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Founder, Choreographer, Artistic Director Emerita
Artistic Director, Sampradaya Dance Creations
Stage Lighting Designer & Film maker
Projection Design
Technical Director
Tour Manager & Executive Director

Date & Time

Sunday Sun, 25 Dec 2022


Bangalore International Centre
7, 4th Main Road, Domlur II Stage
Bangalore, Karnataka 560071 India

Bridging the yantras of Hinduism and the sand mandalas of Tibetan Buddhist practice, the artists consecrate the stage and the body to a divine purpose of self-realization. Reminding us of the impermanence of life on earth through its illusory harmony and order, mandalas are an architectural blueprint for enlightenment.

The 60 minute performance draws us into a portal, revealing the sacred geometry mapping our cosmos. As we are welcomed into the silent interior space of the mandala, potent with energy and discovery, we come to realize that dance, as life, as also the mandala are in the moment – ephemeral and transitory. Each movement in dance, each note in music ritualistically draws in extrinsic energy to manifest a higher consciousness of harmony and peace.

MANDALA is inspired by the construction of the mandala and its geometrical design, its layering of patterns, the subtle interplay of color and design and the focused attention to detail. The dance work recognizes geometric movement syntax expressed in complex rhythmic principles of dance forms such as Bharatanatyam and Kathak.

Cast & Crew:

Concept : Lata Pada
Choreography : Lata Pada & Suma Nair in collaboration with the dancers
Dancers : Tanveer Alam, Nithya Garg, Harikishan S Nair, Atri Nundy, Shobhit Ramesh, Sukriti Sharma, Purawai Vyas
Music : Praveen Rao
Lighting Design : Gyan Dev Singh
Projection Design : Jacques Collin
Technical Director : Nitin Sawant
Tour Manager : Jasmine Sawant
Administrative Manager : Uma Ambike
Marketing and Promotions : ArtSpire

About Sampradaya Dance Creations: Sampradaya Dance Creations is an award-winning Canadian professional dance company specializing in creating and producing classical and contemporary dance works rooted in the South Asian dance form of Bharatanatyam. Sampradaya’s strength lies in its pursuit of excellence by creating a stunning range of solo and ensemble works that are infused with the creativity of Indian dance vocabularies and inspiring audiences with its innovative approaches to traditional movement.


Tanveer Alam


Toronto-based Tanveer Alam started his Kathak training with Sudeshna Maulik and pursued further nuanced learning with the Late guru Sandhya Desai. Alam is a 2019 graduate of The School of Toronto Dance Theatre. Alam has performed in the works of Rina Singha, Lata Pada, Padmini Chettur, Brandy Leary, Harikishan S. Nair, Sashar Zarif, Lucy Rupert, and Peter Chin. As an emerging choreographer, he has presented work at SummerWorks Festival, Battery Dance Festival +, MAI – Montréal, arts, interculturels, CanAsian Dance Festival: Grit Short Dances, and Tangente. Alam has been supported by Toronto Arts Council, The Ontario Arts Council, and The Canada Council for the Arts.  Recently, Alam co-created ‘In Multiplicity’ with Nithya Garg, presented as  part of the Independent Projects stream at Nuit Blanche (Humber Galleries), and choreographed Haazri, a new Kathak solo for The National Ballet of Canada’s Sharing The Stage program.

Nithya Garg


Nithya Garg is an emerging artist who has trained in the South Asian classical dance form of bharatanatyam for over a decade. Her work is informed by the pedagogy of Lata Pada who has guided her formal training through Sampradaya Dance Academy and the professional company of Sampradaya Dance Creations. Nithya has also trained in kalarippayattu, a South Indian martial art, with Gurukul Vikas Vijayan in Kerala, India and Brandy Leary. Through Sampradaya, Nithya has performed in several national and international tours. She was a featured artist in ĀNANDAṀ’s artwork, Ephemeral Artifacts: Scarborough, premiered at Nuit Blanche in 2019, was a showcased artist in the Luminato series “Golden Hour” (2021), and has worked with international choreographer Padmini Chettur as apart of her new work Chalking, commissioned by Anandam, to name a few.

