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WHAT’S ON IN FEBRUARY

PICTURED: Hindustani classical vocalist Ramneek Singh will perform at the Basant Panchami celebration on February 10.  Photo by:  NARI AVALWALLA

PICTURED: Hindustani classical vocalist Ramneek Singh will perform at the Basant Panchami celebration on February 10.

Photo by: NARI AVALWALLA

Feb. 2 - March 23: The Art Museum at the University of Toronto presents Vision Exchange : Perspectives from India to Canada at the University of Toronto Art Centre. Vision Exchange presents the work for 20 internationally recognized artists based in India and Canada. Highlights include: The Cartographer’s Mistake by Sarindar Dhaliwal, where the artist renders a map of the Indian subcontinent using marigolds to indicate the lines of Partition. Dhaliwal’s use of marigolds to depict the borders and territories of her native land lends a curative gesture to the otherwise destructive consequences of this history. Points of Departure by Bharti Kher is a framed series where the artist uses bindis, paper and maps, each of which date to around the time of Partition, 1947. As a special project in tandem with Vision Exchange, the Art Museum will present a one-night installation of Divya Mehra’s inflatable sculpture of the Taj Mahal, on view throughout The Night of Ideas, February 2, 7 pm-2 am in Hart House. More info at artmuseum.utoronto.ca/exhibition/vision-exchange-perspectives-from-india-to-canada/.

Feb. 10: Basant Panchami celebration. A Soulful Journey from Classical to Folk with Ramneek Singh, Hindustani classical vocalist from the Indore Gharana. A purist from the Ustad Amir Khan’s gharana, she has performed all over India, North America and Europe. She has many CDs to her credit and has sung in Deepa Mehta’s movie, Midnight’s Children. Accompanied by Gurinder Singh (tabla) and Adnan Haqqee (harmonium). 2 to 4 pm, at  Mrs and Mr. Sewak Singh’s residence, 34 Matterdale Avenue, Brampton, ON  L6Y 4H9 (near Steeles + McLaughlin). 905-454-3801. Tickets per person, at the door, $25. E-Transfer to HSinghMusic@GMail.com password: basant. Tea and snacks will be served.

Until March 23:  P. Mansaram: The Medium is the Medium is the Medium. Curated by Indu Vashist and Toleen Touq and co-presented with SAVAC at Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, 7 Hart House Circle. More info at artmuseum.utoronto.ca/exhibition/p-mansaram-the-medium-is-the-medium-is-the-medium.

Feb. 22-24: The 17th Annual Winterfolk Blues & Roots Festival, an all-ages, mid-winter, weatherproof event, with the best of urban, blues, rock, jazz, country, folk and roots music, emulating a multi-stage rural summer festival. More than 150 artistes will be performing at three ven-ues and four stages on the Danforth, Toronto, over the three-day weekend. This year’s festival includes the special event showcase For King and Country, written and composed by Toronto guitarist Tony Quarrington. It’s a masterful resurrection of the presiding soldier culture that enveloped Canadian life a century ago, reaching its climax with The Great War of 1914-1917. More info and updates at www.winterfolk.com.

Feb. 23:  10th Annual South Asian Showdown, one of the biggest Bolly-wood/Fusion competitions in North America. 6 pm at John Han-cock Hall in Boston. For more info or tickets, call 617-448-2508.

Mar. 14-16: DanceWorks Main-stage Series Event. Jaberi Dance Theatre presents No Women’s Land at Harbourfront Centre Theatre. Choreographed by Roshanak Jaberi, No Woman’s Land is a multi-disciplinary performance piece that explores the real stories of women in refugee camps. It’s a three-year project featuring seven performers with composition and sound design by Thomas Ryder Payne and scenography by Trevor Schwellnus. More info and tickets at 416-204-1082.

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