Immerse in India culture at the Ottawa's Canadian Gharana Festival
- Ottawa Travel Guide
- Tuesday, 05 June 2012 20:41
As a country of more than 1 billion people, India boasts an eclectic and diverse culture, which is something travellers to Ottawa can be a part of and experience this summer. Held at the Shenkman Arts Centre and Centrepointe Theatre for the first time, guests in the city can attend the Canadian Gharana Festival on June 22 and 23. This celebration of Indian tradition and art will feature performances, demonstrations and workshops by accomplished locals and Indians alike for guests of all ages to enjoy.
The event will be hosted by the Gharana Arts organization, which strives to bring Indian expression and tradition to the people of Canada through classes, promotion and encouraging interest in the next generation of aspiring performers. During this festival, guests will be able to get a taste of all kinds of regional arts, ranging from dance and theatre to music and movies. Much of the programming is suitable for young and old audience members, so those taking tours of Ottawa with families can participate in this two-day celebration.
One of the showcased dancers performing at the event will be the renowned Kasturi Mishra. Her choreographed pieces will be highlighted on the special Indian Classical Arts day, alongside vocals from Rashmi Venkateswaran and various instrumentalists playing the flute, mridangam, sitar and tabla. A film featuring her training will also be shown on the second day, called Broken Blossoms.
According to the EMC Orleans, officials say that in the past there has been a strong showing of Indian artists taking to the stage to display their skills. However, this year the Gharana Arts organization hopes to highlight the talents of Canadian citizens who come from Indian decent.
"We're at the point in our society where some of these arts and traditions are quite prominent," Ravi Singh, president of Gharana Arts, told the news source. "What we want to do really is give the public a good understanding and let them know that it's not just the one small part of Bollywood that they might see on Entertainment Tonight."
Travellers who like to experience new things and customs while on holiday should not miss this exciting Indian-themed festival taking place in Ottawa this summer.