Harikishan S Nair


Hari is a dancer, choreographer, pedagogue and rehearsal director. He is a passionate and critical advocate for equity within the dance sector for practitioners of South Asian dance and a community leader in articulating issues in how these performance aesthetics interface with established institutions of dominant dance presenting/curation in Canada. Born and raised in Kerala (India) he has been dancing since age 3 and is fluently trained in Bharatanatyam, Mohiniyattam and Kuchipudi. He tours new choreographic works and conducts teaching workshops and masterclasses extensively across North America. He has gone on to collaborate, perform, and present his work at numerous dance festivals in India, UK, Canada, and the USA. He is active in the community as a dance artist, teacher, choreographer, collaborator, rehearsal director, dramaturge and the Artistic Director of Regatta Kala Kendra. He is currently engaged in a full time year long internship studying Artistic Direction with Anandam and Sampradaya Dance Creations generously supported by the Metcalf Foundation, Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council.

Atri Nundy


Atri Nundy started learning Bharatanatyam at Sampradaya Dance Academy under her teacher Lata Pada at the age of 4. After completing her arangetram in 2005, she continues to work as a teacher at the Academy and as a Company dancer and choreographer at Sampradaya Dance Creations. While training in Bharatanatyam, Atri was fortunate enough to be able to train in various dance forms. This combination has given her the interest to explore beyond the traditional realms of Bharatanatyam. She appeared in Glaciology in 2018 choreographed by Brandy Leary (Anandam Dancetheatre) and presented her own work-in-progress of Sequence at Wind Down Dance curated by Allen and Karen Kaeja and Michael Caldwell. Although she continues to practice traditional repertoire, her curiosity for developing different movement vocabulary has given her a renewed sense of joy. She has recently presented Mindful Chatter, a trio choreographed by Nundy and commissioned by Anadamdance Theatre in April 2022.

Shobhit Ramesh


Shobhit started his initial training under Smt. Usha Unni, and later under the guidance of Shri Prem Menon. Shobhit is currently under the tutelage of internationally acclaimed dancing trio Shri Parshwanath Upadhye, Shri Adithya PV and Smt Shruti Gopal at the Upadhye School of Dance, Bangalore. Training sessions under Navtej Johar and Justin McCarthy as a part of an undergraduate program has helped him hone various aspects of performance and the theory of the art form. Training stint under Apoorva Jayaraman through the Inside Out course series and Lochanam workshop conducted under the mentorship renowned Kutiyatam artist Sooraj Nambiar inspired him to delve deeply into the philosophy of Bharatanatyam – the movement of the body and musicality of dance. He has been a part of the Bharatanatyam cadre for the Marhaba NaMo event in Dubai in the year 2015.

Sukriti Sharma


Now based in Toronto, Sukriti Sharma first started studying in Delhi, India with Guru Ashok Chakraborty and continued her training with Guru Krishan Mohan Mishra – the elder son of the renowned late Pandit Shambhu Maharaj – until 2010. During her decade-long study of Kathak, she was awarded a Post Diploma from India’s premier institute Kathak Kendra, located in New Delhi, India. To further deepen her knowledge, Sukriti has attended a variety of workshops and explored different facets of the form with masters such as Shama Bhate, Pandit Birju Maharaj and Madhu Natraj Kiran. he has also performed in a range of arts and culture festivals including Kathak Mahotsav in (Delhi, 2011), Surya Festival (Kerala, 2012), Konark Festival (Konark, 2013), Aroha Fest (Ottawa; 2019) and Angikam (Toronto, 2021).

Purawai Vyas


Purawai Vyas, is an emerging dance artist, with over 15 years of training in Bharatanatyam. She has also trained in Ballet, modern/contemporary dance and Kalarippayattu during her undergraduate career and holds a BFA in Dance along with a BSc in Biomedical Sciences from York University. Purawai has had the opportunity to dance in the works of highly acclaimed choreographers, including Lata Pada, Atri Nundy, Suma Nair, Parshwanath Upadhye and Nova Bhattacharya. She is passionate about teaching and sharing the art form of Bharatanatyam as a dance teacher at Sampradaya Dance Academy. Currently, she works with Sampradaya Dance Creations and Nova Dance as a company dancer. Purawai is also the co-founder of Kala collective, a dance collective of six south Asian dance artists with a shared training in Bharatanatyam.

Lata Pada

Founder, Choreographer, Artistic Director Emerita

Dancer, Choreographer, Teacher & Cultural Consultant, Lata Pada is recognized as one of Canada’s leading artists and arts advocates. An award-winning artist, she holds the distinction of being the first South Asian artist to receive the prestigious national honor of the Order of Canada in 2009. In January 2011, she was awarded the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman by the President of India. In 2012, she was honored with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for her contribution to the community as a Canadian citizen. More recently, Lata was inducted into the 2013 Inaugural Mississauga Legend’s Row as well as being named one of the Most Influential Individuals of the City of Mississauga.

