Festivals and Conferences History
1993 New Directions in Indian Dance -
An ambitious 6-day event featuring eight of the world's leading Indian dance companies from India, Canada, the U.S.A and France, 16 solo artists, 26 scholars from eight countries. The Festival received international critical acclaim and created a major impact on people’s awareness of a broad range of Indian dance styles.
1994 Navodaya (New Dawn) Festival -
A five-day festival focusing on emerging dancers and choreographers of Indian dance. Repeated in 1997.
1996 Navanartan Festival and Conference -
A festival showcasing new works by established Canadian Indian choreographers.
Collaborated with Harbourfront in organizing a five evening performance by Chandralekha Troupe from India and its later six city tour of Canada followed by her creative residency at Toronto Dance Theatre.
1999 5th Kala Nidhi Dance Festival -
Featuring traditional and contemporary work of artists from Canada the U.S. and India, centering around a mini Kathak conference, (first in North America) chaired by the renowned guru Kumudini Lakhia.
2002 Bharatnatyam Festival and Symposium - A 3-day Bharatnatyam Festival and Symposium exploring another rich tradition–evoking a sense of the living lesson of the outstanding Gurus of the 20th century and discussing contemporary challenges.
2003 6th Kala Nidhi Dance Festival - YUVAKALA
A five-day event celebrating the dawn of the new millennium by projecting the visions of young dancers and choreographers from Canada, the USA, England and India. The festival featured a 10-day choreographic lab involving collaboration between young dancers from Toronto and Birmingham (UK)
2004 7th Kala Nidhi Dance Festival - A Century of Indian Dance, Phase One -
Five evenings of performances by some of the leading artists and practitioners of the featured dance styles - Kathak, Manipuri, Kathakali, Mohiniattam and Rabindranath Tagore’s creative dance style. Artists from India, France, the U.S and Canada highlighted the vitality of these dance styles.
2006 8th Kala Nidhi Dance Festival and Conference – A Century of Indian Dance, Phase Two -
Ten days featuring twenty-five exciting performances from seven countries (India, Canada, U.S., South Africa, Mayaysia, England , and Japan), and the dance styles Bharatanatyam, Odissi, Kuchipudi, Chhau.
2009 Contemporary Choreography in Indian Dance Festival and Conference -
6 evenings of performances by thirteen performers and companies from Germany, Canada, and India. Conference featured guest speakers: Sadanand Menon (India), Susanne Linke (Germany), Brian Webb (Edmonton), Natasha Bakht (Ottawa), Emily Cheung (Toronto), Zab Maboungou (Montreal), Uttara Coorlawala (New York), Adithi Mangeldas (India), Menaka Thakkar (Toronto) and Sunil Kothari (India).
2010 Spring Dance Festival and Conference -
Three weekend performances included contemporary weekend with Daksha Sheth Dance Company; Bharatanatyam Weekend with emerging Canadian soloists and Kathak weekend emerging Canadian soloists. 10 day residency in Kalaria Payattu and one-day Symposium with Daksha Sheth.
2011 Contemporary Choreography in Indian Dance Part II –
5 evenings of performances from England, India and Canada. Featured performers included Santosh Nair – Sadhya Dance, Nina Rajarani – Srishti, Kumudini Lakhia – Kadamb, Nova Bhattarcharya, Hari Krishnan – inDANCE, Bageshree Vase, Joanna Das with Toronto Table Ensemble, and Sudeshna Maulik.
2012 Spring Festival of Indian Dance –
March 14-17th, Fleck Dance Theatre, Harbourfront Centre – four evenings of contemporary dance featuring Anjika Manipuri Dance Troupe from Calcutta and new works by Canada’s top Indian dance companies.
2013 25th Anniversary Celebration of International Indian Dance in Canada -
Kalanidhi celebrates 25 years in Canada with a festival and symposium with dance companies from Canada, U.S., and India featuring classical bharatanatyam, odissi, and kathak and contemporary bollywood, kalariapayattu, and modern variations on bharatanatyam. The first live streaming of evening performance took place at this festival.
2014 New Directions In Indian Dance + Tribute To Sudha Khandwani -
Continuing a celebration of over 25 years of Kalanidhi in Canada, Artistic Director Sudha Khandwani presents 4 days of innovative contemporary and exquisite classical Indian dancers from Canada, India, and the United States. Featuring a Toronto-Mumbai simulcast event, and international online symposium.