Monsoon has been captivating audiences with exotic Eastern melodies, worldly grooves and fiery improvisations, creating a truly unique musical experience. Monsoon recently released their debut studio album “Mandala,” which has received warm reception from audiences across Canada and India, and was nominated for a 2015 JUNO award in the engineering category.

Monsoon features some of Canada’s most respected and versatile young musicians who have travelled the globe in search of a multi-cultural synthesis of musical expression. The saxophone brothers of Jonathan Kay and Andrew Kay fill the air with bird call and breathes of melodies; Justin Gray grooves deep in the cavernous bass realm; Ravi Naimpally brings a genius pitter patter of a rainstorm; Todd Pentney flies across the keys of the piano, Rhodes, and B3 organ; and Derek Gray evokes the percussive dancing of ancient kingdoms.

“Monsoon’s debut release, Mandala, is highly listenable Indo-jazz fusion; warm, inviting, mysterious, and filled with ambition, this album is a wonderful journey through the heights and depths of jazz, and classical Indian music. Tabla drum, udu drum, bansuri flute, Tibetan singing bowls, and even a bass veena (created by composer and performer Justin Gray) present themselves on Mandala, to name but a few. The saxophone takes on new airs throughout. The nine-track album … surprises and revels in its obvious passion and modernity, and is both mellow and definitive. Quality music for any collector.”

“What’s particularly notable is how gracefully all concerned integrate the North Indian and jazz elements into a refreshingly upbeat listening experience.”

Monsoon

Indo-Jazz Ensemble


Friday 7th at 7:30 PM

Formal Opening Ceremony


Friday 7th at 8:00 PM

Mystical Moods by Subhranil Sarkar on sitar

Open the gates to the Festival of India with the soulful and exotic sounds of the sitar by Subhranil Sarkar. Accompanied by Hindole Majumdar on tabla, and Adam Duncan on baglama.
Subhranil Sarkar

Subhranil Sarkar

Saturday 8th at 4:30 PM

Ottawa’s Got Talent

Odissi repertoire:

Four young Odissi students of dancer and choreographer Sonia St-Michel will perform two items of the traditional Odissi repertoire.
Their presentation will begin with an invocation, “Guru Brahma” followed by “Batu Nrutya”, a technical and pure dance form of Odissi.
Students: Janna Matoussova, Raina Guha, Diya Chakravarty, Mohini Mistry


Dance of Joy: Kalavatee Dance centre

Kalavati Dance Centre presents “Dance of Joy” in Bharatnatyam style. Choreographer and teacher is Mabhin Ghosh Datta,
The performers are: Chandar Vibha Maharajh, Vedprakash Maharajh, Prithika Mansur, Yusra Rahman, Anita Gupta and Kanchi Akanda

http://www.kalavatee.com

Dynamic Kathak dances to live music: Gharana Arts School


Sawaraswati Vandana.

Kathak is among the six major classical dances of India and one of the most dynamic theatre arts in the world. The word Kathak is derived from katha, meaning “the art of storytelling.” One of the most traditional aspects of Kathak dance and Indian arts in general, is the interaction between instrumentalists, vocalists, percussionists, and dancers. When combined onstage with proper training and practice, the beauty in each complements each other and creates a wondrous and dynamic atmosphere.

While it is common to have this interaction in traditional institutes and schools in India, in Canada and North America, it is rare and difficult to have these opportunities. To address this lack of opportunity for students, Gharana Arts has worked hard over the last 10 years to now present to you the first junior group who will be dancing completely to live music and Tabla accompaniment.

The rhythm cycles, the ragas and the choreographies, are all complex, and required a great deal of training. Till date, in Canada only professionals present themselves in this manner as it requires so much work and dedicated practice.

Performing onstage on the Tabla will be: Rishishankar Rajkumar, Nishad Patel.

The Dancers are: Sahana Narayanan, Vinuthana, Dittakavi, Nikhila Parameswaran, Aria Chokshi,

Accompanying them will be Ashwini Hemmady on Vocals, Sundar Siva on Keyboards, Ravi S.K. Singh on Harmonium and Kasturi Mishra on Bol-Paranth.


