The 41st Annual Festival of India – July 13-14, 2013
Arts & Culture Showcase
Centre Island, Toronto
The 41st Annual Festival of India, which will be celebrated on Centre Island from July 13-14, 2013, once again proudly presents its unique Arts & Culture Showcase, a beautiful and soul-riveting programme of powerful dance, drama and devotional music from the ancient subcontinent. Rain-or-shine, in a tented, outdoor venue and amidst a giant summer festival, this show grants audiences a free ticket to observe the spiritual allure and the creative elegance of dramas, melodies, and choreography that were once commonplace in ancient, spiritual India.
With a line-up of internationally acclaimed artists, the programme promises a unique and unforgettable collection of sublime sounds and enchanting performances. Some of this year’s performers include :
- Toronto Tabla Ensemble
- Joanna Das & Chhandam Dance Company
- Enakshi Das Sinha
- Menaka Thakkar Dance Company
- Chitraleka Odissi Dance Creations
The 41st Annual Festival of India’s Arts & Culture extravaganza will be showcasing traditional and modern forms of a devotional music style known as kirtan. In recent years, word about this form of music has been spreading and developing into its own subculture and modern indie music scene. At the Festival of India, audiences will be able to experience kirtan performances by a number of classically-trained local and international kirtan musicians and bands. Traditional South Asian instruments and mantras together with contemporary sounds and rhythms will burst forth into ecstatic, new musical experiences that must be heard to be believed!
About Festival of India
The Festival of India also features a vibrant parade down Yonge Street on Saturday, July 13th, with celebrations continuing on Toronto’s beautiful Centre Island for the remainder of the weekend. Aside from the Arts & Culture Showcase, festival-goers will find a massive, colourful and free festival, featuring a South Asian bazaar, Vedic exhibits, a children’s area, face-painting, and our world-famous FREE vegetarian feast! On Sunday, July 14th, the Festival will also present the Sixth Annual Yoga Meltdown – a “festival within a festival” – focusing on presenting the spiritual depth of yoga and much more!
Telephone: 1-888-535-FEST (3378)
Chairperson, Festival of India
Marketing Manager, Festival of India