The 6th annual Culture Days celebration kicked off from September 25-27 across Canada with over 7, 500 free activities and events in over 825 communities across the country. British Columbia was in for a real treat with Traditional India Series—a partnership collective presenting Indian Arts, Culture and Heritage to the wider community. Everyone was welcome to these events in a spirit of creating, participating, and sharing the uniquely diverse culture of Canada.
On 25th September, Dr. Tom Hunter played Sarode at the Inlet Theatre of Port Moody, BC in the Senia-Maihar style. Tom is a lecturer in Sanskrit and Indian literature at the University of British Columbia. He took his training under the great Ustad Ali Akbar Khan, and continues to be a student and supporter of the Ali Akbar Khan College of Music in San Rafael, California.
At the same event, engineer and flutist, Milind Khot brought dreamy waves of Bansuri to the enchanted audience. Accomplished Hindustani Vocalist, Neeraja Aptikar captivated many hearts with her songs. She is also a classical vocal teacher in Burnaby, BC. Davinder Singh Namdhari brought soul-stirring sacred strings of the Dilruba to steal hearts with every strike of the bow. Sitarist Sharanjeet Sing Mand, disciple of Pundit Harvinder Sharma, offered ‘Rasa’ sweetness of song through Sitar. He represents the youngest generation of Ustad Vilayatkhani Gharana. Favourite Tabla performance was brought to life by Sunny Matharu, disciple of Pandit Yogesh Samsi. Sunny is also an aspiring teacher and friend to his fellow musicians.
TriCity India Heritage Arts & Culture Society fulfilled its aim of inculcating the essence of cultural arts, community, and heritage as part of our Canadian lifestyles with progressive dialogues, collaborations, and partnerships of mutual respect and higher understanding.
Source: Nina Buddhdev
Vinita Kinra is a Toronto-based author, editor, speaker and activist, best known for her short story collection, Pavitra in Paris, launched to critical acclaim in 2013. She is also a contributor for India’s largest English daily, The Times of India.