Jai Durga

It has been said that dance is the physical expression of music and song. As dance is rhythm, there exists a special relationship between dancer and the other musicians. This performance once again showcases this interplay that exists between the dancer and the musicians, particularly the Tabla player. Traditionally, Kathak is performed with live music, which shows the importance of understanding and having the knowledge of Taal sense and as well have the ability of performing in co-ordination and Harmony with the musicians. An extremely difficult task for any dancer and Tabla Player, this performance will test their abilities to react and command the stage and the attention of the audience.

Performers on the Tabla : Rahul Chakravarthy, Karthikay Tyagi, Samarpan Chakroborty, Gaurav Jain

The Dancers: Sumali Metha, Aarohi Srivastava, Varalika Tyagi and Priya Rinker

Accompanying them: Ashwini Hemmady on Vocals, Sundar Siva on Keyboards, Ravi S.K. Singh on Harmonium and Kasturi Mishra on Bol-Paranth.

Tharana

Tarana is a type of composition in Hindustani classical vocal music in which certain words and syllables (e.g. “tadeem”, “Oderdani”, “Tumderdani” ) based on Persian and Arabic phonemes are rendered at a medium (madhya) or fast (drut) pace (laya).

Performing in this item as a soloist will be Prtha Kudesia. Prtha has been training with Gharana Arts under the guidance of Smt. Kasturi Mishra for over 4 years.

The Choreography is an original composition by Pt. Bachanlal Mishra and is arranged by Kasturi Mishra. It features vocalist Dr. Rashmi Vankateshwaran and Music by Ravi Singh.


Saturday 8th at 6:00 PM

Odissi and Bharatnatyam: Sonia St. Michel and Julie Beaulieu

Julie Beaulieu and Sonia St-Michel will present a Classical Indian Dance performance comprising items from the traditional Odissi and traditional Bharatanatyam repertoire. In addition, they will conclude with a newly choreographed duet in a delicately stringed piece of both Bharatanatyam and Odissi set to stunning music from Montreal based vocalist Lavanya Narasiah.

Sonia St. Michel

Julie Beaulieu


Saturday 8th at 6:30 PM

nātyam: expressions of modernity in traditional bharathanatyam: Radha Jetty

Drawn by a real passion for dance, Dr. Radha Jetty is well known to Ottawa audiences for her work as a Bharathanatyam dancer, choreographer and community artiste. Her versatility is reflected in her range of traditional to contemporary dance endeavours. She is also well-known for her passionate lifework as a pediatrician. She is an assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of Ottawa and is works with disadvantaged populations in Nunavut and Ottawa as the Inuit child health expert at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario.

In nātyam, she explores expressions of modernity in traditional bharathanatyam while always presenting thoughtful narratives that allow her audiences to connect to this ancient art form.


Saturday 8th at 7:00 PM

Rathi School of Dance:

  • Ganesha Vandana - Maha Ganapathim by Shruti Chakravarthy, a graduate from Rathi School of Dance.
  • He Deva He Dayitha - Krishna Karnamrutha Bhajan - Neha Erakulla, Shreya Voore, Mahanya Mallubhotla, Neela Gawru, Adhiti Rao, Yashica Choudhary, Mallavika Sajan
  • Thillana in Raga Paras set to Adi Tala - Senior students of Rathi School of Dance - Shruti Chakravarthy, Ajitha Nair, Ananya Mallubhotla, Madhu Singh, Saanya Jain

Saturday 8th at 7:30 PM

Sahiyar Group-Gujurati Folk Dance

Sahiyar group is presenting Garba / Raas and folk dances from Gujarat on Radha Krishna theme

Sahiyar means friends in a language in Gujarat- a western province of India.

Sahiyar group is focused on spreading awareness of the vibrant Gujarati culture in Canada through performing traditional folk dance.

The group is led by Meeta Gandhi of Ottawa.


