August 9-11 2019



About Us

The Great India Festival (TGIF) Ottawa is a non-profit organization incorporated in 2011. Our objectives are:

  1. Showcase high quality Indian music and dance programs
  2. Engage our patrons with interactive and participatory programs that both entertain and educate about culture and heritage of India
  3. Present nutritious and tasty authentic ethnic food from different regions of India
  4. Present workshops that nourish the Body and Mind: on Wellness, Yoga, Meditation, Music, Arts, Dance and Cooking; to organize discourses, discussions and debates on Indian inspired Culture and Philosophy.

Padma Shri Kavita Krishnamurti

Undoubtedly one of the favourites of the critics and the masses, Kavita’s singing career reads like a fairy tale. Her exquisite and mellifluous voice, wide range and, versatility to sing different styles and types of songs has put her in a unique place amongst singers and she has been quoted as a “melody queen” by leading critics and connoisseurs alike. Kavita’s collaborations have been with artists over three generations.

Padma Bhushan Pandit L. Subramaniam

India’s violin icon – The Paganini of Indian Classical music – is the serenity of an Indian musician combined with the magnetism of a western “star”. Constantly propelled from across the world, he has conquered every audience with the elegance and virtuosity of his style. His career as a childhood prodigy brought him into contact with the greatest musicians and he soon imposed himself as a master of the violin. Till date, Dr. Subramaniam has produced, performed, collaborated and conducted close to 200 recordings.

Padma Shri Vidushi Sumitra Guha

An Indian classical vocalist, known for her expertise in the Carnatic and Hindustani schools of classical music. Sumitra has received many awards and honors starting from the gold medals she received from the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam at Tirupati and from the All India Vaggeykar Utsavams at Bhadrachalam in 1972. West Bengal Journalists Association awarded her the Best Vocalist of the Year prize in 1991 and a year later, she received the title Vidushi, in 1995.

Anuj Mishra

He belongs to the famous traditional family of musicians gharana of Varanasi. Anuj is thirteenth generation of artists in his traditional musical family . His forefather Late Shri Shiv Kishore Mishra was renowned Sarangi player. His grandfather Late Shri Nanhu Mishra was a famous Tabla mastero and his father Pt. Arjun Mishra is very famous and renowned kathak guru, dancer and choreographer learned under Late Shri Ramnarayan Mishra in kolkata and then by great legend Padma Vibhushan Pt. Birju maharaj.

Sandip Mallick

Sandip Mallick, an internationally acclaimed Kathak exponent, started training under Guru Smt. Sreelekha Mukherjee at the tender age of four. Continuing the talim under her he also has got associated with Pt.Birju Maharaj ji since 1991. He has undergone his rewaz (practice) with Pt. Kumar Bose on tabla since 1997.

An M. A from Rabindra Bharati University, Sandip is an auditioned artiste of Doordarshan and empanelled artiste of ICCR.

Haleem Khan

Dancing is Haleem Khan’s passion. It is also a language that he speak best as an artist. To him all art is an attempt to create beautiful things. “To reveal art and conceal the artist is art’s aim”, Haleem is impressed by these famous words, and constantly aims to realize that. With stage as a canvas, music giving form and rhythm, Classical Dance is an essay and outpouring of feelings – at once a performance but also as an art form comes very close to life.

Ramya Harishankar

Ramya Harishankar’s Arpana School of Dance is one of the premier learning institutions in the US for Bharatanatyam, the classical dance from Southern India. Graduates of the Arpana School of Dance perform as the Arpana Dance Company. Since 1985, they have presented over 15 full length productions and participated in several major festivals and events including the Dance Kaleidoscope, LA Festival, Santa Monica Festival, Watts Drum Festival and Nations of San Diego. Over the years they have also helped raise over $100,000 towards various charities such as the American Red Cross, Pediatric Aids Foundation, Make-a-Wish Foundation, CHOC and the American Cancer Society.

Sudeshna Maulik

Sudeshna Maulik is one of the most promising Indian classical dancers today. Endowed with an electrifying presence, her performances speak of rare intensity and authority. Based in Canada and India she maintains an active performing career that spans North America, Europe and Asia. Sudeshna’s unique art form has been inspired by more than one “gharana” or tradition of Kathak. Her tutelage began at tender age of even under Pt Chitresh Das. She pursued her passion through training at Bharatiya Kala Kendra and later from Kathak Kendra (New Delhi) with Kathak legend Padmabhibhushan Birju Maharaj as her mentor.

Rajesh Chenthy

Rajesh Chenthy is an eminent performing artist and a young emerging talent holding a Master’s in Bharatanatyam performing arts from the worldwide reputed Kalakshetra foundation college of fine arts, Chennai. Having been exposed to the vast field of fine arts at an early age encouraged Rajesh to develop a profound interest to fully immerse and dedicate to the learning of the numerable forms of Indian classical dance. Pursued continuous and strenuous training for the past 20 years and carry great proficiency in other Indian classical dance styles such as Kathakali, Kuchipudi as well as different folk dance forms.

Madhavam Saraswathi Society for Dance and Music

Madhavam is a Thematic Production in Kuchipudi, one of the major Indian classical dances, presented by Saraswathi School for Dance and Music SSDM Ensemble, Edmonton, Alberta, and performed by 10 artists. The production take the audience through the life and exploits of Krishna.

Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue W, Ottawa

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110 Laurier Avenue West
Ottawa, ON K2P 2H9


(613) 983-2812


Fri (9th Aug 2019)    : 6pm–11pm

Sat (10th Aug 2019)  : 11am–11pm

Sun (11th Aug 2019) : 11am-11pm

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