A groundbreaking and award-winning dancer, choreographer and cultural leader, Nova crafts vivid images that invite the viewer on a journey of heart and mind. Her creative inspiration is found in her Bengali culture, Bharatnatyam practice, Scarborough rock’n’roll roots, painting, photography, literature, film, nature, rituals and the unending cycles of life and death. Her critically-acclaimed works have toured Canada, Germany, India, Japan, and more. Her choreography has been commissioned by several dance and theatre companies and she is the recipient of multiple awards and nominations for artistic achievement and contributions, including the 2012 Victor Martyn Lynch-Staunton Award for Outstanding Artistic Achievement. Photo by Dahlia Katz.