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Khooni Vaisakhi: Poem from the Jallianwala Bagh Massacre, 1919

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  In a moving piece of Punjabi literature, this is Khooni Vaisakhi, a narrative poem by prominent Punjabi writer Nanak Singh. It’s an account of...

The living art of India

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  Immerse yourself in the colourful, vibrant and transformative arts of India. Over three weeks we will dive into a world where art is not...

An artistic feminist protest by Rakini Devi

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  Born and raised in Kolkata, Rakini Devi has spent most of her artistic journey engaging with feminist issues, be it dowry deaths in India...
Star of Anise by Jane Jolly and Di Wu.

Star of Anise: A picture book about Australia’s early Indian hawkers

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  Annie could hear Bhagwan Singh’s wagon before she could see it. It jingled and jangled with its pots and pans as it came down...
Julia Raath

Julia Raath: ‘For a teacher of textiles, India is heaven’

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  Textile students who went on Julia Raath’s first tour to India remember as it the “Oh my God” tour - the exclamation that came...
A still from Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani's "Balam Pichkari" music video. 2021 holi playlist

The ultimate Holi songs playlist (2021)

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  Let it be said, Holi is the best of all festivals. "Why", you ask? Well, let’s see. There’s Diwali, which is a definite eye-pleaser, with...
Aahana Chakraborty

Meet 7 yr old published author, Aahana Chakraborty

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  Meet our community’s youngest author, seven-year-old Aahana Chakraborty. The Year 2 student has just published her first picture book Buzzz… The Adventures of Lily and...

Ratna Sarma: The art of understanding other cultures

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  As a new visitor to Australia not so long ago, Ratna Sarma found herself drawn to Indigenous art. It reminded her of Gond art, one...
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‘Sita: Now You Know Me’ by Sini Panicker

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  When Indian American writer Sini Panicker, a trained chemist who is a heroin profiler for the US government, began her research into the Ramayana...

Giridhar Udupa joins US Air Force band for new song

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  Acclaimed Indian percussion artist Giridhar Udupa, who plays the ghatam and the Hawaii-based United States Air Force Band of the Pacific, have jointly released...
Pratiksha Chuttar and Dhanya Dinakar Bharatnatyam sydney arangetram

Arangetram, a classical inheritance

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  In an interesting moment in Dhanya Dinakar and Pratiksha Chuttar’s recent arangetram (debut performance), the duo moved gleefully to embrace but stopped short, creating...

Best live theatre shows to catch in Sydney and Melbourne

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  In the wake of the pandemic, Australia has become a hotbed for the global entertainment industry. With Europe and North America still battling to...
Siji Krishnan, Father’s portrait 2016 (watercolour on rice paper) 134.6 x 315.0 cm. National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne

Indian art at Melb’s NGV Triennial 2020-21

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  The National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) Triennial is an art exhibition organised every three years which displays works of contemporary artists and designers across...
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Raghav Handa: TWO’s company

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  As the narrative grows around us about the pathology of a deeply polarised contemporary world, one of the techniques suggested to bridge divides is...
RITU WEDS CHANDNI BOOK COVER

Book Review: ‘Ritu weds Chandni’ by Ameya Narvankar

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  "But what is wrong with that? Why shouldn't she marry Chandni didi?," asks Ayesha, the young protagonist in Ameya Narvankar's Ritu weds Chandni. The innocent...
tamil book

Book review: ‘Tamil: A Biography’ by David Dean Shulman

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  It was quite by accident that I stumbled upon a prodigious and erudite scholar of India – especially southern India, during one of my...
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Book Review: Raj & Norah

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  Raj & Norah by Peter R Kohli and his daughter Shania Kohli Russo is not only a thrilling account of love found, lost and...
Rubi Balasingam as Kannagi. stories of kannagi

‘Stories of Kannagi’ earns judge’s nod at Blake Art Prize

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  Winning praise for her “intimate storytelling” in re-imagining a 2,000-year-old Tamil classic, Bulli-based filmmaker Zanny Begg has won a prestigious artist residency at the...
jagjit singh

LISTEN: Remembering Jagjit Singh, the King of Ghazals

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  Whether you're a ghazal fan or not, you're still likely to have heard about the King of Ghazals, Jagjit Singh. For music lovers, his voice...
Jaipur Literary festival JLF 2021 virtual edition programme

JLF announces programme for 2021 virtual edition

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  Dubbed the "greatest literary show on Earth", the Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF) 2021 programme returns in a virtual avatar from February 19-28 featuring a...

WATCH: When Shehnai asks Violin to go to Khandala

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  See what happens when India's shehnai and Italy's violin collaborate to produce a cover of Ae Kya Bolti tu, a song originally sung by...
kamala's way biography by dan moraine

Book Review: ‘Kamala’s Way’ by Dan Morain

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  Just how did the daughter of two immigrants in segregated California became one of this countrys most effective power players? Through the human touch,...
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Why OP Nayyar continues to be this fan’s favourite musician

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  I am an ardent admirer of O P Nayyar’s music. Anyone who knows me well, knows of my love for Indian film music from...

5 powerful poems by the brilliant Javed Akhtar

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  A celebrated lyricist and the recipient of the prestigious Sahitya Akademi Award for his poetry, Javed Akhtar's name is synonymous with soul-wrenching, evocative writing.  His...
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‘Stories of Kannagi’: a Tamil classic in the Blake Art Prize

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  "Kannagi begins as an ordinary woman; well not that ordinary, and then transforms into a goddess of justice!" So says Bulli-based artist filmmaker Zanny Begg,...

India’s 71-Year Test: a coffee table book

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  For a sport with as storied a history as cricket, books on its past are unsurprisingly a dime a dozen. Given its origins, the...
a r rahman

5 best songs by the talented A R Rahman

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  Perhaps one of India's most celebrated musicians and composers, A R Rahman has made an unforgettable mark in the music landscape. The Padma Bhushan awardee...
rudyard kipling

5 memorable quotes by Rudyard Kipling

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  Best known for writing The Jungle Book, Nobel Prize winning author Rudyard Kipling lives on in the hearts of many literature lovers. He's also a...

Devika Rani was an enigma to most – but not anymore (Book Review)

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  "I hope that I have managed to establish who Devika Rani really was. A rebellious and unusually talented and beautiful woman, a great actress...

Art using natural materials: An exhibition by preschool kids

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  Turmeric, beetroot, coffee, saffron, rice, blueberries, lentils. At first glance, these items seem as though they would be expected on a weekend shopping list....

Podcasts

Ep 9: What do young Indians want from love?

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Growing up in Indian culture, most of us know that love has never been as popular as marriage. Even in the movies, the main...

Ep 8: Indian links in Indigenous Australian poet Ali Cobby Eckermann’s...

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To celebrate NAIDOC week 2020 (between 8-15 November) I spoke to Yakunytjatjara poet Ali Cobby Eckermann about her time in India where she taught...

Ep 7: In the case of Sushant Singh Rajput

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  The torrid and high-octane Sushant Singh Rajput case has been fodder for Indian people and press for the last few months. The actor’s tragic...
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harinder sidhu

Khooni Vaisakhi: Poem from the Jallianwala Bagh Massacre, 1919

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  In a moving piece of Punjabi literature, this is Khooni Vaisakhi, a narrative poem by prominent Punjabi writer Nanak Singh. It’s an account of...