Travelling Art : Translations in the making

Produced under the auspices of Seva International – Social Cohesion in Diversity. 

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Social thinkers, festival directors, producers, event organizers, artists, dancers, musicians and community leaders and members in Sydney !!

Come Engage and Create !

Travelling Art : Translations in the Making !

Presided over by Associate Professor Kalpana Ram, Department of Anthropology, Director of India Research Centre, Faculty of Arts, Macquarie University and Dr Shanti Raman, Pediatrician Western Sydney Community Health, Bharathanatyam dancer and Dance Enthusiast.

Date : Sunday 2 August 2015.

Time : 1:30pm for 2:00pm to 6:00pm with a short interval.

Where: Information Cultural Exchange 

8 Victoria Road Parramatta NSW 2150 

Admission Fee: $10 per person 

[Bkg:Please email to confirm your reservation as there are limited seats. Or Call 0401 994 260 and 0422 082 608]

Thank you for your inordinate support for SEVA and Sydhwaney Sounds from Sydney activities: ..Travelling Art is nearly full. To keep the admin work to the minimum we are expecting all those who have expressed interest to make sure they dont cancel as we will be turning back others once we reach a 100. Kindly be mindful of this – to keep admin work to the minimum we have not asked you to pay in advance – We trust you will come as promised and join us wholeheartedly to engage in a healthy exchange of ideas between cultures and genres !! 
We still have 20 seats available so send in your emails ASAP !! – [Dated: 28.07.2015]

Purpose: To bring artists together in the region and beyond to speak and validate their creative thoughts in a shared setting.

Artists are constantly travelling today in the age of Globalisation. New paradigms in the field of theatre, dance, film, photography, sculpture and painting are constantly emerging and evolving in the blink of an eye.

What do these new paradigms create within us? Do they complicate our associations with the past practices? Do they supersede the notions of the past? Or do they dovetail our thoughts of the past with the present and help artists to speak in different tongues both local and global ?

Also included in the presentation will be discussions on how art can help with addressing modern medical, social and socio-economic issues such as, racial discrimination, healthy healing, domestic violence, climate change and more?

Come and enjoy a day of sharing , a day of exchange of dialogues , a need for discussion, a purpose to foreground our future artistic collaborations and through performance express the under girded quest for an identity in the world at large.

All participating members shown below will use visual and creative ways to present for half an hour.   

100728_226_manasamitra_mirrorImages_wakefieldCathedralShrikant Subramanium  

Shrikant has been performing , teaching and conducting workshops in Bharatanatyam for over a decade. A passionate dancer, he has worked his way through the evolutionary processes from performance to instruction to composition. Shrikant has performed extensively in India, United States Great Britain and Australia.

Shrikant is a masters degree holder in south Asian dance studies with a specific focus on the gender studies in dance anthropology from the University of Roehampton, and an MA degree holder in performing arts from Nalanda Dance Research Centre in India. He strives to acquire new structures within the parameters of classical Bharathanatyam vocabulary and aims to create a paradigm of movements drawn from his own personal journey as a global dancer in the world at large. Presently Shrikant works as an Artistic Associate for a multi arts organisation in West Yorkshire in Britain called ‘Kala Sangam‘.

Shrikant will be accompanied by unnamedSanjay Ramaswamy. Sanjay is well versed in both Carnatic vocal  and violin which he has been learning from Dr M S Ramanathan and Sri Balaji Jagannathan for over a decade. Over the years, he has given several vocal performances in Sydney, Melbourne and India. He also regularly accompanies carnatic musicians on the violin in full length concerts. Sanjay is a recipient of First Prize in Swaralaya Vocal Music competitions held in Sydney in 2007 and 2008 and Purandara Dasa Music Competition in 2009. In 2011, he won the “Australian Carnatic Idol” competition conducted by Swaralaya Fine Arts Society and the “MLV Manodharma Prize”. Sanjay is furthering his musical learning by taking advance lessons in both vocal and violin from Gurus: Sri Alepey Venkatesan and Sri BU Ganesh Prasad. Sanjay is a Commerce and Economics graduate from the UNSW


