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REVIEW: Come From Away (Sydney’s Capitol Theatre)

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  Stories arising from the September 11 terrorist attacks are not hard to find. Tales of personal loss, public grief, and diplomatic declarations of war...
Front cover of 'The Big Book of Festivals'. Source: Hachette Australia

The Big Book of Festivals: a children’s guide to global cultures

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  “Vedhika and Ayaan light diyas, thought to help guide the goddess Lakshmi into people’s homes, bringing fortune and luck.” “Kareem wishes his grandfather Eid Mubarak...
Viraj Tandon and his painting 'My Grandfather’s Secret Garden'.

Nine-year-old Viraj Tandon is in this year’s Young Archie

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  Nine-year-old Viraj Tandon of Sydney is one of ten finalists in this year’s Young Archie competition in the 9-12 year category. The children’s portrait competition...
Artist Karen Black painted Professor Raina Macintyre's portrait for the Archibald Prize 2021

Professor Chandini Raina MacIntyre by Karen Black at the Archibald

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  During COVID-19 lockdown, when Sydney-based artist Karen Black was following the news intently, eminent epidemiologist Professor Chandini Raina Macintyre was a recurring figure in...

Kirthana Selvaraj in her ‘green suit‘ at the Archibald

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  The glaring portrait of a fashionably dressed “femme queer brown” artist awaits aesthetes at this year’s Archibald Prize exhibition. Sydney-based Kirthana Selvaraj’s self-portrait is...
Earliest surviving Hindu painting

Earliest surviving Hindu painting unveiled in Mumbai

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  In an epochal event marking the revival of ancient Indian art, the earliest surviving Hindu painting, photographed and digitally restored by Benoy K. Behl,...
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Indian links in Melbourne’s Wyndham Art Prize

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  Three Indian-origin artists are among the finalists in this year’s Wyndham Art Prize in Melbourne. Sydney artist Arun Kumar Sharma, and Melbourne’s Raj Panda and...
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Delhi’s National Gallery of Modern Art, now on your phone

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  New Delhi-based National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA) has launched its Audio-Visual Guide App. It will be possible for museum viewers to listen to...
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Ruskin Bond: A new anthology to mark 87th birthday

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  India’s best-known writer of children’s stories, Ruskin Bond, turns 87 next week on 19 May. To mark the occasion, he’s releasing an anthology of...

‘Marked for prominence’

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  After watching Bharatanatyam dancer Ankitha Shashidhar present her arangetram (debut), one couldn’t help but ponder over the serendipity of her name. It is Sanskrit...
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Book Review: ‘Death in Colaba Bay’ by Ambika Subramanian

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  As the popular saying goes, ‘Mumbai is a city, Bombay is an emotion’ - and in Ambika Subramanian’s debut novel, it’s a feeling that...
Dipali Deshpande's sari paintings

Dipali Deshpande: Painting the sari

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  Love the sari? Then you’ll love Dipali Deshpande’s interpretations of it. The textures, the draperies, the fabrics, the colours, the folds, the embroidery motifs, the...
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Book Review: ‘Check-in Checkout’ by Keran Pantth Joshi

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  Most of us have fond memories of our travels, but what if your dream holiday turned into your worst nightmare? A new horror book...
Artist Sonal Pitake at Art by Heart exhibition.

Art By Heart: A community platform for artists and craft makers

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  It was a steady stream of visitors at the tiny Westmead community hall that was hosting Art By Heart. By the end of the...
Silver Lining by Anu Shivaram

Silver Lining by Anu Shivaram: A review

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  A young Indian man in Sydney brings home an Indigenous-Australian girlfriend. A fresh-off-the-boat 7-year-old is bullied at school. An Indian-Australian couple who have travelled to India...
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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...
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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...
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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...

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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REVIEW: Skater Girl (Netflix)

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  Director Manjari Makijany is best known for her award-winning short films; however, her debut feature film Skater Girl on Netflix is a fictitious yet...
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Scottish graveyard in Kolkata reveals the untold stories of colonial women...

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  When I was a child growing up in Kolkata, I would hear stories about the European colonisation of Bengal – the precolonial name of...
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Stopping family violence: Call out disrespect

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  Some mistakes often start small but if left unrectified, soon become a bigger problem. Harinder Kaur, the co-founder of the Harman foundation, whose mission...