Category archives for: Arts

Dozekh and Mughal Baccha play out clash of ego between Naulasi and Umdah, and Kale Mian and Gori Bi

By Neena Badhwar Naulasi (played by Saba Zaidi Abdi) and Umdah Khanum (Bobby Mallick) are two old ladies living a lonely life in a little room which they have rented. Life is dull yet they give each other company, at times remembering their good old days, or getting on each other’s nerves thus passing their […]

Black With Equal – A Satirical Black Comedy

By Rekha Rajvanshi On July 2, 2022, play ‘Black With Equal’ was performed at the Bryan Brown Theatre in Bankstown, Sydney. Assiduously written by Vikram Kapadia, with over 200 successful performances in India before Natak Mandali presented it in Australia. A satire on the discrimination, prejudice, and hatred that fester in our society’s shadowy crevices. […]

Top Coat hits Sydney Theatre Company

By Vaanie Krishnan Michelle Law’s new body-swap comedy gets a laugh but doesn’t quite achieves its potential. Body swap stories can be traced back to 1882, and in the films that shaped playwright Michelle Law’s adolescence (Freaky Friday, 13 Going on 30), the trope is used to bring to life the age-old saying “to walk […]

Janaki Easwer to feature in Atif Aslam’s concerts in Australia!

Janaki Easwar has tried to make the best use of the platform and has grown as an artist since creating TV history by becoming the youngest artist ever  to appear on ‘The Voice’ globally.  After her TV debut, Janaki has continued releasing her originals. Her debut single clown  with profound lyrics, recently made it to the finals of International songwriting […]

Maestro Zubin Mehta to conduct the Australian World Orchestra

“I cannot tell you how much I am looking forward to once more conducting the great Australian World Orchestra!” Maestro Zubin Mehta Maestro Zubin Mehta proclaimed it ‘one of the top ten orchestras on earth’ after conducting The Australian World Orchestra (AWO) in 2013, and in 2015 he invited the AWO to perform with him in […]

‘The Light at the end of the tunnel came from within’, says Emie Roy, the curator

By Neena Badhwar The book ‘The Light At the End of the Tunnel’ published by Emie Roy as the curator, a work that kept her busy for close to a year, with stories compiled from fifty individuals describe the survival spirit of ordinary human beings during Covid. People suddenly were caught off guard with the […]

ILASA hosts an evening dedicated to Literature, Languages, and the Arts

Many of the world’s most distant languages are threatened with extinction. When a language dies, so does its literature. Our future generation, particularly migrant youngsters, are losing touch with our languages and hence are unable to read literature written in their native tongues. It’s critical to put together programmes that reflect our culture, literature, and […]

White Pearl – I dare you to laugh

By Vaanie Krishnan On Friday 1st April, I was lucky enough to score a last minute ticket to White Pearl at the Sydney Theatre Company. I have gone back and forth several times about whether to publish this article. Do I write an honest review? Or do I pander to the theatre community so that […]

Staging a timeless story – ‘Kannagi enbathen peyare’

An adaptation of Sillapathikaram- The Jeweled Anklet. By Sudha Kumar On 26 March 2022, at Riverside Theatres, Sydney, Hamsa Venkat’s Samskriti school of Dance and Sumathy Ramesh of Lzerobzero presented a Bharatanatyam margam called ‘Kannagi enbathen peyare’, an adaptation ‘Sillapathikaram’ (Tamil for “The Jeweled Anklet”). Sillapathikaram is the earliest epic poem in Tamil, written in […]

Footsteps Adorn Anklets

By Sumathi Krishnan Crisp footsteps, Adorn anklets Proclaiming that old, Grown anew With a sway of Musicians wands Sing a story of two women wronged So saying the poet, Draws the last line Of not a woman’s heart left pining Or A burning city of hatred But a woman who makes her peace Standing tall […]

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