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InDance - The Kings Salon

“It is amazing” is the first reaction of Sri, Eleven year-old former resident of Wales, U.K now living in Niagara region after watching the spectacular performance of ‘The King’s Salon' rendered by inDance theatre in St. Catharines. Sri was one of the 22 students of the dance school of the Niagara Hindu Samaj who joined the community in watching powerfully choreographed dance steps of inDance performed before an appreciative audience.

Varsha, 13, told Mosaic Edition she was able to learn “how to do expressions and show feelings when dancing”. The students occupied the front row seats at the auditorium of Governor Simcoe Secondary School during the event watched by a diverse community.

Eleven year-old Jyofi learned new dance steps. The dance steps and stamina of the dancers thrilled her. The group danced in the traditional Bharatanatyam costume from South India made of word pure silk, spoke the language of dance with rhythmic jingle of ankle bells connecting emotionally to the audience with facial expressions. Both male and female dancers tied bells to both ankles. Each ankle strap contains 100 bells. The dancers wore special jewelry called “temple jewelry”. The dance routines were electrifying, the percussion was brilliant, moving slowly and breaking into fast tempo that pushes the energy of the dancer.

Toronto based inDance is led by artistic director Hari Krishnan. It has a diverse group of dancers. One of the dancers, Hiroshi Miymoto, originally from Japan, is a Toronto based dance artist trained in ballet. “The objective of the group is to respond to Canada’s multicultural mix and have all these come together through dance,” said Srividya Natarajan, artistic associate in an Srividyainterview. “We have enjoyed exposing our culture to others. We have all enjoyed being part of the mix of dancers,” said the artistic associate.

“One thing we always insist on is that we are not treated as part of an ethnic group, but we want to be part of a multicultural vision of theatre.” “ We would love to blend into the multicultural mix of Canada,” said Srividya Natarajan. The President of the Niagara Hindu Samaj Kamlesh Sharma thanked the City of St. Catharines for generously providing the grant to bring ‘The King’s Salon’ to Niagara region.

(Edward Akinwunmi, Mosaic Edition)

Malayalee Association needs a club house

The Canadian Malayalee Association of Missisauga, CMA is need of its own clubhouse. The need for such a house was clearly seen during the joint celebration of the Onam festival and the 10th anniversary celebration of the CMA, which took place recently at a school in Mississauga.

The packed venue according to the President of the CMA, Thomas Thomas demonstrated the urgent need for the cultural association to have its private club to cater to the members. The evening of dancing was preceded with dinner of coloured vegetarian portions served on the traditional banana leaf. The dancers carried brightly coloured flowers, a procession of children, women in traditional sarees, men carrying brightly coloured decorated umbrellas lead the dignitaries into the packed hall.

Onam is the biggest festival of Kerala of South India The Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Jason Kenney, Consul General of India Preeti Saran, Ontario Minister attended the event for Government Services Harinder Takhar and Member of Parliament Bob Dechert.

The CMA has a youth wing, a performing arts section and the CMA Women’s wing The President of the CMA stated that the association had initiated many activities that helped to enhance and develop the talent of the community. He noted the community consists of e enterprising and fun loving people who believe in hard work and who excel in their areas of expertise. The evening featured Hindi dances, solo songs.

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