Parramasala 2013

In the presence of Lord Mayor of Parramatta Mr John Chedid and eminent members of the Parramatta Council and community, Festival Director David Malacari, revealed an exciting program for this year.

Held between 4 Oct 2013 to 7 Oct 2013 Parramasala featured acts will be presented in and around Riverside Theatre with the concentration of free events during the day in the Albert Park and ticketed events being held in the evening at the Riverside Theatres.

FREE EVENTS showcase talk of our multicultural community and professional acts.


Parade on 4 Oct 6:30 to 7:30, organised by Di Henry, of Sydney Olympic parade repute, and her team, it promises an exciting coming together of all multicultural elements of Parramatta, commercial and non-commercial.

The evening shall bring dressed camels, two floats, bands of tabla players and their teachers, lebanese drummers, various community language schools, garba and bollywood dancers, acrobats and welfare associations that cater to the needs of the elderly and more.


Chai Temple situated in the courtyard of Riverside features Classical Nights offering a mixed multicultural experience is  a cosy awe-inspiring relaxed environment are:


5 Oct 2013

22:00-22:40 Asim Gorashi

20:40-20:55 Aneesha Ramani Journey to Bengal

21:00-21:40 Shohrat Tursun Trio and Dancer

22:00 -23:00 Raghu Dixit Unplugged



6 Oct 2013

20:00-20:40 Indu Nagarajan and Malathi Nagarajan – Carnatic Veena Duo

20:50-21:05 Aruna Gandhi and Prabhu – In the line of lineage brings the temple to the stage.

21:10-21:50 Qawwali

21:50-22:05 Aruna Ganghi and Prabhu – In the line of lineage

22:00 – 23:00 Adrian McNeil and Bobby Singh – Bhaitak style of Sarod and Tabla Duo


Talk of the Community at Albert Park Stage


Dance schools and dance companies such as Nrityagriha School of Classical Dance, Samskriti School of Dance, Karma Dance Co, Shakti School of Dance, Thrayee School of Dance, Geetanjali School of Dance, Bali Dance co, Vidhunarthana School of Dance and Purvi Desai School of Dance are some of the featured schools this year.

They shall be presenting Bharathanatyam, Kuchipudi, Contemporary, Flashmobs, Garba  Dandiya, Folk, Bollywood, Bangara, Indonesian and Singalese traditions on and off the Park Stage.

Interspersed with musical bands with a touch of  eastern sounds are Indijiva, Kim Cunio and his group who present soulful music, Nirmal Jena Kirtans, Circle of Rhythm with Bobby Singh,  Mantratonic with Sandy Evans, Blue Mary with Richard Petkovic and others. 

Promising to please every body the Park Stage hosts many outstanding acts such as Raghu Dixit from Mumbai on several nights before every thing subsides to move into the Chai Temple at night.

Not to forget the camel rides for children, markets on Market Street and more.



Ticketed programs are as follows:

On 5 and 6 Oct at 7:30pm –  Fearless Nadia, a music score produced live to the silent Bollywood movie from the 1930’s by Ben Walsh and the Orkestra down under with guest musicians Aneesh Pradhan from India, Sandy Evans, Bobby Singh and others.  Book your tickets here .

On 5 and 6 Oct at 8:00pm – Rising, at the Lennox Theatre shall feature Kathak and contemporary dance by Akash Odedra from UK. Akash Odedra has a background in Kathak and Bharathanatyam. He has worked with dancers such as Akram Khan and shall be presenting three distinct solos.

On Sun 6 Oct at 5:00pm – Attakkalari, the physical martial art form from Kerala shall come alive in the creative hands of Shakthitharan, Artistic Director of Curious Works at the Riverside.



ICE hosts the following Tamil Play

On 5 and 6 Oct, at 4:00pm and 6:00pm – Sydney Nataka Priya shall present the Tamil play of Mannakottai – a drama set in Changi Singapore airport, it shall leave you laughing and rapturous as it explores migrant comedy of errors. This is to be held at ICE. Actors from the Tamil Play seen below with Festival Director David Malacari, Board Member Aruna Parthiban and yours truly as Community Coordinator.







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