Category archives for: Arts

‘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 […]

Art is soul’s mate: Lalit Mittal

Lalit Mittal at Ku-ring-Gai Art Society’s Spring Exhibition By Vijay Badhwar Architect Lalit Mittal’s painting ‘Tulips’ was so appropriate for the recent exhibition of the Ku-ring-Gai Art Society to celebrate spring that it made to their invitation card to announce for their patrons the display of nearly 300 paintings by prominent artists at the St […]

Bittersweet! – An exhibition of Fijian art

Artist and curator Shivanjani Lal’s work Chhapa from the exhibition Bitter Sweet. Bittersweet is a survey of emerging and mid-career Fijian art. It is a talanoa: a laying down of artworks and stories – some sweet, and some bitter. It is on at Casula Powerhouse at Hopper Gallery, 8 August – 27 September, with an […]

Coco’s Lunch release Tha Thin Tha (pron. ‘taa-din-taa’) in konnakkol recitation

Tha Thin Tha is the vibrant new single by Australia’s multi award-winning vocal quintet Coco’s Lunch. Composed by Coco’s Lunch artist Lisa Young, Tha Thin Tha (pron. ‘taa-din-taa’) integrates the South Indian vocal percussion art form of konnakkol with contemporary scat language, in a song that grooves along in trademark Coco’s lunch five-part harmony.  The […]

Aman Pal, Tabla Player and vocalist: ‘Music was in my destiny’

By Manju Mittal Aman Pal is a well trained expert tabla player and vocalist and he has established himself in Sydney as a versatile performer, a skilled tablist who sings soulful sufi songs. Aman’s subtle command in ragas, the melodic structures, their rhythmic disciplines and his mastery on distinctive techniques of tabla is just superb. […]

Re-imagining Dance – Being brave, bold and brown.

By Sudha Kumar ‘Re-imagining Dance – Brown bodies on the global stage’ – An evening of conversation and classical dance performances. Where dance was reimagined by three women artistes – Dr. Mallika Sarabhai,  Dr. Anita Ratnam, and Dr. Swarnamalya Ganesh who have made a significant mark in the world of Indian classical performing arts and […]

Three Ha…Ha…Ha…s for the Siddhus

  By Neena Badhwar To my limited knowledge, ‘The Siddhus of Upper Juhu’ has been, probably, the best Indian comedy play staged in Sydney. This is attributed to crispness and timing of its dialogues. The language plays a great role in it. Every language has its gifts: gravitas of Urdu/Persian, precision of Hindi/Sanskrit and expression […]

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