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Annalouise Paul winner of the Australian Arts in Asia Award 2013 in Dance, is an independent choreographer, dancer and actor. Trained in contemporary dance at the Laban Centre in London and with key flamenco maestros in Spain, she has been making intercultural dance theatre for almost three decades. Annalouise danced for Bill T. Jones Co., Aletta Collins, Antonio Vargas Co., Karole Armitage and Michael Jackson. Her award-winning trilogy ‘Conversations in Rhythm + Dance’ [Mother Tongue, Game On, Isabel] explores culture, identity and transformation.  Mother Tongue most recently premiered at Bangarra Studios and was inspired by sacred geometry, entwining eight traditional and contemporary body percussion forms and is nominated for 2015 Australian Dance Awards.  Annalouise will travel to Singapore in October to collaborate with local company Maya Dance Theatre and has begun development on two new works Self Portrait, a new solo work with text and multimedia and Cielo Vivo, an exploration of Sephardi and flamenco cultures with live guitar, piano and poetry by Garcia Lorca. Theatre of Rhythm and Dance is an emerging national intercultural dance theatre company with a focus on contemporary cultural performance. In 2013, Theatre of Rhythm and Dance won the NSW Premier’s Export Scholarship for its inaugural international tours of Game On to Interface Festival, India.


Hamsa Venkat and Govind Pillai are a guru shishya team who shall present together.

During Noopur at Science Theatre, UNSW, Kensington, New South Wales, Australia on 26/10/2014. Photo: Binu Naikaraparambil

During Noopur at Science Theatre, UNSW, Kensington, New South Wales, Australia on 26/10/2014. Photo: Binu Naikaraparambil

Hamsa Venkat Dancer and Director of the Samskriti School of Dance is known for its many successful productions for local community events and full-length stage shows at prestigious events such as the National Multicultural Festival. Recent. productions include Prakriti – the five elements of Nature staged in Canberra, Sydney and Adelaide, Yatra- a journey through the relationships in the Ramayana, Dasavataram- the ten incarnations of Vishnu, Anuragh- exploring love through the stories of Shakuntala and Meera. Hamsa has also trained in nattuvangam under the veteran Guru Seetharama Sharma of Kalakshetra.Hamsa’s  inate teaching qualities, patient approach and valuable Kalakshetra training make her tutelage sought-after amongst the local community. Today, Samskriti Dance has grown to include many junior and senior students and is a creative hub of personalities. Hamsa Venkat is a keen explorer of the art form and loves to experiment within the traditional framework of Bharathanatyam and has won acclaim for her sensitive and in-depth portrayal of any subject she chooses to present. The creative spirit of her choreography is most beautifully captured by this favourite quote of hers:

“Some look at things that are, and ask why,
I dream of things that never were and ask why not?”
George Bernard Shaw

Hamsa’s relationship with the world of art and literature is not only through dance. She is also a teacher of English at OLSH College in Kensington, Sydney. More details on Hamsa and Samskriti can be found on


PicGovind Pillai is one of a few Australian male practitioners of Bharatanatyam. With a track-record of sell-out productions and festival appearances internationally, he has appeared at prestigious venues and events including the Princess Theatre (Melbourne), Bangarra Theatre (Sydney) and the Victorian College of the Arts (Melbourne). Govind is a performer and dance maker with an active practice in performance, choreography, direction and teaching whilst also actively contributing to the Australian arts scene through his past and present roles which include: Director of Karma Dance Inc., Board Member of the National Theatre (St Kilda); Lead Male Dancer of Samskriti Dance (Sydney); Vice President of Flare Dance Co. (Melbourne), and Dance Adviser elect to the Federation of Indian Music and Dance Inc. (Victoria).




