Horizon Series-Emerging Artists Performance Series

Launched in the fall of 2012, the Horizon Series is a double-bill performance series dedicated to showcasing talented emerging artists trained in various classical South Asian art forms. Each performance takes place at Sampradaya Theatre, giving these emerging artists the chance to perform in a professional venue with an audience of up to 100 people.

This performance series features new artists for each scheduled event. To date, there have been over 10 performances in the series showcasing twice as many emerging artists.

If you are an emerging artist and would like to be considered as a featured performer, please reach out to us at [email protected]

Kalangan Series: World of South Asian Arts

A regular series of interactive and informative presentations by leading South Asian dance and music artists, the Kalangan series features artists invited to perform at Sampradaya Theatre in an effort to connect professional artists from around the world to local audiences. The series is our platform to engage the larger community with the arts and develop an appreciation for classical Indian dance and music.

Community Enagagement

A multi-disciplinary two-year project that involves artists and survivors of sexual violence to engage with South Asian communities to prevent sexual harassment, Dispelling Darkness is supported through the Creative Engagement Fund by the Ministry of the Status of Women and administered by the Ontario Arts Council. The fund supports partnerships between arts organizations, artists and sexual violence prevention advocates as they create projects that inspire dialogue on consent, rape culture and gender equality to help raise awareness, prevent sexual violence and harassment and promote healing.

The concept behind Dispelling Darkness is to pair artists and survivors in South Asian communities. Participants will engage in meaningful movement and dialogue about eliminating sexual violence and harassment in homes, workplaces and their community through story-telling, puppetry and dance/movement. Our project takes place in Brampton, Mississauga, Etobicoke and Malton.

Sampradaya has partnered and continues to work with a team of community collaborators including Sawitri Theatre, Sharada Eswar, The Starfish Collective and the Punjabi Community Health Services (PCHS).


Artist Development


National Dance Symposium

For our 25th Anniversary, SDC held a three-day dance symposium and festival. This landmark project focused on the emergence of new and unique ways of imagining the future of new generation artists working in South Asian dance across Canada towards self-directed careers

The symposium and festival included panel discussions, workshops and film screenings along with performances by emerging, mid-career and established artists.



ChoreoIntense took place from October 1-19,2012 at the Sampradaya Dance Centre. Three participants worked one-on-one with three monitors to develop their choreographic technique and style for two weeks, with the third week of independent exploration to create a solo dance work that was showcased at Sampradaya Theatre on Oct 19, 2012. The three participants were Scheherazaad Cooper from Vancouver, BC; Sonia St-Michel from Gatineau, PQ and Archana Ballal from London, England. The dance monitors were Nova Bhattacharya and Brandy Leary from Toronto and Christopher Bannerman from UK. ChoreoIntense was a collaboration with Sampad, England.


Leaders of Tomorrow

Created and developed in 2010, with the guidance of Piali Ray of Sampad, UK, the initiative included a range of cultural leadership projects for South Asian arts in Ontario. Held over several sessions from June to September 2010, the Leaders of Tomorrow project included participation by 10 South Asian artists and arts administrators through workshops and seminars; facilitating mentorships between senior artists and emerging artists from disciplines such as theatre, dance, film and visual art as well as understanding career placement for artists in the industry.



DanceIntense Toronto was a three-year project funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation, in partnership with Sampad, England and York University. This two-week project held over three summers from 2009 to 2011 was an unprecedented and innovative initiative designed to introduce, develop and sustain a unique choreo-residency to benefit emerging and mid-career professionals in South Asian dance.

The goal of the project was to support the development of these South Asian dance artists towards self-directed careers as they chartered their space through the mainstream dance –milieu. Each year, the program invited notable master teachers from around the world to share their knowledge and passion in an intensive schedule of classes, workshops and lectures.