Chan Centre Dot Com Series

Parasakti: The Flame Within

Fri Mar 19 2021 7pm

Access to this performance ended on May 31, 2021

A digital production presented by the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts

Read about the virtual experience here


Parāśakti—the Mother Goddess, the Absolute Divinity—plays a timeless, archetypal role across geographic and socio-cultural barriers in Hindu traditions, acting as a reflection on the human condition and presenting paths for attaining enlightenment. This brand new production explores the Goddess’ many narratives and iconographies through sublime classical Indian music and dance.


Vancouver-based dance artist Arno Kamolika‘s work seeks non-traditional storytelling through the traditional framework of Bharatanatyam, while she explores her Bengali heritage and skillfully draws from music, theatre, mime and other dance forms to create an informed artistic narrative. Born and raised in the Lower Mainland, Hindustani vocalist Akhil Jobanputra’s artistry is introspective and personal, while reaching ever outward to the metaphysical.


Joining co-directors Kamolika and Jobanputra are a vocalist and three gifted instrumentalists. Srividhya Sairam is a Carnatic vocalist from Chennai, India, an alumna of the notable Kalakshetra Foundation. Percussionist and mridangist Curtis Andrews learned Carnatic music from legendary Vidwan Sangita Kalanidhi Sri Trichy Sankaran, though his playing is also informed by extensive work in jazz, African, and other musical forms. Sitar player Sharanjeet Singh Mand was the first non-western classical musician to make CBC’s “30 Hot Classical Musicians Under 30”. Satpreet Singh is an accomplished tabla and dilruba player.


Parāśakti: The Flame Within is a soul-elevating, consciousness-expanding celebration of Indian classical music and dance, where storytelling comes alive through artistry from across the north and south of India of some of Canada’s finest performers.



Filmed at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts in February 2021.


Presented in affiliation with the Indian Classical Music Society of Vancouver, the Asta Alliance Association, the Indian Summer Festival, and the Centre for India and South Asia Research within the UBC’s School of Public Policy and Global Affairs. 


Fri Mar 19 2021 7pm

Access to this performance ended on May 31, 2021

Online from Mar 19 - May 31

Tune into the watch party at 7pm PT on Friday Mar 19 to view and interact with other audience members in a live chat, OR watch on demand at any time following the premiere until May 31, 2021.

We've gone digital!

In order to keep our patrons, artists, and staff safe, we’ve temporarily moved Chan Centre-presented performances online for the 2020-21 season.

Have questions about this new format? Visit our FAQ section to read more about how you can access online performances for all of the great artists in our Dot Com Series.