Benny Dayal

Benny Dayal hails from the state of Kerala. He was born in the city of Kollam, Kerala, India and raised in Abu Dhabi, UAE and completed his schooling there from Abu Dhabi Indian School (ADIS). He went on to complete his B.Com and Masters in Journalism from Madras Christian College. He came to fame after Bollywoods biggest musician, academy award winner A.R Rahman choose him to sing for him. Since 2007 to now, Benny has been playback singer for over 80 films along with his regular appearance in coke Studio MTV India. Singing in many regional languages, Benny Dayal enjoys a wide range of musical ability and is considered one of the best live performers.

Benny is pleased to perform at TD Mosaic Festival as his first performance in Mississauga and hopes to Thrill the audience with his high energy performance.

Karsh Kale

The British-born, New York City-raised producer and multi-instrumentalist Karsh Kale spent the last two decades zigzagging the world, headlining major festivals and spinning records at the White House for Barack Obama. An Indian American musician, producer and composer, Karsh is considered one of the pioneering figures in defining the Asian Underground genre by mixing disparate genres of music such as Indian classical and folk with electronica, rock, pop and ambient music. In addition to production, remixing, and DJ work, Kale is known for his tabla drumming and film composition. Kale became the first Indo-American to be signed to a solo recording contract in the United States, a move which was followed by Kale's first full-length album, Realize, in 2001. While a Music Production and Performance student at New York University, Kale began playing in bands and working as a session musician.

Breathing Under Water, released in 2007, was the result of a two-year collaboration with sitar instrumentalist Anoushka Shankar. Songwriting at its highest, Kale's quick fingers on tablas, vocals and flutes flying in and fading out, Mendonsa and Kale trading watery guitar riffs he was featured alongside legends Zakir Hussain and Ustad Sultan Khan in Bill Laswell's Tabla Beat Science. A decade later he's playing a tribute concert for Khan in Mumbai with Hussain and composer Salim Merchant. In 2011 he opened at the Hollywood Bowl for Bollywood's biggest composer, AR Rahman.

That same year he joined Alicia Keys, the Black Keys, Norah Jones, and Gary Clark, Jr. at a tribute concert for George Harrison in New York City. Kale's remix of John Lennon & Yoko Ono's 'Give Peace a Chance' climbed into Billboard's Top 10 Dance charts. Collaborations with Chinese sensation Sa Dingding, American Imogen Heap and Anoushka Shankar have made him a go-to producer and player.

His music is cinematic and visual as one instrument blends into another as incremental transformational. For TD Mosaic 2016 presented by Turkish airlines, Karsh invites his crew from Coke Studio MTV India and pairs with the busiest playback singer of India Benny Dayal. Describing his experience with Benny Dayal's version of a traditional Carnatik melody honoring India's lord of destruction, "I sat at a piano and began playing a progression," Kale says. Dayal immediately began singing. "The next day I stepped into the studio with Warren Mandosa and a few other musicians. By day's end we had arranged the track on the album and performed it the very next day."

'Thin Line of Blue' reminds one of the wonderful Karsh Kale Collective that he put together for the Coke Studios sessions. This is the energy that Karsh brings to the stage of TD Mosaic festival this year. For female vocalist support Benny is joined by Apeksha Dandekar, another Coke Studio alumni produced by Karsh Kale.

Kirsh hope to captivate the audience of Mississauga with his impressive signature fusion adding in the medley of popular Bollywood songs interjected with Benny Dayal's impressive range of Tamil, Malayalam and Hindi songs to appeal to a wide range of audience that attends Mosaic festival each year. Also on the roster is a talented Canadian American musician Max ZT on his unique.

"Karsh Kale has established himself as a spokesman for a generation of music that incorporates electronica, dance grooves and classical Indian sound" - SF Chronicle

"Karsh has now become the grand orchestrator of everything from blues-rock guitars, Indian classical instrumentals and vocals, electronica and soulful keyboard patterns, and needless to say, percussion" - Eclectic

"A visionary composer and producer" - Billboard Magazine

"High Priests of Electro" - Rolling Stone India

"Reinventing Tabla Culture" - Drum Magazine

"Suave, modern and unmistakably India" - New York Times

"Musical Enlightenment" - L.A Weekly

"One of the most sought after asian musicians on the planet" - Japan Times

"With Breathing Under Water, two of India's most talented artists have created a twenty-first century masterpiece" - Conscious Choice

"Whizzing through the global music scene" - RAVE Magazine

"Excellence" - Verve Magazine

"Music that has no borders" - Global Rhythm

"Bridging Time and space in a single sound" - Rhythm Magazine

"5 and a 1/2 stars out of 5" - Toronto Star

"A tabla scientist that is one part Zakir and one part John Bonham" - Modern Drummer

"Timeless and Astonishing" - Ink Blot Magazine

"Like the center of a tornado" - First City Magazine

"Intricate and Otherworldly" - BPM Magazine

"Highly Original Style" - VH-1

"Music the demands foreground attention" - LA New Times

"It is impossible to sum up Karsh Kale's brilliance in a line" - OK Magazine

"Mastery of both electronics and musicianship" - India Currents

"A pioneer with an over active imagination" - Jalouse

"Sonically Sumptuous" - Washington Post

"Ballsy and brave" - Ink Blot Magazine

"An impeccable balance of production and live instrumentation" - NAPRA

"Ethereal melodies and constantly evolving Rhythms" - San Francisco Guardian

"The next step beyond the Asian Underground" - CMJ New Music Report

Dorjee Tsering

Dorjee Tsering, a Tibetan in exile, was born in India. After leaving high school, Dorjee joined the Tibetan Institute for Performing Arts (TIPA) in Dharamsala, India, where he mastered several traditional instruments including the dranyen, piwang, flute, and the yang-qin. He also learned Tibetan opera, and several styles of singing and dance.