Lata has trained under India’s eminent gurus Kalaimamani Kalyanasundaram and Padmabhushan Kalanidhi Narayanan. Originally from Bangalore, India, she has made Canada her home since 1964. She holds an MFA in Dance from York University and is an Adjunct Professor in their Graduate Program.

Suma Nair

Artistic Director, Sampradaya Dance Creations

Suma Nair has recently been made the Artistic Director of Sampradaya Dance Creations. She embarks in this new journey after 6 years of working under the able mentorship of Lata Pada with SDC as an Assistant Artistic Director. Growing up in the Middle East, Suma Nair was initiated into studying the Indian classical dance form of Bharatanatyam under the training of Sujatha Suresh. She continues to practice, teach and perform the style. Suma Nair was initiated into Bharatanatyam at a young age under the guidance of Sujatha Suresh. She held an MFA in Dance Choreography from York University and was awarded the Susan Crocker and John Hunkin Scholarship in Fine Arts for 2014-2015. Her expanse of productions includes Kindred (2016), Transcendence (2016), and a remount of the work “Howzat” for Sampradaya Dance Creations (2017). Her training in Bhartanatyam aids her in understanding other classical and contemporary styles that she brings together in her productions.

Gyan Dev Singh

Stage Lighting Designer & Film maker

A graduate from the National School of Drama, New Delhi, Gyan Dev Singh has worked as a lighting designer with many eminent  Dancers and Theatre directors like Leela Samson, Aditi Mangaldas, Roysten Abel, Anuradha Kapur, Kavalam Narayana Panikkar, Madhavi Mudgal, Malavika Sarrukai, Kumudini Lakhiya, Lushin Dubey, Ashley lobo, Apsara Arts-Singapore and Akram Khan Dance Company-London. His skills in stage lighting design has taken him to various theatre and dance festivals in Europe, North America, South America Australia, Singapore, Thailand, Africa, China, Russia and the Middle East. He has been invited to perform in festivals like The Edinburgh International Festival, The Bon Biennale, Prague Quadrennial, Korzo International Dans Festival, The Internationale Tanzmesse Festival, Dancing the Gods Festival, to name a few.

Jacques Collin

Projection Design

For the last 40 years Jacques Collin has designed and produced  projections and media integration for the stage and large scale exterior installations. He has been a frequent collaborator to playwright Robert Lepage and his Ex Machina company since 1990.  He produced the projections for the following One-Man-Shows : The Far Side of the Moon,  Needles and Opium, Elsinore and The Andersen Project.  He has also collaborated on the collective creations The Seven Streams of the River Ota,  Lipsynch, Geometry of Miracles, Apassionada – La Casa Azul amongst others.  He worked on Maestro Loren Maazel’s 1984 Opera at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, and collaborated on The Image Mill in Quebec’s Old Port.  Jacques worked in 2010 and 2012 with the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon on the creation of A Tender Thing. Since 2010 Jacques has worked with Lata Pada’s Sampradaya Dance Creations (Classical and Contemporary Indian Dance), toured in Canada, Indonesia and India with the following productions : TAJ, Nirantara, Pralaya and Mantra.

Nitin Sawant

Technical Director

Nitin Sawant has a deep passion for the arts. An excellent actor, he prefers to work behind the scenes. He brings his technical skills, especially videography, streaming and projections, and his project management skills to producing theatre and other events. He has supported SAWITRI Theatre Group since its founding and is the Technical Director on most SAWITRI Theatre productions. He is also the Technical Supervisor for performances at Sampradaya Theatre. Nitin has managed several performing arts events in Mumbai and the Middle East. Nitin has produced arts and culture events and provided technical support to festivals and events organized by many other arts and culture organizations in Canada and the USA.

Jasmine Sawant

Tour Manager & Executive Director

Jasmine Sawant’s vision towards promoting South Asian dance forms in Canada and her focus on developing Sampradaya Dance Creations while upholding its vision has helped the organization evolve into a frontrunner in promoting South Indian dance forms. She co-founded SAWITRI Theatre Group, a Mississauga-based woman-centric, and new generation-focused theatre company. She is also a board member of the Mississauga Writers Group and the Canadian Association of Fringe Festivals (CAFF) and sits on the Meadowvale Theatre community advisory panel. She has also worked at the International Indian School Dammam (formerly the Indian Embassy School Dammam) in Saudi Arabia, the French Embassy in Bahrain, and the Max Mueller Bhavan (Goethe Institute) in Mumbai.