Saturday 8th at 8:00 PM

Rhythmika: Upasana Dance Company

Upasana is pleased to present RHYTHMIKA, performed by the Saveeta Sharma Dance Company, composed of the following dancers: Saveeta Sharma, Nilantha Karunarathna, Sunita Bhatia, Karina Kamarkar, Rashmi Das, Anu Pinamaneni, and Nikita Kamble Bagal. The performance is 30 minutes under the artistic direction of and with choreography by Saveeta Sharma.

The performance brings together the world of dance and its rhythms by selections of Indian classical and contemporary dance, Flamenco and African dance, Bollywood and Jazz dance.


Saturday 8th at 8:30 PM

Stand up Comedy: Ben Mathai the funniest comedian and finest entertainer

Ben Mathai won a Yuk Yuk’s comedy competition the first time he stepped onstage!
To further hone his comedic skills, he began studying with the Second City Improv Troupe. Ben won the Just For Laughs Home-Grown Competition in Hamilton, a contest where the best of up-and-coming comedians from each major Canadian city was selected to perform for the top prize. He then moved on to showcase at the prestigious Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal.

His television credits include a feature documentary, “The Changing Faces of Comedy” which showcased his stand-up career. He also featured his stand-up on the TORONTO SHOW.

He has performed at the New York IMPROV in New York City. Other memorable performances include a set for The Most Races Show On Earth at the Panasonic Theatre. Along with being featured in the Just For Laughs Festival, Ben also performed at the St. John Comedy Festival and was part of the Gala at the Sudbury Comedy Festival.

Ben produced his first major comedy show The South Asian Comedy Showcase at the elegant Isabel Bader Theatre in downtown Toronto. Due to overwhelming demand, he did the show for two more years to sold out audiences and is currently in the process of producing and headlining more shows.


Sunday 9th at 4:00 PM

Ottawa’s Got Talent

Upasana School of Dance:

The Upasana School of Dance is pleased to present its Senior Golden Age dancers in a performance of THE TEMPLE DANCERS, composed of the following dancers: Janet Mann and Jane Brown. The dance is an Odissi presentation of Mangalacharan – Ganesh Vandana. The performance is under the artistic direction of and with choreography by Saveeta Sharma.

Odiya Folk Dance- Daanda Naata: Odissi Nrutyayana Dance school Ottawa
“Daanda Jatra” is a ritualistic festival from southern part of Odisha held in the month of Chaitra. This festival goes on for days. During this period, there are different types of dances, songs and drama. Today’s “Daanda Nata” theme is a “question-answer” role play of a bird catcher and his wife. The sweet bickering of the couple is being portrayed by
Shiluni Padhy and Varalika Tyagi as the Chhadhieya ( bird catcher) ;
Sanjeevani Kumar and Shreya Padhy as the Chhadheyani.

BOUQUET of SEASONs
In India festivals are numerous, highlighting seasonal and religious sentiments.
Here we present ‘Ritu Rang’ – a bouquet of dances depicting the essence of the seasons through different forms of Indian dance.
Concept and choreography – Indrani Choudhury

TAKADHIMI: Upasana School of Dance
The Upasana School of Dance presents its junior students of dance in a performance of TAKADHIMI -  a Kathak traditional and contemporary dance - by Aarti, Karina, Sunita, Megha, Shilpa, Shoba, Mansi, Nikita, Elsa, Mobina, Mitila, Nayla, Devisha, Arisha, Megna, Anisha, Uma and Mihika, under the artistic direction of and choreography by Saveeta Sharma. The performance illustrates the techniques, vibrancy and visual dynamics of Kathak.

Bollywood Dance Pro: The Bollywood Pro Kids Show
A beautiful blend of all foot tapping Bollywood latest songs and Bollywood Bhangra by Toshani, Simran, Rihana, Nitya, Niyati, Kavya, Anita, Mikas, Manav, Ayush, Keshav, Shiven, Amit

Choreographed by - Shefali Adhikari


Sunday 9th at 5:30 PM

Soundarya Sangeeta - Carnatic/Hindustani Collaborative performance

Aditya Verma (sarod) and Anjana Srinivasan (violin) both from Montreal, Arvind Venkat (mridangam) from Toronto, and Ravi Singh from Ottawa. A very dynamic piece for the festival.


