Live on CIUT 89.5 FM

Airing Date: September 14, 2022
Hosted By: Nicole Inica Hamilton

Featured Guest(s): Nova Bhattacharya

In this episode, Nova Bhattacharya opens up about how Svāhā! the epic pageant of dance, chant, and ritual, brings differences together. The discussion explores Bhattacharya’s thoughts on how dance, recitation, pulsating rhythms, and intense emotions are performed in the work with passion and precision to create a collage of moving images, offering metaphors for collaboration and care.


About Nova Bhattacharya:

A groundbreaking and award-winning dancer, choreographer and cultural leader, Nova crafts vivid images that invite the viewer on a journey of heart and mind. Her creative inspiration is found in her Bengali culture, Bharatnatyam practice, Scarborough rock’n’roll roots, painting, photography, literature, film, nature, rituals and the unending cycles of life and death.  Her critically acclaimed works have toured Canada, Germany, India, Japan, the United Kingdom and Uganda.  Her choreography has been commissioned by several dance and theatre companies and she is the recipient of multiple awards and nominations for artistic achievement and contributions to community, including the 2012 Victor Martyn Lynch-Staunton Award for Outstanding Artistic Achievement.

Nova believes that dance expresses the essence of our humanity and has tremendous transformative power to bring us together. | Instagram: @novadanceca