If you are a young adult in Canada, you’ve probably seen or heard of How to Be Indie, a popular children’s show that spotlighted the trials and tribulations of an Indian-Canadian tween. It was also the show where Tamil-Canadian actor Varun Saranga began his career as an actor.
As I reached my fourth year of Graphic Design at OCAD University, it was time to start my thesis. We were given two semesters to work on a project of our choice that highlighted our skills. I wanted to create something that I was passionate about and would enjoy working on for two semesters. An interest in the Marvel and DC superhero universes led me to create a comic book for my thesis project.
Meet Vinoj Suthakaran, a recent University of Toronto graduate in Mechanical Engineering, who firmly believes that there is more to life and more to give, than living a 9-5 routine. Aside from being an Engineer during his day job, Vinoj is also an artist educator. He holds workshops on personal development through creative writing, and is a theatrical/spoken word artist under the stage name, Voice of Silence.
Irudaya Dance Company is our teaching and performing company based in Toronto. We teach various techniques and the importance of Bharathanatyam, while encouraging our students to explore their creativity. Having explored other dance genres like Bollywood, Gaana and Tamil cinema as Inter-University competition choreographers throughout our postsecondary education, we are confident in our ability to teach these genres alongside Bharathanatyam.