Category archives for: Arts

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 […]

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. (http://www.indiandownunder.com.au/2019/07/nitin-sawhneys-beyond-skin-in-the-era-of-brexit-and-trump/) OzAsia Festival – Australia’s leading contemporary arts festival engaging with Asia: www.ozasiafestival.com.au 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 […]

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