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Artists and writers at Adelaide’s OzAsia Fest 2019 (Oct 17 – Nov 3)

OzAsia Festival program has just been announced with its list of artistes from the Indian scene. The Indian Down Under has already run an interview with musician Nitin Sawhney who is the star attraction at the fest conducted by TIDU’s Anu Jose. ( OzAsia Festival – Australia’s leading contemporary arts festival engaging with Asia: Internationally […]

Vidushi Piu Sarkhel sings from the heart

By Aradhana Bhatt The relatively small audience who braved the polar blasts on the evening of Sunday, August 11, were treated to a rare delight. Sur-Sandhya with renowned singer Vidushi Piu Sarkhel was organised by Swar Ganga Musicals, at Redgum Function Centre, Wentworthville. Swar-Ganga is a music school, established five years ago by Sydney based […]

Rajah, the nation’s pride!

A poem by Saanvi Tara In the residence of the Savannah,lives one, feared by all,with a tangerine colour; shades of red here and there.Your textured skin girdled with black,a wonderful creation by Him, really,with white, sharp teeth inherited from the saber tooth,you stand tall amidst them all. There once was a time wherein you ran […]

Nitin Sawhney’s Beyond Skin in the era of Brexit and Trump

By Anu Jose I last interviewed Nitin Sawhney for this newspaper back in 2001 for his Australian tour of ‘Prophecy’. He struck me as intelligent, thought provoking, with a desire to challenge and involve the listener. A deep thinker and a man who wasn’t afraid to share his opinions on topics others may shy away […]

‘Ten Years to Home’ – a play by Sonal Moore on August 2 and 3

‘Ten Years to Home’, a play written by Sonal Moore and directed by Jules Orcullo, tells the story of why Sonal’s parents first came to Australia and what made them stay. Looked at through the eyes of three generations of women, the play reveals the challenges faced by an Indian family living a long way […]

Arts, Screen and culture to receive $871 million investment by NSW government

Arts, screen and culture are alive and well with the NSW Government delivering an $871 million total investment in the sector, including a 22 per cent increase in recurrent funding for the 2019-20 NSW Budget. Minister for the Arts Don Harwin said following four years of unprecedented investment in cultural endeavours across NSW, the Government […]

Dandenong decorated in vibrant colours by Indian artists

Two local emerging Indian artists, Sohail Yamin and Yoge Biju have added vibrancy to the Indian Cultural Precinct in Foster Street in Dandneong. Six months on two new artists have been engaged to complete further works in the precinct. They are Rashmi Gore  and Natasha Narain . The artists were commissioned by Council as part of its […]

Stories of first nation writers and writers of colour matter

Victoria University academic, Dr Natalie Kon-yu has called for the first statistical research study about whether diversity is adequately supported within the Australian Publishing Industry — particularly as it relates to First Nations writers and writers of colour. Dr Kon-yu plans to work with writers and academics from around the country to create the first […]

They are the kings of curry in Parramatta

By Neena Badhwar The play ‘Curry Kings of Parramatta’ written by Sudha Bhuchar and Shaheen Khan directed by Kristine Landon-Smith at Riverside Theatre in Parramatta on April 18, 19 and 20, is a humorous take on restaurant workers cooped in an Indian commercial kitchen from early hours to late at night, even the chef living […]

Curry Kings of Parramatta – a play you must watch

Curry Kings of Parramatta by Sudha Bhuchar & Shaheen Khan from 18-20th April at Riverside Theatre Parramatta, NSW A humorous play that confronts the issue of migrant population in Western Sydney Curry Kings of Parramatta is a poignant play that deals with South-Asian migration to Australia and the subsequent establishment of a network of Indian-Pakistani restaurants, […]

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