Sunday 9th at 6:30 PM

“Vadyanubhava” Jugalbandi by GSR MURTHY & CHANDRAMOULI ON VEENA & VIOLIN


Sunday 9th at 8:00 PM

Jannat Performing Arts celebrating the countless FESTIVALS OF INDIA

Jannat Performing Arts presents Festivals of India. Catch a glimpse of the many Indian festivities and celebrations! Join us in exploring the rich traditions of India that span from coast to coast. Enhance your senses with vibrant colours, dynamic movements and rhythmic music. Come celebrate!!!


Sunday 9th at 8:30 PM

Bollywood Dance Pro

Shefali’s  talented dance team presents a musical medley on India’s most popular, heartthrob dancer and performer  Hrithik Roshan!
Choreographed by Shefali

Dancers- Naomi, Muskan, Shobhna, Jaceynth, Kristen, Parnika, Sneha and Komal.


Friday 7th August 2015


6:00 PM

Mangalacharan- Invocaton dance - Odissi Nrutyayana Dance School Otawa


6:30 PM

Monsoon : Indo-Jazz Ensemble - True East-West vibratons for the heart, mind and soul


7:30 PM

Formal Opening Ceremony


8:00 PM

Mystcal Moods
Soulful and exotc sound of sitar by Subhranil Sarkar - Hindole Majumdar on
tabla and Adam Duncan on baglama


9:30 PM

Jaron Freeman-Fox and Opposite of Everything with vocalist BageshreeVaze
combining music of Eastern and Western styles

Saturday 8th August 2015


10:00 AM

Bhakti Yoga by Arjuna J. Alferi from Sivananda Yoga d’Outaouais

at Main Stage


11:00 AM

Yoga for Harmony & Peace by Girija Waghray

at Main Stage


11:00 AM

Create your own Pottery by Nirmala Chopra

at Workshop Tent 1


11:00 AM

Hit the wicket contest sponsored by Investors Group or Cricket Workshop - continues till 8 PM

at Cricket Place


12:00 PM

Henna, Face Paintng, Rangoli Decoratve design

at Kids Zone


12:00 PM

Turn your spice cabinet to medicine cabinet by Dr. Hemant Gupta

at Jean Pigott Place


12:00 PM

Drums of India by Ravi S. K.Singh, Gharana Arts

at Main Stage


12:00 PM

Masala Matinee – Cooking demo


01:00 PM

Masala Matinee – Cooking demo


01:00 PM

Six Yards of Sheer Delight: how to put on a saree

at Main Stage


01:00 PM

Instrumental workshop by Said Mushfiq Hashimi from Mushfiq Arts Company Inc.

at Jean Pigott Place


01:00 PM

Make and design your own kite! with Neelmoni Chaterji

at Kids Zone


01:00 PM

Dance Bollywood with Erika, Mirka and Sugandha

Join in a “hands-on” and feet-on-the ground workshop in Bollywood and beyond.


02:00 PM

Holi – cover & coat yourself and others with color powder!

at Holi Ground

02:00 PM

Panel discussion - Building a Global Community: Prospects and Problems;
Panelists: Prof. Noel Salmond, Carleton
University and Ann Witeveen, Oxfam Canada
Moderator: Prof Rao Nanduri

at Jean Pigott Place


02:00 PM

Masala Matinee – Cooking demo by Chef Joe Thottungal of Coconut Lagoon


03:00 PM

Dandiya – the stick folk dance; come join the fun!

at Festval Plaza


4:30 PM

Ottawa’s Got Talent
Ottawa’s Rising Stars perform catchy Indian Classical Dance and Music
pieces: Students of Sonia St. Michel, Kalavatee Dance Centre and Gharana Arts School

at Main Stage


6:00 PM

Breathtaking Bharatanatyam & Odissi Classical Dances from India Julie Beaulieu and Sonia St-Michel

at Main Stage


6:30 PM

Bharatha Natyam Natyam: expressions of modernity in traditonal bharathanatyam – Dr. Radha Jetty

at Main Stage


7:00 PM

Rathi School of Dance:
Sculpturesque and rhythmical dances in Bharatnatyam style

at Main Stage


7:30 PM

Garba / Raas and folk dances
Garba / Raas and folk dances from Gujarat –The Sahiyar Group

at Main Stage


8:00 PM

Upasana Dance Company and RHYTHMIKA
Indian classical and contemporary dance, Flamenco and African dance, Bollywood and Jazz dance.

