SAWITRI Theatre in collaboration with Sharjanu? is delighted to present
Conversations & Connections
Building relationships between and amongst diverse Mississauga artists across various artistic disciplines online!
Monday 30th November 2020 – 7 pm – Srin Sridharan
Monday 7th December 2020 – 7 pm – Siddhant (Sid) Sawant
Monday 14th December 2020 – 7 pm – Hana Shafi
Monday 21st December 2020 – 7 pm – Tifa Wine
Monday 28th December 2020 – 7 pm – Sharada Eswar
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Srinidhi’s grew up in a family with a passion for Carnatic music, leading him to train as a vocalist from a young age. He began learning music from Dr. Alakananda Nath (Toronto), before training with Smt. Raji Gopalakrishnan (Chennai) for the past 10+ years. Concurrently, he studied layam (rhythm) and kanjira under the guidance of Shri Thanjavur S. Ganapathy. Srinidhi has won prizes in the Cleveland Thyagaraja Festival, and has given kutcheris extensively across North American and in the Chennai December music season for a number of years now. Srinidhi is the Managing Partner of a Toronto-based impact investment firm, and has degrees in mathematics and business administration.
Siddhant (Sid) Sawant
Siddhant (Sid) Sawant
Film to photography, screen to stage, lens to literary. Sid Sawant is a Toronto and Mississauga based artist whose aspirations have led to both sides of production. After graduating with Honours from Cawthra Park’s Regional Arts Program for Drama, followed by Humber College’s Acting For Film and Television Program, Sid continued to keep a balance with all sides of production. His Producing credits include Massive Monster Mayhem (Nickelodeon – 2018) and, The Expanse (FX – 2018). As an Actor his films include three award-winning films; two features titled Street Soldiers (2016) and Dowry (2015) and a short titled SUN (2015). Stage credits include Mahesh Dattani’s Where There’s a Will (2018), Dance Like A Man (2014) & Seven Steps Around The Fire (2013). Sid Sawant’s passion for the arts stems from his family and he is grateful for their continued support. JKF
Hana Shafi (Frizz Kid)
Hana Shafi is a writer and artist who illustrates under the name Frizz Kid. Both her visual art and writing frequently explore themes such as feminism, body politics, racism, and pop culture. She’s published articles in publications such as The Walrus, Hazlitt and This Magazine, and has been featured on Buzzfeed, CBC, Flare Magazine, New York Times, and Shameless. Known on Instagram for her weekly affirmation series, she is also the recipient of the Women Who Inspire Award, from the Canadian Council for Muslim Women. Her first book, ‘It Begins With The Body’ was selected by CBC books as one of the best poetry books of 2018. Her second book, ‘Small, Broke, and Kind of Dirty’ is in stores now.
Geetika Dance Company
Playwright, storyteller, singer and arts educator, Sharada Eswar’s work spans across multi disciplines and art forms. A graduate in Literature Studies, she trained to be a writer and a storyteller. Simultaneously she also immersed herself in Carnatic Music (south Indian classical music) in Chennai, India. She also took to many other styles including Hindustani Classical (Patiala Gharana) Rabindra Sangeet, Abhang and European. While maintaining her Veena studies, her interest shifted to the voice and storytelling. She was part of the team representing India at the India Abroad show in Paris and New York. She was also one of the three chosen by the Centres Culturels des Lions Clubs de Paris to present Indian culture in Normandy, France. Since then, she has been performing and teaching in Toronto and internationally, drawing on her own South Asian ancestry and heritage. A published children’s author, Sharada has until recently been OAC’s Cultural Animator In Mississauga/Peel Region.
Upcoming: The Mahabharata (Whynot Theatre & Shaw Festival: Spring 2022); Butter Chicken (2021); The Lonely Wife (2021)
An arts collective…of sorts.
Sharada Eswar – Anu Radha Verma – Jasmine Sawant
Their project Conversations & Connections aims to build relationships between and amongst diverse Mississauga artists across various artistic disciplines and across Mississauga – Malton, Meadowvale, City centre, Port Credit & East Mississauga
. Presentation of artists’ work to new audiences
. Established artists connect with emerging and mid-career artists
. Sharing knowledge and exploring collaborations
. Engaging with diverse underrepresented audiences
. Building capacity of artists across disciplines