Jiva ParthipanJiva Parthipan is a director, creative producer and arts-cultural worker based in Sydney and working internationally with theatre, dance, performance, film and inter disciplinary art. Recent credits include Dance Africa Dance and Let It Be at Riverside and Little Bagdad with Powerhouse Youth Theatre. Past works have been seen at Performance Space at Carriageworks,Tate Modern, ICA – Institute of Contemporary Art, Lilliayan Baylis at Saddlers Wells (London), National Review of Live Arts – Glasgow, IETM ( International Network for Contemporary Performing Arts)- Paris and Dublin, Jomba Festival South Africa to include a few. Jiva was visiting lecturer in Performance at Central St Martin College for the Arts, London and trained in Bharata Natyam with Pushkala Gopal and Unnikrishnan before obtaining a MA (Distinction) Performance at Goldsmiths College, University of London. Jiva was the first male dance dancer to dance with Shobana Jeyasigh dance company which recently celebrated 25th anniversary. A personal and artistic profile of Jiva was published by Penguin Australia in A COUNTRY TOO FAR – a collection of essays by booker prize winning Australian witter Tom Kennelly. Jiva currently works as a CCD officer at STARTTS Sydney.


Aruna GandhiAruna Gandhi is a Bharatanatyam dancer of repute, who trained for over two decades under the renowned Guru Prof. Sudharani Raghupathy in Chennai, India. Settled in Sydney since 2009, she is the Founder-Director of Silambam-Sydney School of Indian Traditional Dance. She was awarded the ‘Distinguished Talent Visa’ under arts category, in Australia in 2013.
She is currently engaged in new choreographic work, performances, presenting lec-dems, facilitating ‘Creative Movement’ workshops for children and adults, collaborating with Australian artistes and engaged in CACD projects with diverse communities.  Her mission is to represent the Indian artistic tradition and the multicultural face of Australia around the world. Academically, she holds a Masters in Communication. Aruna has showcased Bharatanatyam as a soloist and in collaborative works at various venues in Sydney, including ‘The Dreaming Damsel’ at Anywhere Festival Parramatta (2015),  ‘The Calling’ at Sydney Festival (Jan. 2014), Parramasala (2013, 2012), ‘Lineage’ presented by FORM Dance Projects and Riverside Theatres (May 2013), at the National Art Gallery, Canberra – presented by SIFAA (April 2013), Macquarie University (Nov.2012), Campbelltown Arts Centre (Oct 2012), Groundswell’s multicultural arts forum at Carriageworks (April 2012). ‘Celebrate Campbelltown’ cross-cultural DVD which features Aruna as a key performer, and produced by The Wizard of OZ Funland is to be launched soon. This project won The Daily Telegraph’s ‘Champions of the West Tourism Award’ (2014)



Ruchi Sanghi flamenco and kathakis a reputed Kathak dancer in Sydney. Kathak is a dynamic theatrical dance form known for its sparkling footwork, fast whirling movements, subtle abhinaya or mimetic dance. Ruchi Sanghi started training from the young age of seven. Her initial training was at the prestigious Kathak Kendra under the famous Jaipur Gharana guru Shri Rajendra Gangani. After a brief period she studied under the tutelage of The legendary Kathak dancer and choreographer’ Nritya Natraj ‘Shri Gopi Krishna in Mumbai. She matured as a dancer and developed the style of kathak popularized by her Guruji Shri Gopi Krishna. Further she developed experience in performance and choreography in kathak under his guidance. Ruchi established her School of kathak in Sydney in the year 2000 to educate and promote this dance form. She is dedicated to teaching and training students, to educate and spread knowledge about this exquisite art form and finally through productions help students realize their maximum potential as dancers. As a choreographer she wishes to create original works through the medium of kathak and in collaboration with other dance forms.She has collaborated with El duede flamenco on several projects such as ‘Nine flavors’ and ‘Namaste’. Her sell out productions ‘Nautch Girls’ and ‘Devdas the Musical’ have established her as a trail blazer of her art form.

Date : Sunday 2 August 2015

Time : 2:00pm to 6:00pm with a short interval

Where: Information Cultural Exchange 

8 Victoria Road Parramatta NSW 2150 T: [02] 9897 5744 

Admission Fee: $10 per person

[Please email to confirm your reservation as there are limited seats]


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