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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 […]

Mallika Sarabhai: “I was a social activist even before I knew what it meant”

By Neeru Saluja  As a dancer, storyteller, writer and social activist, Mallika Sarabhai has powered change through performing arts. Besides being one of the leading exponents in classical dance, she is also vocal on women’s empowerment, making her a fearless feminist of our times. She is also the director of Darpana Academy of Performing Arts […]

‘The Siddhus of Upper Juhu’ : A delightful comedy comes to Sydney on March 6

After the successful Shabana Azmi and Javed Akhtar’s theatre play ‘Kaifi Aur Mein’ and Arif Zakaria and Sonali Kulkarni’s ‘Gardish mein Taare’ in 2018 and ‘A poetic evening with Deepti Naval’ in 2019 SAI Creative Arts Network ( SCREAN ) Australia now proudly presents comedy English drama ‘The Siddhus of Upper Juhu’ in March. ‘The […]

‘’The Spoils” arrives in Sydney

By Neeru Saluja A slice of New York has arrived in Sydney with the play ‘The Spoils’ by Academy Award winning American actor and playwright Jesse Eisenberg. Making it’s Australian debut at the Flight Path Theatre, the cutting comedy is directed by Ian Warwick and boasts of a stellar cast comprising actors Michael Becker, Haydan […]

Sthree Chakra – The wheel of womanhood

By Sudha Kumar ‘Sthree Chakra’- The wheel of womanhood  a solo Bharatanatyam performance was presented by Vidya Gokul of Samskriti School of Dance in November 2019 at the Pioneer Theatre in Sydney, Australia. ‘Sthree Chakra’ traced the experiences of a woman as the wheel rolls along the path of life. It was a celebration of […]

‘Purdah’ brings out the best in acting, music and direction

By Neena Badhwar Mahesh Dattani’s play directed by Saba Zaidi Abdi ‘Where did I leave my purdah’ revealed many talented local actors in their best form that Sydney is slowly producing as time goes by. Finally the Purdah is off with great acting by the actors was on display at the Pacific Christian School in […]

Shivanjani Lal awarded 2019 NSW Visual Arts Emerging Fellowship

Shivanjani Lal, is the recipient of the 2019 NSW Visual Arts Emerging Fellowship courtesy of Artspace and Create NSW. Shivanjani has been awarded the prestigious $30,000 Fellowship for her work presented in this year’s exhibition. Parliamentary Secretary for Energy and the Arts, The Hon. Ben Franklin, MLC, presented the Fellowship at the exhibition’s launch this evening, noting that […]

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