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Umang 2015

Mrudanga Dance Academy (MDA) is, once again, very proud to announce it’s two-day Indian classical dance and music festival, UMANG. Read below for more information.

Umang 2015
Villanova High School, Lassale, ON
May 30th and 31st, 2015 @ 3-6pm

Purchase tickets: $12 per day OR $20 for 2 days
Students (with valid ID) $5
2800 County Road #8, LaSalle, ON N9A 6Z6
Ph: 519-966-8367
Or call 519-969-7717

UMANG, a showcase of the proud heritage of India, is presented to the Windsor community in the form of a two-day festival. The festival will feature artists from Toronto, Montreal, Windsor and even as far as, India.

The festival will be held in Villanova High School on May 30th and May 31st, 2015 between 3 to 6 pm on both days. As in past years, it gives us great pleasure and honour to inform the Windsor community that, the recipient of our 2015 Raaga award is Amanda Gellman, CEO of Manan Strategy Consultant. The Raaga award was introduced in 2012 to recognize individuals who have brought ‘Joy, Purpose and Change’ to the community that they live in. These dedicated individuals are working towards a common goal of advancement and progress in a harmonious and purposeful manner.

May 30, 2015 (Day 1 of 2)

  • Opening performance by students of MDA
  • Conferring of Raaga award to Amanda Gellman
  • Trishna – The Thirst. In this dance theatre, we see how a woman thirsts for an identity that society refuses to give her, and how her quest for love and search for justice morph into one. This dance theatre is narrated by the legendary South Asian Canadian artist, Lata Pada (recipient of Order of Canada)
  • Hindustani Classical Vocal by Ramneek Singh, acclaimed singer from Toronto

May 31, 2015 (Day 2 of 2)

  • Carnatic classical vocal by Rudhran Moodley, a young, emerging talent from Windsor
  • Aparkaya, a dance production by award winning dancer, Sharmila Biswas from India. Aparkaya, is a unique blend of Odissi and movements taken from the weavers of traditional textiles in Odisha and merging into a powerful story from mythology in which Vedavati talks through Sita. It compares the rigid threads of the loom with Vedavati, and the emerging cloth — soft yet resilient, with Sita, her incarnation.
  • Dance presentation by students of MDA
  • Kathak dance recital by Sudeshna Maulik, renowned dancer from Montreal

We would like to request your presence at UMANG to experience this spectacular display of talents from all over the world. It is because of your continued support that MDA is able to showcase the rich culture and heritage of India. And we would like to thank you for that.

MDA would also like to thank its sponsors Ontario Arts Council, Arts Council of Windsor, South Asian Centre of Windsor, its Board members, its volunteers and its community sponsors.