Welcome to Upasana
Upasana the Spirit of Dance was founded by Saveeta Sharma in 1995 and is dedicated to the preservation, promotion and education of Indian culture through the ongoing development of Kathak, Odissi and Saveeta's own proprietary new, creative and innovative style of contemporary dance.
Based in Ottawa, Canada, Upasana maintains the Upasana School of Dance and the Saveeta Sharma Dance Company. Upasana's mission is to produce exemplary traditional, innovative, and collaborative works of classical Kathak and Odissi in order to increase public awareness by bringing together Indian dancers, choreographers and dance gurus. The intent is to maintain the highest level of excellence of dance, to train future generations of dancers, and build local, national and international community support for classical and contemporary Indian dance.
Upasana also presents an annual dance festival, DANs/cE KAPITAL and the Ottawa Flamenco Festival as well as a two-part dance series. For its School of Dance in Ottawa and Toronto, Upasana also presents its annual student production, LAYA ANGIKA, and, as part of its community outreach program, its annual STARS OF TOMORROW program.
Upasana has provided a leadership role as a presenter of new works to create a new synergy and net-working capability for performers. This synergy is developed further by ongoing master classes out of which a cross-fertilization process aids in the development of new choreographic works.
Upasana's journey of development, public education and ongoing choreographic discoveries has been marked by an analysis of past traditions in Indian classical dance and their applications to new and innovative choreographies.
Upasana's mandate, as stated in its Letters Patent of Incorporation, is to increase the public's awareness of the arts by:
> Creation, production, presentation of Indian classical and contemporary dance.
> Research and development of new works.
> Audience development and community outreach programs.
> Seminars, master classes and workshops for Indian classical and contemporary dance.
> Networking and collaboration.
> Presentation of an annual dance festival, DANs/cE KAPITAL - Revolutions in Movement.
> Annual dance series of new and original works.