PARUL GUPTA

KATHAK DANCER

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North Indian Classical Dance

“Dance is for everyone and within everyone”

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Spotlight


ZAKHA SHOW:
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A dynamic Kathak presentation, performed by an ensemble of 6 dancers.

Saturday November 26th at 7 pm

or

Sunday November 27th at 4 pm

At the Robert Gill Theatre (College & St-George)
Tickets: $25 in advance, $30 at the door

Buy tickets now: https://zakhashow.eventbrite.ca

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ABOUT PARUL

Parul’s Dance Journey

Parul’s love for dance started at an early age. Her training began in Bharatha Natyam (South Indian Classical Dance) and Indian Folk Dance at the age of 7. As a teenager and young adult Parul expanded her vocabulary to include Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop, House and Yoga. Almost 20 years after she began learning dance, Parul decided to train in Kathak (North Indian Classical Dance) as this dance style spoke to her heart in a way no other art form every has.

Since 2008, Parul has been dedicated to her study of Kathak. Her early training in Kathak was initially under Sudeshna Maulik, and soon after also under Sandhya Desai. For her advanced studies in Kathak, Parul has learned from Pandit Jai Kishan Maharaj & Ruby Mishra, and the renowned Kumudini Lakhia. Parul continues to seek guidance and training from her Kathak teachers, in Canada and in India.

Parul is the founder, principal teacher and artistic director of Infusion Dance Studios www.infusiondance.ca. Her choreographic works are part of 3 Cirque du Soleil productions: “Love”, “Kooza” & “Totem”. Parul is committed to continually advancing her dance technique by studying with Kathak masters in both Canada and India. She has given performances and workshops across Canada, in the U.S.A and in India. Her recent performance credits include full length solos at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts in Toronto and the Sivananda Yoga Retreat in the Bahamas.

Parul’s scholastic degrees include a Master of Business Administration from the Richard Ivey School of Business (Western University) and a Bachelor degree in Molecular Biology from Concordia University. She is a certified Yoga Instructor in the Sivananda Yoga tradition. As well, Parul sits on the Board of the Dance For Life Foundation – a non-profit organization that uses dance as a medium to raise funds to donate to those that need it most.

Other than dance, Parul loves to travel, cook and read – basically anything that inspires her creative side. She believes that dance should have instinctive expression and strong technique. Going forward, Parul hopes to share her passion and continue to grow to new heights in her art form.

Teachers that have made a profound impact on Parul’s development as an artist:

Anita Gupta (her mother) Yoga & Indian Folk Dance
Pandit Jai Kishan Maharaj Kathak
Padmabhushan Kumudini Lakhia Kathak
Ruby Mishra Kathak
Sandhya Desai Kathak
Sudeshna Maulik Kathak
Donna Greenberg Ballet
Don Jordan Contemporary Jazz
Natasha Jean-Bart Hip Hop
Irvin “Dazl” St-Louis House
Uma Vasudevan Bharatha Natyam

Artists that have played a significant role in Parul’s dance journey:

Rajveer Singh Seyan, Tribhuwan Maharaj, Reshmi Chetram, Nova Bhattacharya, Lata Pada, Lakhbir Singh Sodhi, Qurram Hussain, Ken Barth, Sanjukta Sinha, Bert Caluori, Pulak Trivedi, Divya Viswanathan, Rashmi Sareen.

Parul would like to acknowledge the generous support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council and the Toronto Arts Council in her artistic development and pursuits.

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Calendar


Past Performances:

  • June 2016: Cirque Du Soleil private Grand Prix event, Montreal
  • June 2016: “Pandit Birju Maharaj Concert” at Place des Arts, Montreal
  • December 2014: Kathak performance at the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Toronto
  • November 2014: Kathak performance and 3-day workshop at the Sivananda Yoga Retreat, Paradise Island, Bahamas
  • August 2014: “Kathak Mahotsav” at the Fairview Library Theatre, Toronto
  • July 2014: “Sense Beyond” at the Chinese Cultural Center, Toronto
  • June 2014: “Rung Festival” at the Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto
  • June 2014: “Silk Route” at the Second City, Toronto
  • March 2014: “International Women’s Day” at North York Memorial Hall, Toronto
  • January 2014: “COC Free Concert Series” at the Four Seasons Centre, Toronto
  • October 2013: “Gait to the Spirit” at the Scotiobank Dance Centre, Vancouver
  • April 2013: “Dancenette” at Arabesque Dance Centre, Toronto
  • March 2013: “Horizon Series” at the Sampradaya Theatre, Mississauga
  • September 2012: “Kathak Mahotsav” (Next Steps 12/13) at Harbourfront, Toronto
  • September 2012: “The Mayor’s 3rd Annual Cricket Festival”, Brampton
  • May 2012: “Classical Dance & Music Concert” at Noor Cultural Centre, Toronto
  • April 2012: “Rhythm of the Ghungaroos” at the Betty Oliphant Theater, Toronto
  • January 2012: “Kaal” (Next Steps 11/12) at the Fleck Dance Theater, Toronto
  • October 2011: “Utsav” (Trillium Foundation), International Center, Mississauga
  • June 2011: “Taj” (Luminato Festival) at the Fleck Dance Theater, Toronto
  • June 2011: “Kathak Soiree” at the Shenkman Arts Centre, Ottawa
  • January 2011: “Sarabhai Arts Festival” at Natrani, Ahmedabad, India

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