Indo-American Arts Council presents ERASING BORDERS and INDIA @ 75 Dance Festival


The Indo-American Arts Council announces the always-awaited dance performances, including this year’s special events to celebrate the 75th anniversary of India’s Independence Day on August 15.

The celebration included two live performances, August 6 and 7 at the Ailey Citigroup Theater in New York City, and a virtual broadcast on August 8 featuring artists from India, Canada and the United States.

Since its founding 15 years ago, the Indo-American Arts Council has distinguished itself through its presentations devoted to the advancement of knowledge and living practices of the arts of the Indian subcontinent.

Erase Borders Dance Festival

Monday, August 8, virtual

with choreography by

Tanya Saxena

Tanveer Alam

Sebastien Tan/MBT

Mythil Anoop

Deepali Salil

Erase Borders Dance Festival

August 8, 2022, virtual

Featured on Indo American Arts Council Facebook and Youtube with artists from India, USA and Canada

Introduction by Subhalakshmi, Amjad Ali Khan

Looking Within Looking Around is created by a team of artists from all over India. It is conceptualized by Deepali Salil.

“ANIMALS” is choreographed and performed by Bharatanatyam dancers

Nilava Sen as Gazelle

Shubhamani Chandrashekar as Orc

Athul Balu as Hyena

Deepali Salil as Sarus Crane

Original musical composition – Sanchit Choudhary

Sponsored by Sundari Silks India

‘Animals’ is part of our larger work LOOK IN, LOOK AROUND, a dance film that invites audiences to ‘LOOK IN’ and ‘LOOK AROUND’ them. In our film “Animals”, viewers are led to look around, emphasizing that it is high time we became more aware of all the other beings that inhabit this planet with us. By taking four animals; Gazelle, Hyena, Orca and Sarus Crane, which are not much explored by classical Indian dancers, we seek to renew the connection with our animal kingdom and develop this connection in care and compassion. The only way forward is together. Conserving and living sustainably must become a way of life.


Choreographed and performed by Tanya Saxena

Sound design and mixing: Ananda Gupta

Music: Rajat Prasanna

‘Bindu’ (the point of origin) is a movement film inspired by artist SH Raza, produced in collaboration with the Raza Foundation.

Tanya Saxena is a Bharatanatyam dancer based in Delhi, India. She has studied extensively under famous gurus Saroja Vaidyanathan, Rama Vaidyanathan, Kamalini Dutt and A. Lakshamanswamy; Tanya holds a Masters in Performing Arts, is an ICCR Approved Artist and an A-Rated Artist from Doordarshan, India.

Leher (wave) choreographed and performed by Tanveer Alam

A minimalist exploration of Vilambit Laya (slow tempo) in Kathak.

Music: Gurumurthy Vaidya

Dramaturgy: Harikishan S. Nair

Mixing and mastering: Roshin Shabu

Videography and editing: Aman Chandak

Supported by: Sadhana Project Residency (Anandam Dancetheatre), Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council.

Tanveer Alam (Toronto, Canada) trained in kathak with Sudeshna Maulik and guru Sandhya Desai. Alam graduated in Western Contemporary Dance from the Professional Education Program at the School of Toronto Dance Theater (2019). Alam has acted in the works of Pt. Birju Maharaj, Lata Pada, Rina Singha, Janak Khendry, Padmini Chettur, Brandy Leary, Peter Chin, Harikishan S. Nair and Sashar Zarif to name a few and he has featured at SummerWorks Festival, Battery Dance Festival +, CanAsian Dance Festival: Grit Short Dances, Tangente and others.

Terra (Singapore)

Choreographed by Liz Lea and

Danced by Subastian Tan and Shahrin Johry.

TaikOz Music

A contemporary dance with influences from movement techniques from Singapore and India.

Subastian Tan and Shahrin Johry are members of Maya Dance Theater in Singapore. Founded in 2007, Maya Dance Theater (MDT) is a non-profit professional dance theater company that has carved out a place for itself in Singapore’s dance scene by creating work with a social conscience and sharing stories social.

bird of time

Performed and choreographed by Mythili Maratt Anoop

Inspired by Sarojini Naidu’s poem, “The Bird of Time”, this work presents an assortment of dramatic life moments that ultimately end in silence.

Mythili Maratt Anoop is an ICCR trained Mohiniyattam artist trained by Guru Kalamandalam Kshemavathy and Guru Sadanam Balakrishnan among others. In addition to numerous awards, she holds a PhD from IIT Bombay on the semiotics of Mohiniyattam which has led to publications such as Mohiniyattam: A Language of Feminine Desire and Scripting Dance in Contemporary India.


Choreographed and Performed by Bharatanatyam Dancers Nilava Sen as Gazelle Shubhamani Chandrashekar as Orca Athul Balu as Hyena Deepali Salil as Sarus Crane

Original musical composition – Sanchit Choudhary

We wanted to renew the connection with our animal kingdom and develop this connection in care and compassion.

Nilava Sen based in Kolkata, works under Rama Vaidyanathan. He has performed continuously on various prestigious platforms all over India. He has won various accolades like Nalanda Nritya Nipuna 2020, Kishor Pratibha Award 2018, SSS Academy Award 2015 to name a few.

Deepali Salil holds a Masters degree (Bharatnatyam) from the prestigious Nalanda Nrityakala Mahavidyalaya, Mumbai under Padma Bhushan Kanak Rele. She is currently studying with Rama Vaidyanathan. She has performed at various prestigious festivals and was a trainer and choreographer for the feature film MEE RAQSAM produced by Shabana Azmi. She is also a certified UNESCO CID – PAIRS animator and counselor in therapeutic movements.

Athul Balu graduated from Kalakshetra Foundation Chennai and is currently a member of Leela Samson’s Spanda Dance. He received the Sri Gutty Vasu Memorial Prize from the Madras Music Academy Company.

Shubhamani Chandrashekar trained with her mother Sharadamani Shekar, Kalakshetra Foundation and is currently training with Rama Vaidyanathan. She has performed in several countries such as the United States, Cambodia and South Korea.

All events organized by the Indo American Arts Council (IAAC). IAAC is passionately dedicated to promoting, showcasing and raising awareness of the performing, visual, literary and popular arts and artists whose heritage lies in India. We also gratefully acknowledge our co-existence with the New York artist community.


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