at Main Stage


8:30 PM

Stand up Comedy
The finest Entertainer Ben Mathai

at Main Stage


9:30 PM

Red Baraat
Let’s Bhangra and Dance

at Main Stage


Sunday 9th August 2015


10:00 AM

Upa Yoga by Hera Baboudjian from Akasha Classical Yoga And Wellbeing

at Main Stage


11:00 AM

Art of Living Yoga and Meditation by Anantha Mahadevan

at Main Stage


11:00 AM

Create your own Pottery by Nirmala Chopra

at Workshop Tent 1


11:00 AM

Hit the wicket contest sponsored by Investors
Group or Cricket Workshop - continues till 8 PM

at Cricket Place


12:00 PM

Henna / Face Paintng/Rangoli-Decoratve design

at Kids Zone


12:00 PM

Turn your spice cabinet to medicine cabinet by Dr. Hemant Gupta

at Jean Pigott Place


12:00 PM

Bollywood fitness, fun and dance by Karina Dutta Karmakar from Jannat Performing Arts

at Workshop Tent 2


12:00 PM

Indian classical dance workshop by Julie Beaulieu

at Main Stage

12:00 PM

Masala Matinee – Cooking demo


01:00 PM

Make and design your own kite! with Neelmoni Chaterji

at Kids Zone


01:00 PM

Masala Maitnee – Cooking demo


01:00 PM

Alpana workshop: Divine Decoratve Designs with rice flour and paste

at Workshop Tent 2


01:00 PM

Six Yards of Sheer Delight: how to put on a saree

at Main Stage


02:00 PM

Holi – cover & coat yourself and others with color powder!

at Holi Ground


02:00 PM

Harmonium workshop by Said Mushfiq Hashimi from Mushfiq Arts Company Inc.

at Jean Pigott Place


02:00 PM

Masala Matinee – Cooking demo by Chef Joe Thottungal of Coconut Lagoon


03:00 PM

Dandiya – the stick folk dance; come join the fun!

at Festval Plaza


03:00 PM

Sitar: Enchantng strings workshop by Shubhranil Sarkar (from Kolkata)

at Jean Pigott Place


4:00 PM

Otawa’s Got Talent
Otawa’s Rising Stars perform catchy Indian Classical Dance and Music pieces:
Upasana Dance School,  Odissi Nrutyayana Dance School Otawa, Students of Indrani Choudhury, Bollywood Dance Pro

at Main Stage


5:30 PM

Soundarya Sangeeta by Gharana Arts
Aditya Verma (sarod), Anjana, Srinivasan (violin), Ravi Singh (tabla)

at Main Stage


6:30 PM

Vadyanubhava - Jugalbandi

by GSR Murthy & Chandramouli on veena & violin

at Main Stage


8:00 PM

Jannat Performing Arts celebrating the countless FESTIVALS OF INDIA
Jannat Performing Arts presents Festivals of India. Catch a glimpse of the many Indian festivities and celebrations! Join us in exploring the rich traditions of India that span from coast to coast. Enhance your senses with vibrant colours, dynamic movements and rhythmic music. Come celebrate!!!

at Main Stage


8:30 PM

Shefali’s Bollywood Dance pro
Shefali’s talented dance team presents a musical medley on India’s most popular , heartthrob dancer and performer Hrithik Roshan
Choreographed by Shefali
Dancers- Naomi, Muskan, Shobhna, Jaceynth, Kristen, Parnika, Sneha and Komal.

at Main Stage


9:00 PM

Delhi 2 Dublin
Bhangra and Celtc Fusion Tunes that will rock your socks of

at Main Stage