After graduating from TIPA, Dorjee became a teacher there, while further pursuing his career by performing throughout India. In more recent years Dorjee has performed at several music festivals in Europe and across Canada. Throughout 2013 and 2014, he delighted North American fans by performing his well-known "One Hour in Tibet" stage performance, in which he invites the audience to feel and experience the beauty of Tibetan culture. In 2015, the Nang CD was released; Dorjee's first full blown East/West collaboration, featuring some of the finest musicians in Canada. His new band played a sold out CD release concert at the Small World Music Centre in May of 2015. Dorjee is performing with a group of eminent musicians from Toronto.

Jasmine Sandlas

Jasmine Sandlas, is a brilliant young songwriter, singer and performer from California, USA. Jasmine made her Bollywood debut in 2014 with the hit song 'Yaar Na Miley' featured in the movie 'Kick'. Before her Bollywood debut, she has released two albums (The Diamond in 2008, Gulabi in 2012) and several singles. She was also featured on the MTV Studio and Spoken Word platforms.

Jasmine recently finished shooting for the upcoming TV series on women empowerment called 'Angels of Rock', by MTV. Jasmine has collaborative productions with well respected singers like Yo Yo Honey Singh, Badshah, Bohemia, Dr. Zeus, Gippy Grewal and Meet Bros. Recently, Jasmine has produced two hits 'Ishq Da Sutta' and 'Raat Jashan Di" for the movies 'One Night Stand' and 'Zorawar' respectively. She has also recorded with legendary singers like Mika Singh and Jasbir Jassi. She is now based out of Mumbai, India and all set to scoop many Bollywood songs, collaborations and her own singles this year.

Mosaic Festival is her first major festival in Canada and she is very excited to perform as Friday night headliner. She has a special delight in store for the diverse communities that come to attend TD Mosaic Festival.

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Apeksha Dandekar

Apeksha Dandekar, has performed on season 2 of mtv coke studio with Karsh kale and has sang for Hindi, Tamil and Marathi films. Her most recent releases are the songs beparwah with meet bros and Anjjan from the movie baby and Party karni hai with Salim sulaiman from the movie Wedding Pullav. She has also featured on various indi-pop albums and music videos with the song chal hatt with viceversa being her latest release. She was recently a jury member on the reality singing contest Zee Sa re ga ma pa!

House of Waters

As our collective world becomes smaller and smaller, cultural boundaries are being re-defined with often disparate elements thriving in the resulting melting pot. Hip-hop from China, jazz from India, and now - from the streets of Brooklyn, New York - House of Waters adds their unique blend of world, jazz, folk, and classical music into the cultural brew with a sound that personifies 21st century musical flavors. House of Waters brings global passion and virtuosic musical chops to the delight of fans of pop, alternative and contemporary music styles. The result is simply mesmerizing.

Lauded as the "Jimi Hendrix of Hammered Dulcimer" by NPR, Max ZT is an innovator of the instrument. Taking his roots from Irish folk music, Max has transplanted his compositional techniques to both Senegal, where he studied the Mandinko technique with the Cissokogriot family, and to India, where he received a grant to study under the santoor master PanditShivkumar Sharma. His fresh perspective and bold experimentalism have been the backbone to beautiful, complex, and genuine compositions, while his unorthodox playing style has been a pioneering force in revolutionizing dulcimer techniques.

Moto Fukushima has been playing music for as long as he can remember. Accompanying such greats as Joe Lovano, Mike Stern, and Dave Weckl, he has redefined the role of the bass. With a strong background in jazz improvisation, Western classical music and the African inspired musics of South America, Moto's playing is an amazing combination of finesse, subtlety, and power.

Together they partner with a variety of different percussionists, and have shared the stage with some of the most influential musical leaders of the century including: Pandit Ravi Shankar, Victor Wooten, Tinariwen, Jimmy Cliff, Karsh Kale, and more. They are, as TimeoutNY states, "A sight to behold."

Sureelay Qawali Group

Toronto based Sufi Artist, Imran Khan has been singing since the age of 5. Imran Khan's work is inspired by the qawallis of legendry NusratFathe Ali Khan and Sabri Brothers. He selects the poetic works of Baba Bulleshah, Amir Khusrao and other sufis who have lent the soul to the rich tradition of Qawalli singing. Imran's style in Qawalli is refreshing and exploratory. He is unique artsts in Canada as he sings pure Kashmiri Qawalli composing the poetry of great Kashmiri sufi Imran is accompanied by a group of Qawalli aficionados from Mississauga based Sur Sangam group led by JunaidZubairi.

