Parramasala presents an excellent array of artists and events

Parramasala – a key art and culture festival in the heart of Parramatta is preparing itself for an exciting showcase of free as well as ticketed events. Starting on Friday the 4th of October the festival kickstarts with a parade from Townhall square through to Prince Alfred Park near Riverside theatre. Besides the camels, stalls and food, following are some ticketed events which are reasonably priced:

 21 November 2012: Ben Shaw leads The Orkestra of the Underground perform a live score at the premiere of "Fearless Nadia" , a feature film celebrating the exploits of Perth born Mary Ann Evans who gained fame as a film star heroine in India in 1920's Bombay as Fearless Nadia; an Indian film actress and stuntwoman, who is remembered as the masked, cloaked adventuress in Hunterwali, an early female lead. The film is scored by a big band led by Ben Walsh in front of a live audience. Pictures  by Graham Crouch/OzFest.

Fearless Nadia

(Ben Walsh and the Orkestra of the Underground (Australia/India))

Sat October 5 and Sunday  6 at 7.30pm at  Riverside Theatre  $20, $45 $55

Bring the whole family along for a rollicking adventure in music and film. Featuring an original score by percussionist and composer Ben Walsh, and performed live onstage by an outstanding ensemble of Indian and Australian musicians, Fearless Nadia puts Bollywood’s original stunt queen back on the big screen and introduces her to a whole new audience. Fearless Nadia was the tough-talking, whip-cracking, death-defying action heroine of Indian cinema in the 1930s and ”˜40s, who was in fact blonde, blue-eyed Perth-born Mary Ann Evans. A Bollywood sensation for over two decades, this Indian screen legend is brought back into the spotlight with the multimedia spectacle Fearless Nadia.

Aakesh Odedra (UK) in Rising

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Sat 5, Sun 6: 8pm Lennox at Riverside Theatre, All tickets $35

Performed by a rising star of the International dance scene, Aakash Odedra, Rising is a poetic and breathtaking work that heralds new directions in contemporary dance.  It draws on his background in the classical Indian dance disciplines of Kathak and Bharatanatyam, while remaining intrinsically contemporary in style. Odedra spent 2011 working with internationally acclaimed choreographers Akram Khan, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Russell Maliphant, who each created the solos for this show. Rising combines three distinct solos by the world’s top choreographers and one of Odedra’s own works into a single mesmerising performance. “Astonishing young dancer Aakash Odedra is something to behold ”¦ a marvellously conceived and well-executed show.” ”“ Dancing Review, UK

Zameen – CuriousWorks

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Attakkalari Centre for Movement Arts,

The Dam(n) Project (Australia/India)

Sun 6: 5pm, Mon 7: 3pm – Lennox at Riverside Theatre $35, Duration: 50 min

Mysterious, beautiful and utterly captivating, Zameen is a contemporary dance and multimedia work that pulls you into the heart of a remote Indian community fighting for its way of life. Within this world, two dancers from India’s premiere contemporary dance company ”“ the internationally lauded Attakkalari ”“ perform an intense, controlled and intricate dance score, inspired by the stories and movement of the community.



by Sydney Nadaka Priyar (Australia) Directed by Katrina Douglas

Sat 5: 6pm (opening night refreshments provided)

Sun 6: 4pm

ICE, 8 Victoria Rd, Parramatta (Cnr Villiers Street)

Performed in Tamil with English translation


Presented in association with Information & Cultural Exchange

Manakottai is an exploration of the expectations and experiences of two Tamil couples on intersecting journeys ”“ one couple migrating to Australia and the other couple returning to India. Set in the ubiquitous Changi airport of Singapore, the play is an honest, refreshing, and comedic portrayal of migration, cultural tradition, and how reality often differs from perception. Presented in Tamil, Manakottai will take audiences into the comedy that migration, and the notion of “home”, can present.




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