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‘And No, I Did Not Grow Up Doing Yoga’ – an interview with Aarti Vincent

By Neena Badhwar And no she did not anticipate having to move all the way to Melbourne from India to learn yoga from white yoga teachers either. And no she did not anticipate being a person of colour when she moved to Melbourne, so she went and auditioned for a play set in the Great […]

Curtain Calls with players of Natak Mandali a good bet for sure

By Sumathi Krishnan Natak Mandali Inc (NMI) a not for profit community organisation presented two plays ‘Teen Patti’ (Three Playing Cards) and Becharo Behram (Poor Soul Behram) staged on February 6 and 7, at the Bryan Brown Theatre Bankstown. Despite Covid-19 restrictions, audiences arrived out of their 2020 slumber with eagerness as friendly volunteers directed […]

A contemporary adaptation to Hamlet performed in an open air lawn

By Manju Mittal This summer I attended an outdoor ‘Thin Air productions’ live theatre play Shakespeare’s Hamlet, for the first time in an open air lawns since lockdown.  A unique theatrical presentation by local talented artists performed at the stunning venue Mahratta’s Moon Gate Courtyard, Wahroonga, School of Philosophy last weekend.  This commercially successful Shakespeare’s […]

Sangam 2021: an exciting platform for South-Asian dispora

SANGAM 2021February 20 – March 13PERFORMING ARTS FESTIVAL OF SOUTH ASIA & DIASPORASaturday February 20 – Abbotsford Convent – Family Day & Dada DesiSat February 27 – Dandenong Drum Theatre, Harmony Square, Walker Street – Earth Matters Walking ExperienceSaturday March 6 – Bunjil Place – New Homes & The Flowering TreeThursday March 11, Friday March 12, […]

Natak Mandali presents Teen Patti and Becharo Bahram on Feb 6, 7!

Natak Mandali Inc (NMI) is a not for profit, collaborative, community platform, which aims to provide a unifying medium in multicultural Australia, with the intention to encourage and strive interest in the performing arts. Natak Mandali’s creative directors, actors and volunteers have been working hard for the last few months rehearsing on two plays ‘Teen […]

4th IPSAA Indian Literary Festival held in Brisbane

The 4th Indian Literary Festival was organized by the Indoz Punjabi Sahit Academy of Australia (IPSAA) – a renowned literary organization in Brisbane, Australia.  IPSAA Australia took the initiative to organize Indian Literary Festival in association with Picasa 4 years ago. But since then they’ve been organizing events independently. In 2020, two poets of Australia […]

‘Badki’ of Hum Log, Seema Pahwa talks about her directorial debut ‘Ram Prasad Ki Tehrvi’

By Manju Mittal Do you remember ‘Badki’ of the serial ‘Hum Log’, played by Seema Bhargava Pahwa, a popular TV serial of the early 80’s. Badki or the eldest daughter of a middle-class family was a representative for millions of Indian girls who found themselves buried under the day to day house hold responsibilities. She […]

Jashn-e-Ghazal, a musical evening that celebrated the end of Covid

By Neena Badhwar In NSW, Covid-19 restrictions have just been lifted. Inside the Madison Function Lounge on December 6 it seems restrictions never existed. It was as if a nightmare had finally ended as the function centre buzzed with energy, singers Rachna Bhatnagar and Suhas Mahajan taking the centre stage. Sarshar playing Sarod, on the […]

Kiran Subbiah is a dinosaur who is still awake

Kiran Subbaiah’s video work at NGV Triennial By Neena Badhwar Two Indian artists who are exhibiting their works at the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) Triennial, a large-scale exhibition of international contemporary art, design and architecture, featuring 87 projects by more than 100 artists, designers and collectives from 30 countries, are Kiran Subbaiah and Siji […]

Siji Krishnan: ‘Art thrives when words fail…’

By Neena Badhwar Siji Krishnan from Kochi, for this year’s Triennial at the National Gallery of Victoria, will be displaying an exquisite panoramic display that spans over 3 metres capturing portraits from her family during their get-togethers across generations – with representatives from infancy, youth, adulthood and advanced age. NGV Triennial is a large-scale exhibition […]

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