Sujit Vaidya premieres
Scotia Bank Dance Centre, 7.30pm
May 16, 2015 Vancouver

April 15, 2015

Sujit Vaidya premieres SWAPNA-MAYA, a Bharatanatyam production inspired by Edgar Allen Poe’s poem "Dream within a Dream" and questions the true nature of Reality. Using film, AV imagery and spoken word, the production will feature four choreographies in Bharatanatyam that question the very nature of existence. He will be accompanied by a four piece musical ensemble, featuring a team of musicians from Canada and the US - Puneet Panda, Taniya Panda, Curtis Andrews and Mukund Shankar. 

The production has been made possible by a project grant from the BC Arts Council.

Date: May 16, 2015
Time: 7:30pm
Venue: At the Scotia Bank Dance Centre, 677 Davie Street, Vancouver (

Tickets: $15 Reg; $12 Students and Seniors or email


About the artists:
SUJIT VAIDYA is a Bharatanatyam artiste from Vancouver, who currently trains in Chennai, India.  Sujit is a recipient of the Vancouver city Mayor’s award and has been part of many a solo, group and duet productions. He has presented work in Canada, US, Europe and India.

PRIYA RAJARATNAM: A classically trained, theatre actress, Priya Rajaratnam has been taking the Film and TV industry by storm in the last year and a half with roles in Supernatural, Mistresses and the upcoming Disney feature, Tomorrowland to name a few. Priya will give voice to Swapna-Maya, drawing from her years of extensive work with classical texts like Shakespeare, Moliere, etc.

CURTIS ANDREWS: Vancouver percussionist Curtis Andrews will be accompanying Sujit on the mridangam. Curtis is a composer/percussionist/teacher with global persuasions. His mridangam training has been with maestro Trichy Sankaran in South India.

PUNEET PANDA is a talented dancer and has trained in Bharatanatyam with stalwarts like the Dhananjayans. He will accompany Sujit on the cymbals, as the orchestra conductor.

TANIYA PANDA is an accomplished dancer and musician in her own right. She has studied music with Padmavathy Ananthagopalan, and is the featured vocalist in Swapna-Maya.

MUKUND SHANKAR is a young, talented musician from Edmonton, and will accompany Sujit on the violin.

HARRY GRUNSKY: The show also features Vancouver artist Harry Grunsky’s intricate 7’ hand cut card stock panels. To see some of Harry’s incredible work, please visit