The Dreaming Damsel

An unique multicultural multi art event, the Dreaming Damsel is a part of the Anywhere Festival Parramatta that runs from the 8 May 2015 to 17 May 2015. Partnered by the Parramatta & District Historical Society and Parramatta City Council.

Enjoy a stroll into the two-acre garden and the quaint courtyard of the Heritage museum of Hambledon Cottage and be transported by the paintings of Indian Painter Raja Ravi Varma (1848-1906) brought to life through live performance.

We transform the courtyard of a historical house into a soulful performing space to enhance your experience:


To Book your tickets  – Go Here 

Ticket price includes a half hour tour of the Hambledon Cottage commencing 12pm to 2pm for the performance at 2:30pm.

The Parramatta & District Historical Society (Est in 1913) manages the Hambledon House which was built around the same era as the famous modern Indian painter Raja Ravi Varma. The architecture of this period house lends itself and forms a part of the production where Raja Ravi Varma’s paintings shall be brought to life through three segments of the program – music, dance and rhythm.


The Hambledon Cottage is situated between James Ruse Drive and Wigram Street Harris Park. For street view of and address please go here:


John Napier, Abhijit Dan, Sumathi Krishnan, Aruna Gandhi and Ken Smith of the Parramatta & District Historical Society (L to R)

Sumathi Krishnan, Conceiver and Creative Director, an accomplished Indian vocalist she has been lauded by Drum Media as a marvellous performer in Sydney. She composes and specialises in improvised Indian singing styles in many Indian languages for over 18 years. She manages and operates a successful website that promotes Indian performing arts events for the last 7 years. She has also been the Community Coordinator and Dance Program Director for Parramasala 2013, 2014.

John Napier Cellist is a Performer and Ethnomusicologist at the UNSW, Australia. He maintains a performing career as an orchestral, chamber and contemporary cellist (and sometime tenor), performing in venues ranging from opera houses to Darlinghurst squats, in ensembles ranging from symphony orchestras to experimental jazz bands.

Aruna Gandhi performing artiste, choreographer, educator, is the founder-director of Silambam Sydney, specialising in the Indian-classical dance style of Bharatanatyam. With over 24 years of performances in India and Australia she is the recipient of ‘Distinguished Talent Visa’ in Australia 2013. Her repertoire extends to solos and collaborations in cross cultural projects. She has performed at Sydney Festival (2014), Parramasala (2013, 2012), FORM Dance Projects’ and at many other community events. More info:

Pallavarajan nagendran

Pallavarajan Nagendran, a high calibre percussionist was initiated to play the double sided indian drum Mridangam by the Singapore Indian Fine Arts Society (SIFAS).  He performs widely across international arenas and contemporary music and dance festivals.

Abhijit Dan tabla player trained by the internationally renowned Tabla maestro Pandit Swapan Choudhury was a regular Radio and Television artist in India. He has also composed and arranged and also performed with many eminent musicians.

Murthy Anjanappa, a Sydney based artist of repute whose brushstrokes shall move to the melody of the music and the footsteps of the dancer in a live demonstration.

Poetic compilations of Rekha Rajvanshi, President of Indian Literary and Arts Society of Australia Inc and Anu Shivram, Poet and Kannada Journalist will be incorporated.



 Under the tall trees that bear witness, the painter’s brush moves, the bow of the cello draws on a melody, the beat of the percussion follows the footsteps of the statuesque dancer, as voice of the poetry embrace you on a journey of the Dreaming Damsel…..

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