Navia Natarajan
[Navia Natarajan]

Gait to the Spirit will return for its fourth year and again be held at Vancouver’s Scotiabank Dance Centre. Look for a variety of three classical dance styles with performances and workshops by international, national, and local artists alike.

The festival will kick off with a bharata natyam double bill featuring two of the best bharata natyam dancers of their generation: female dancer Navia Natarajan and male dancer Bhavajan Kumar.

Mandala Arts and Culture is proud to present India’s odissi premiere danseuse Sujata Mohapatra, daughter-in-law of the “legendary” pioneer and master of the odissi classical dance style, Padma Vibushan guru Kelucharan Mohapatra. Sujata will also be offering an odissi master class.

For the festival’s youth dance series, the north Indian kathak dance style will include Toronto’s Parul Gupta and Vancouver’s own Nritya Manjari Kathak Dancers.

Bhavajan Kumar
[Bhavajan Kumar]

Here’s a breakdown of the performances:
Navia Natarajan & Bhavajan Kumar – USA/Canada/India (bharata natyam)
Date: Friday, October 18, 8 pm

Sujata Mohapatra – India (odissi)
Date: Saturday October 19, 8 pm

Parul Gupta & the Nritya Manjaree Dancers – Canada (kathak)
Date: Sunday October 20, 1:30 pm (pay what you can performance)

Sujata Mohapatra
[Sujata Mohapatra]

Fourth Annual Gait to the Spirit Festival
Dates: October 18 to 21
Venue: Scotiabank Dance Centre, 677 Davie Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Available in advance at Banyan Books (3608 West 4th Avenue) in person or via phoning 604.737.8858
Phone 604.874.8985 for information regarding the festival and registration for Master Classes
About Mandala Arts and Culture
About Mandala Arts and Culture is a Vancouver-based dance company dedicated to producing, developing, and presenting the classical dance forms of India as well as supporting the artistic vision of director Jai Govinda. Mandala creates a legacy of excellence for bharata natyam by training students through the Jai Govinda Dance Academy and by giving them a platform to perform, share, and train other students.

This festival is made possible with the generous support of The BC Arts Council, The City of Vancouver, Vancouver Foundation, BC Gaming, Hamber Foundation, Banyen Books & Sound and the Georgia Straight.

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