Category archives for: Arts

Priya Murali : A danseuse with expressions of pure joy

  By Sudha Kumar Sydney siders have witnessed their fair share of Bharatanatyam Arangetrams (solo classical dance debuts) in recent years. But once in a way there comes along a danseuse who performs not just for an audience and not just for a show. Priya’s was one such. Priya Murali of Samskriti School of Dance […]

A tale of love and its struggle told by Javed and Shabana

By Neena Badhwar Shabana Azmi and Javed Akhtar came and won Sydneysiders by acting the love story, struggle of talented writer, actor couple of Bollywood – Kaifi and Shaukat Azmi. They happen to be Shabana’s parents and the play ‘Kaifi and Me’ titled ‘Kaifi Aur Main’ is based on book written by Shaukat in memory […]

Anoushka Shankar breaks barriers with her music

By Neeru Saluja With a strong belief that music has the power to speak to the soul, the sitar queen Anoushka Shankar, daughter of great virtuoso Ravi Shankar,  proved her belief by connecting to us with her deeply expressive music. At a houseful concert at Sydney Opera House attended by classical music lovers, the global […]

Sydney relishes an insightful afternoon with Shabana and Javed Akhtar

By Neeru Saluja When the best of poetry, literature and acting is integrated with melodious music, every art lover is in for a treat. As the stars of ‘Kaifi and Main’ Javed Akhtar, Shabana Azmi, Jaswinder Singh and Ramesh Talwar came together for the press conference ahead of the show, the media enjoyed a stimulating […]

Anoushka Shankar: Music has the power to speak to the soul

  Pic Credit: Laura Lewis Photography, UK. By Neeru Saluja Sitar queen Anoushka Shankar is all set to perform in Australia live on stage at WOMADelaide. Last in Australia in 2010 with her father, the six time Grammy nominee is set to perform her spellbinding album ‘Land of Gold’ on 11 March at the Sydney […]

“Kaifi aur Main” and the talented Ghazal Maestro Jaswinder Singh

By Manju Mittal An extremely talented young Ghazal and Sufi singer Jaswinder Singh has established himself as a versatile performer through a varied range of ghazals and sufi songs. He has been awarded “The young Ghazal Maestro” by Indian Music Academy. The title was presented by Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia in the presence of the former […]

Sydney goes Sufi with Avijit, Rucha, Rachna, Sadiq and Farhan

By Aradhana Bhatt SNSR’s latest production ‘The Sufi Lounge’ staged for a full house on Saturday, 18th November, demonstrated how the music scene of Sydney has come a long way, not only in terms of presentation but also in terms of how receptive our audience has grown to be. Any performance is a two-way bridge […]

“Add colour to your life,” says Mittu Gopalan, her art speaks of her passion.

By Neeru Saluja What happens when a lawyer puts down her legal files and picks up the paint brush? It’s colours, colours and colours everywhere! Mittu Gopalan, Principal at Freedman and Gopalan Solicitors and a leading law expert since 20 years is known for her empathetic nature while solving the problems of her clients. And […]

Three plays with message so contemporary

Uzma Gillani plays the role of ageing Jehan Ara By Neena Badhwar Nautanki Theatre’s ambitious initiative that started last year celebrated its 2nd South Asian Theatre Festival on 9th and 10th of November at Riverside’s Raffertys Theatre in Parramatta. ‘A Celebration in Language’ – the festival staged three plays from the Indian subcontinent. They were: a […]

“I love making people laugh,” Rakesh Bedi, now on the way to Australia

By Manju Mittal Rakesh Bedi is a respected Indian actor. Rakesh, who hails from Delhi, has been entertaining audiences through films, television and theatre for the past 35 years. He is also known for his powerful comic performance in films such as the famous ‘Chashme Baddoor’, ‘Ek duje ke liye’, ‘Shrimaan Shrimati’, ‘Yeh jo hai […]

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