Category archives for: Arts

‘Foreign Star of Bengal’ – an excellent locally produced play

By Manju Mittal A musical romance drama ‘Foreign Star of Bengal’ was held at Bryan Brown Theatre, Bankstown on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th  February 2019. The play written by Arvind Baswan, who stole the show not only as producer but as an actor as well.   Other actors did equally well in this touching tale. […]

Parramasala unveils its bumper program: March 15-17, 2019

Parramatta is set to be transformed into a rich playground of cultural wonder when Parramasala returns with a bumper program featuring pumping live music, workshops for the whole family, incredible dance, delicious world delicacies and the iconic opening street parade. Running from Friday 15 – Sunday 17 March, the 2019 program features the very best in international and […]

Daksha Sheth presents ‘Kwongkan – Sand’ at Perth International Art festival

By Sudha Kumar Perth International Art Festival has Ochre Contemporary Dance Company, Perth, and Daksha Sheth Dance Company, India, together bring to us ‘Kwongkan’. Ochre Contemporary Dance Company is regarded as one of Australia’s leading physical theatre companies. Daksha Sheth Dance Company is one of India’s leading dance companies, having toured internationally for 25 years. ‘Kwongkan’ journeys […]

Sydney’s Balzinder Balz is a self taught art photographer

By Manju Mittal Balzinder Balz, a photographer, poet and script writer, has a creative mind that is determined to generate innovative ideas. His dedication and unique passion can be seen in his photography and acknowledged by many. He is a prize winning photographer, his extensive portfolio that covers everything from art related shows, fashion, family […]

Ustad Amjad Ali Khan calls for innovation in traditional music

By Neeru Saluja When it comes to music or religion, legendary sarod player Ustad Amjad Ali Khan does not believe in convention. His belief for innovation has made him one of the undisputed masters of the music world as he reinvented the technique of playing the sarod. He is now coming to Australia for Womadelaide 2019 in […]

Short + Sweet Theatre Festival kicks in from February 6 with plenty of Indian entries

This year’s line-up of tasty treats (to be announced at tonight’s launch event at the theatre) has two programs that change each week including a slew of local, regional, interstate and international entries. Short+Sweet has spread the popular 10-minute format in theatre, dance, cabaret & comedy across Australia and the globe with festivals as far […]

Bridging the musical dream with Shubha Mudgal and Sandy Evans

By Neeru Saluja When India’s rich classical music collaborates with Australia’s finest jazz, the composition has to be magical. Internationally renowned Indian singer Shubha Mudgal came together with Australia’s top jazz saxophonist and composer Sandy Evans in a sold out concert ‘Bridge of Dreams’ as part of the Sydney Festival. They were accompanied by tabla maestro Aneesh […]

Counting and Cracking: A brown breaking story

By Neeru Saluja Sydney’s landmark Town Hall has been transformed into the land of serendipity. Within the four walls, you get to taste a slice of Sri Lanka. Starting from a flavoursome curry to whet the appetite, a stage set up to transport you to the homeland and ultimately unravelling a story about the post-colonial […]

Nancy Grover – the pioneer promoter of classical Indian art in Australia

By Neena Badhwar She sits elegant in a Kashmiri Kaftan, off-white in colour with exquisite red Kashmiri embroidery, her bangles match, and there is this beautiful pin tucked on to its neckline. We are meeting Nancy Grover who is ready to meet you as she greets you with firm hands and a kiss on your […]

Sydney pays homage to Guru Padmabhushan Vempati Chinna Satyam

By Sumathi Krishnan Vempati Narthanam, paid homage to Guru , the Kuchipudi dancer whose life’s dedication saw the evolution of an unique attractive and dynamic dance genre of Kuchipudi. Kalabharathi Performing Arts and its collective dancers presented amongst others, the thoroughly captivating Kuchipudi dancer, Priyanka Vempati, from the Vempati lineage, and four other talented students […]

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