Category archives for: Arts

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 […]

Sydney Fest brings to you Shubha Mudgal, Malakhamb performers and a play by S. Shaktidharan

Every January, Sydney Festival starts the new year with a bang, transforming the city with a bold cultural celebration based on critical ideas and cutting-edge art and performance. Its a Sydney-wide multi-art form cultural celebration of dance, drama, music, international artists as well as with an aim to nurture local artists and diverse art forms […]

The ugly myth to Taj Mahal, presented through a dark comedy

By Rekha Rajvanshi Guards at the Taj’ – a black comedy drama in English written by Pulitzer Prize nominee Rajiv Joseph was staged at the Monkey Baa Theatre Company in Darling Quarter on Sunday, 9th December. The play was the directorial debut of newly arrived Jyotsna Sharma, who has been involved with theatre back home […]

The Sufi Lounge: An evening full of Soulful Sufi renditions..

By Manju Mittal The Sufi Lounge concert was once again a fabulous night of entertainment showcasing amazing and talented musicians. A good crowd gathered and enjoyed the fascinating Sufi concept concert was presented by JAZBA and SNSR with a mix of old and new Sufi Qawwalis on Saturday November 24, 2018 at Redgum Function Centre, […]

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