Aug 29, 2012
By Scott Walker
Toronto’s Menaka Thakkar is the 2012 winner of the Canada Council Walter Carsen Prize for Excellence in the Performing Arts.
Thakkar is the artistic director and the principal choreographer and performer of the Menaka Thakkar Dance Company. She has been bringing classical Indian dance to Canadians for 40 years and has trained several generations of professional dancers who now enjoy thriving careers of their own.
Robert Sirman is the Director and CEO of the Canada Council. He says, “Menaka Thakkar is a major figure in the Canadian dance landscape. Her work has truly enriched our collective culture.”
The Walter Carsen Prize is valued this year at $ 30,000. It was created through a donation of $1,100,000 to the Canada Council by Toronto businessman and philanthropist Walter Carsen. The prize is normally awarded annually on a four-year cycle of dance, theatre, dance again, then music.
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