Category archives for: Arts

‘Purdah’ brings out the best in acting, music and direction

By Neena Badhwar Mahesh Dattani’s play directed by Saba Zaidi Abdi ‘Where did I leave my purdah’ revealed many talented local actors in their best form that Sydney is slowly producing as time goes by. Finally the Purdah is off with great acting by the actors was on display at the Pacific Christian School in […]

Shivanjani Lal awarded 2019 NSW Visual Arts Emerging Fellowship

Shivanjani Lal, is the recipient of the 2019 NSW Visual Arts Emerging Fellowship courtesy of Artspace and Create NSW. Shivanjani has been awarded the prestigious $30,000 Fellowship for her work presented in this year’s exhibition. Parliamentary Secretary for Energy and the Arts, The Hon. Ben Franklin, MLC, presented the Fellowship at the exhibition’s launch this evening, noting that […]

Krishnaarpanam, simply scintillating from the word go!

By Sumathi Krishnan Krishnaarpanam, presented, directed and choreographed by Aruna Gandhi of Silambam School of Indian Classical Dance to mark the School’s tenth anniversary was one of the best performances I have seen in sometime to come. Engaging, colourful and scintillating from the word go! Opting to get straight into it, after a brief introduction […]

A delightfully hilarious play comes to town

After the successful Shabana Azmi and Javed Akhtar’s theatre play ‘Kaifi Aur Mein’ and  Arif Zakaria and Sonali Kulkarni’s ‘Gardish mein Taare’ in 2018 and ‘A poetic evening with Deepti Naval’ earlier this year SAI Creative Arts Network ( SCREAN ) Australia now proudly presents comedy English drama ‘The Siddhus of Upper Juhu’ in November.  […]

Performance by Zohra – The First All-Female Orchestra of Afghanistan was an absolute magic

By Aradhana Bhatt Zohra is the name of the Persian Goddess of music. Zohra is also the name of Afghanistan’s first all- female orchestra. The orchestra performed to a near full house at the iconic Opera House in Sydney on Monday, 14th October. The debut, landmark Australia tour coincides with 100 years of Afghanistan’s Reclamation […]

Vision 2020-Samskriti unite for a classic fund-raiser

By Neena Badhwar What a beautiful way to tell a story – through dance and music embellished with eyes and facial expressions, hand gestures and sculpture-like composition of fingers, to a rhythm of dancing feet – all portraying varied human emotions – of love and joy, anger and sorrow, fear and frustration, fulfilment and elation! […]

Taufeeq Ahmed Sheikh: ‘Theatre has been very dear to me since my childhood’

By Manju Mittal The Multitalented Taufeeq Ahmed Sheikh is an actor, director and writer, hails from Mumbai now living in Sydney. He recently played strong unique character in the musical drama ‘The Drowsy Chaperone’, a loving send-up of American musical comedy from the 1920’s. Taufeeq is also a Radio correspondent & presenter on 89.3 Kehte […]

‘The Drowsy Chaperone’ – a musical send up littered with wry humour

By Manju Mittal I am here to write about my first experience watching musical theatre play ‘Drowsy Chaperone’, that was staged at Zenith theatre Chatswood, Sydney, indeed left an impression, a sweet impression. It was absolutely delightful to watch the play on Wednesday September 11, 2019. ‘The Drowsy Chaperone’ gave one of the most physically […]

An Evening of inspiring Ghazals and Shayri

Urdu International Australia (UIA) held it’s 7th International Poetry Recital (Mushaira) in Sydney on Sunday August 25, 2019. The event was attended by renowned overseas Urdu poets and a number of local poets. As in the past years, Mushaira was held at the beautiful Civic Theatre, Hurstville Entertainment Centre, Hurstville with 200 plus select audience in presence.  The […]

Brimful of Asha – a play you must see together as mother, daughter and son

By Anu Jose Ravi Jain is coming to Melbourne. The Canadian Indian entertainer who acts, writes, directs and is also artistic director of ‘Why Not Theatre’. The show he is bringing to Melbourne includes his mum and it is their story. ‘Brimful of Asha’ has played to audiences in London, Toronto and the US. It […]

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