Speaker: Dr. Anne-Marie (Anjali) Gaston
Date of the Event: Sunday, April 1, 2007

Topic: "Dance Sculpture and Miniature Paintings" — In her talk, Anjali will unfold the mystery and meaning of different Indian classical dance forms through verbal explanations and slide shows — See the synopsis of Anjali's talk, and the videos of Anjali's presentation.

About the Speaker: Anjali (Dr. Anne-Marie Gaston), Ph. D. from Oxford University in Indian Art and Culture; elected Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society, London. She is an internationally acclaimed Classical East Indian dancer. She is also a choreographer, teacher, lecturer, ethnographer and photographer. She first went to India with CUSO (Canadian University Service Overseas) and has spent over twenty years there, learning and performing Indian dance and rhythm while participating in the extraordinary social phenomenon that is Classical Indian Dance.— See her profile.

Anjali's Web site: www.culturalhorizons.ca. A couple of her works are shown below:

The Dancing Shiva
an introduction to myths, symbols and the arts of India
by Anne-Marie Gaston, Tony Gaston
translated by Marie-Françoise Guédon

2007 April 13 (Friday 7:30 pm) & 14th (Saturday 7:30 pm)
at Arts Court Theatre [
2 Daley Ave, behind Rideau Centre]

Click the picture below to play the video

Anjali and Company will be presenting dances in the classical repertoire as well as premiere a new mixed media dance. The dances are performed in front of evocative slides of Indian sculptures, paintings and miniature paintings.

Tickets $25 — Students $22
Info 564-7240
Details at: www.culturalhorizons.ca

".. her footwork was flawless and her facial expression eloquent".. Chennai

Personal Profile of Anjali (Mrs. Anne-Marie Gaston)

ACADEMIC: Ph. D. from Oxford University in Indian Art and Culture; elected Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society, London; published three books: Siva in Dance Myth and Iconography (Oxford University Press, third edition), Bharata Natyam: from Temple to Theatre, and Krishna's Musicians, Music and Music Making in the Shri Nathji Haveli, Nathdvara, Rajasthan.

"Anne-Marie Gaston [in Bharata Natyam: from Temple to Theatre] has dwelt deep into Bharata Natyam and produced a text that boasts of both profundity of content and clarity in analysis." (The Statesman, New Delhi)

Anjali has studied in India with some of the finest teachers, and has travelled throughout the subcontinent to experience customs and festivals, to study and photograph monuments and to visit great masters.

"Anjali can easily be mistaken for an Indian, not only for her stage presence but for the technical quality of her dance... her footwork was flawless, her facial expression eloquent" Madras, Indian Express.

Anjali has been a pioneer in presenting Indian Classical dances across Canada, bringing the art of India to all Canadians. She has also received critical acclaim in India, UK (including Edinburgh Festival Fringe), USA, Mexico, Holland (Amsterdam, Utrecht, Rotterdam) and France (Paris). She was invited to lecture and perform for the prestigious Madras Music Academy and as a guest of the State Governments of Orissa and Jammu and Kashmir.

Anjali's career is unique as both a dancer and an academic. Her doctoral dissertation for Oxford University concerns the Sociology of the Performing Arts in India and has been published as two books: Bharata Natyam from the Temple to the Theatre and Krishna's Musicians: Musicians and Music-making in the Temples of Nathdvara, Rajasthan. Her earlier book, Siva in Dance, Myth and Iconography, published by Oxford, is in its third edition. She is a Research Associate in the School for Studies in Arts and Culture, Carleton University, and in the Intercultural Research Laboratory, University of Ottawa; also an elected fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society, London.


Intensive training in Bharata Natyam, Odissi, Kuchipudi, Kathakali and Chhau, also North Indian drumming (pakhavaj).

Extensive field research on the sociology of dancer and musician communities.

Research and photography at all major and many minor archaeological sites in India, Nepal, and Bhutan. Exhibitions of these photographs at several museums and galleries.

Comprehensive collection of original 35 mm slides of Indian sculpture and miniature paintings collected from museums throughout India and around the world.

Extensive archive of original music recorded by Anjali in India with some of the finest traditional musicians.

Attendance at numerous major folk art events and religious festivals in India in their urban and non-urban environments.

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Synopsis of the Talk

TOPIC of Anjali's talk at the ICFC on April 1, 2007: "Dance Sculpture and Miniature Paintings"

The classical arts of India are inter-related. Hindu temple sculpture represents in stone the various poses used in Indian dances, and the myths on which the dances are based are also portrayed in sculpture, painting and dance. This lecture will discuss the hand, foot and body positions that are used in dance and sculpture and trace the history of regional variations in style.

Professional quality slides and excerpts from dances in five styles (Bharata Natyam, Odissi, Kathakali, Kuchipudi and Kathak) are included.

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