§ “Music is the highest form of art and for those who understand it, is the highest form of worship.” Swami Vivekananda (Complete works of Swami Vivekananda Vol.5. p125)
§”The Moving Finger writes, and, having writ, Moves on: nor all thy Piety nor Wit; Shall lure it back to cancel half a Line, Nor all thy Tears wash out a Word of it” – Omar Khayyam Translated by Edward Fitzgerald.
Who and What is Sydhwaney – Sounds of Sydney : Dhwani means sound, it also means the first sound !!
The story of Sydhwaney starts in July 2007 with some exceptional characters Sydney’s Dhwani.. Sydhwaney has evolved and continues to evolve today. In every Indian language Dhwani means The Sound !! For Music has the power to Unite. The website started as a place where a selected few could go to download music and sing but today in 2010 Sydhwaney is to take a professional turn for the better.
We thank all those organisations who have supported our efforts and continue to encourage us as we strive in turn to help them keep Indian Classical Arts, Music and Dance alive in Australia.
What other artists and organisors say:
Our Young Contributors:
Nanditha, the designer of the Sydhwaney Logo and art critic says:
‘Like literature, fashion and music, visual art is a form of communication made of different elements to express one’s creativity, imagination, emotions and
ability which tell a story. Using various media, colours, lines and shapes, the artist is also conveying the subject’s or their own emotions and their view of the world and who is living in it, next to the author, the designer and the musician.’ – Nanditha Rao
Learning to draw before she could write, Nanditha has produced many artworks, many of which have been exhibited in her former schools and fundraisers. She is currently beginning her second year of university for a double degree in Health Sciences in Melbourne, a renowned city for Visual and Performing Arts. To this day she produces designs and artworks for various purposes/ organizations and is currently working on illustrations for a children’s adaption of the Ramayana.
Born in Mumbai and raised in Sydney, Nanditha has been exposed to a variety of cultures from a very young age. She has been learning Bharathanatyam for twelve years and Latino ballroom dancing for the past three years. In addition she has also learned some Carnatic and is learning Hindustani music. Her main passion ofcourse remains Visual Art. and Sydhwaney is privileged their logo designed by Nanditha.
WRITERS who have joined us in 2010:
Hamsa Venkat is an acclaimed bharathanatyam dancer of Sydney who has always been forthcoming with her constructive views, impressing me with her willingness to help any venture that advances the cause of dance. Her rational approach, inner understanding of dance styles makes her an apt contributor meeting Sydhwaney’s vision and needs of our community.
Devi Ravi is a bharathanatyam connoisseur who brings a viewer’s view of shows. Her interest and learning in Bharathanatyam and her flair, understanding and knowledge of the language of Tamil makes her an important asset to our team. She brings her sketching and painting skills to Sydhwaney contributing to the Lyrics pages.
Malli Iyer related to the world renowned Bombay Sisters, his wealthy background in music, both Hindustani and Carnatic, his keen willingness to help and his love of writing sees him welcomed by us here at Sydhwaney.
Krishna Ramarathinam a budding singer, star and the youngest in our group comes with an energetic healthy interest in Carnatic music. He rightly injects a balance to this team and represents today, the position of tomorrow’s musician abroad.
We thank and acknowledge their contributions.
Who Am I ?
“I believe that Music is universal and transcends color, race, country, region, town, shire or village, religion, philosophy, thought, belief, attitude, creed or deed. Music is passion, Music is experience, Music is breath, Music is indescribable, Music is language of the heart, Music is beyond thought. Music can move humanity like no other.” She aspires to create a balance of energies in her performances which are rendered with the motto that music takes mankind to places where nothing else can. She believes that music transcends boundaries of language and people.
Sumathi Krishnan (Sumi) is an accomplished classical Hindustani vocalist who comes from a family of musicians from South of India, Kerala, where her ancestors were Court Musicians of the King of Thiruppunithura. Sumi started learning the South Indian style of Indian vocal music from a very young age under the tutelage of Balakrishna Bhagavathar a teacher in Shanmugha Nanda Sabha in Delhi. She later developed interest in the North Indian vocal style and spent most of the next twenty years receiving extensive training in Indian Vocal Classical music, besides being a qualified lawyer.
The late Smt Vasumathi Dantale, a leading singer from Hyderabad College of Music, India trained her in this art form and gave her the strong basis she has today which later flowered to maturity under the expert teaching of Smt Kethaki Dongre and guidance and mentoring of Sarod Maestro Late Pandit Ashok Roy in Sydney. True to this artform Sumi sings in several Indian languages and dialects. With her melodious voice, talent, enthusiasm and brightness she brings audiences alive with her soulful and appealing renditions.
The mixed background of her upbringing and her training makes her competent in both styles of Indian music, Classical genre’s, South and North Indian, which are quite different and distinctive styles of music.
Sumi has been lauded by Drum Media critic Paul Chapman as “a marvelous performer adept in both North and South Indian traditions” for her performance at the Flamenco Dreaming Show of 1995. Jill Sykes, in the Sydney Morning Herald says “The undulating melody from the classical Indian repertoire sung by Sumathi Krishnan, flows into a flamenco rhythm… the link has been established between two cultures.” Today Sumi performs in various community aid ventures, festivals, in Museums and Art Galleries and has collaborated with several other musicians and dancers in Sydney.
Sumi started writing and reporting about Indian Classical Art ventures in Sydney around 2006. Her writings are published in many international music and dance websites such as narthaki.com, kutcheribuzz.com, Indian Art Magazine Shruti, and local Indian community newspaper, The Indian Down Under, placing Indo Australian festivals and its upcoming artists in the International Arena of the Indian diaspora. She is also a dedicated teacher of this artform and founder of a group called “Sydhwaney” which specializes in rendering songs of famous, seers and poets from various precincts of India and surrounds, and experiments with vocal melodies and harmonies with her own compositions.
Sumathi Krishnan has now been coordinating and producing dance shows for Parramasala across two consecutive years 2013 and 2014 producing successful shows that presented imminent artists like Prof CV Chandrasekhar from India and other students of Dhananjayans including local talent in the Parramasala 2014.
Recent activities includes the founding of ‘Sydhwaney Productions’. Sydhwaney productions was formed to provide artists from different artforms in different genres a platform in a mainstream Australian Festival. The first production ‘The Dreaming Damsel’ showcased Carnatic, Hindustani and Dhrupad and Bharathanatyam, Poetry, Painting, Raja Ravi Varma’s famous paintings, rythm dance and music and married it with period architecture of Australian relevance. The production was held at the Heritage house of Hambledon Cottage as a part of the Anywhere Festival in partnership with the Parramatta City Council across two days 16 and 17 May 2015. Collaborations with Dr John Napier Cellist for over 18 years, the resulting production was brought by Sumathi Krishnan, John Napier and Aruna Gandhi, Bharathanatyam dancer. Sydhwaney productions next venture is to be held under the auspices of SEVA International a Symposium on Travelling Art – Translations in the Making bringing national and international artists from to disuss and present at Information Cultural Exchange (ICE) on the 2 August 2015.