Shiamak Davar International

Artistic Director of India's premier dance institute, Shiamak Davar embarked on a journey twenty years back to spread the joy of dance. ShiamakDavar International (SDI), through its motto 'Have Feet, Will Dance', reaffirms his belief that anybody can dance.

Shiamak has nurtured SDI into becoming one of the largest dance schools in the world, reaching out to over 70,000 dance enthusiasts annually across India, Canada, Australia, the United Kingdom, the United Arab Emirates and the United States. Within Canada, he has locations both in Vancouver and Toronto, with eight locations across the GTA itself. Healing through the performing arts, his classes are open to all age groups, four to eighty four years; without any discrimination.

Choreographer for memorable films like Dil To PagalHai, Taal, Kisna, BuntyAurBabli, Dhoom 2, I See You, TaareZameen Par, Yuvvraaj, Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi and events like IIFA, Filmfare, TOIFA, Zee Cine and Star Parivaar awards, Shiamak has given bollywood and the world a fusion of style that has people screaming for more. Currently with the best as well as the biggest Bollywood contemporary dance school in Canada, ShiamakDavar personally designs the program for Mosaic Festival, bringing novel performances and ideas to enthrall the audience.

As a long standing tradition of the Mosaic festival, the SHIAMAK Toronto Dance Team ends the festivities on a high note year after year. They will be performing on Saturday, August 13th at the Main Stage for their 11th year in row.

Roosara Dance

Roosara Dance was founded by Nilantha Karunarathna in 2009 and is dedicated to the preservation, promotion and education of Sri Lankan culture through the ongoing development of Sri Lankan Traditional dance, Indian Classical dance and creative and innovative style of contemporary dance. Roosara Dance provides an excellent opportunity for many Sri Lankan students to learn exemplary traditional, innovative dance from Nilantha Karunarathne, the Artistic Director/ Choreographer of Roosara Dance. Roosara Dance 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 Sri Lankan dance.

Kandiyan Dance takes its name from Kandy, the last royal capital of Sri Lanka. This genre is considered the classical dance of Sri Lanka. In Sanskrit terminology, it is considered pure dance (nrtta); it features a highly developed system of "tala" (rhythm).

Tea Dance is inspired by theTea cultivation and the process involved in preparingtea leaves. Dances display the stages of tea planting, tea plucking, drying and selecting of tea leaves. Today we all enjoy a cup of tea made with these tea leaves imported from Sri Lanka.

Chamara Dance is a unique folk dance, CHAMARA is a manual Fan for used by the ancient Kings. Dances are performed to the melody of a Prashasthi- a traditional song of praise which became popular in the Kandyan era of King Narendrasinghe. These songs of praise were sung for the Royalty.

Harvesting Dance is a traditional folk dance performed by village girls celebrating a rich harvest, that portrays sequences from harvesting and reaping to winnowing of the grain. This is a cheerful dance providing ample opportunities for displaying feminine grace and beauty.

S.W Storm

S.W Storm, the musical mind and voice was born in London, England of trinidadian parentage. Storm is well respected as one of the most versatile artistes in the Caribbean.

Since making his debut in 1996 he has thrilled and captivated audiences world wide. Today SW Storm is seen as one of Trinidad & Tobago's premiere cultural ambassadors.

He built new dimensions in Soca tradition and called the new sub genre..."Pop Soca". Churning out soca and crossover hits, SW Storm officially branched out into the Chutney Soca market with his 2010 hit release "De Hammer" produced by Big Rich D Pungalunks. This track immediately signalled his intent on changing the game in yet another genre of music.

"De Hammer" gave SW Storm a whole new diaspora to explore. Storm was also nominated at the 2010 Soca music awards in Trinidad for Best Groovy Soca& Best Soca Video with his hit song "Carnival" and won the award for Best Soca Video. Later hits "By De Bar" & "Mrs. Walkerand" release of the chart topping "Pop D Trunk" confirming Storm's desire to raise the bar in indo music and give the industry a mainstream appeal.

His own band "SW Storm & The Raw" were a popular group to play all major music festivals around the world.

2015 saw the release of chutney soca hit track "Gone with meh Friend". Carnival 2016 sees the release of another hit groovy soca track entitled "Forever Young".

His career releases have included hits such as "Nice", "Sweet", "Only You", "Show Dem", "Roti & Rum", "Wildness", "Bombay Girl", "One More", "Sailing", "Carnival", "De Hammer", "By De Bar", "Mrs. walker", "YuhMudda Can","She Cousin" , "Polish it" ,"Tipsy", "Head Bad Again", "Hardest Wine".

Get ready for the power packed performance by S.W Storm at the Mosaic Stage along with his beautiful Carnival Dancers.

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Media Release

TD Mosaic Festival presented by Turkish Airlines celebrates its 11th year as a musical extravaganza with international focus on Music and Dance.

Festival running 12-13 of August,2016 brings A list Bollywood and MTV India artists to the Celebration Square in Mississauga. more

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