Experience the beauty and depth of one of India’s most profound dance forms – Bharatanatyam – presented by one of BC’s leading practitioners of the art, Sujit Vaidya. Bharatanatyam was born in the courts and temples of South India and was performed and developed by female-led hereditary communities of experts in the art form. It evolved to adapt to the stage, with an greater emphasis on devotional themes (at the expense of the erotic), while still allowing for the expression of emotions through music, acting, hand gestures, and intricate rhythmic compositions. 
The performance will be enhanced by the presence of a live ensemble of musicians, featuring Ramya Kapadia (vocal), Raman Kalyan (flute), Curtis Andrews (mridangam) and special guest from India, Vaidya’s guru/teacher A. Lakshman performing the role of the nattuvanar (conductor of the ensemble and recitation of rhythmic dance compositions).

“This is a rare opportunity for Vancouver audiences to experience Bharatanatyam dance accompanied by live music,” says Sujit Vaidya. It brings me great joy to collaborate with master musicians who hold deep practice and experience from Vancouver, India and the US. I’m especially excited for my dance guru A. Lakshman to accompany me and I’m looking forward to sharing three of his choreographies for Sadhana.”

We gratefully acknowledge the following for funding support:

Time Will Tell Arts Society (TWTAS) is registered a not-for-profit performing arts society, dedicated to promoting multicultural artistic expression from traditional, neo-traditional and original sources, with a focus on rhythm, primarily emanating from South Asia and Africa, but not limited to those geo-cultural areas. This mandate takes the form of supporting and producing workshops, concerts, lecture-demonstrations and collaborations with other organizations and artists, with the aim of promoting historically underrepresented and/or misunderstood cultural expressions.
Our work takes many shapes, including supporting and producing concerts, workshops, lecture-demonstrations and collaborations with other artists and organizations, locally and internationally. We have been in existence since 2013 and produce events yearly, featuring a broad cross-section of artists, cultures, ensembles, partners, and interests.
We have been fortunate to have regularly received funding from the City of Vancouver, the BC Arts Council, SOCAN Foundation, BC Gaming, Metro Vancouver, the Canada Council for the Arts and TD Then and Now.
We live, work, and play on the unceded traditional territories of the Coast Salish peoples–Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), Stó:lō and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nations, also known as Vancouver, BC.

A sample of some of our major events since inception is below. Beyond these concerts, we also work with master artists to offer workshops for the general public, as well as for institutions and other community organizations, such as the Vancouver School Board, New Works Dance, and City of Vancouver.

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