With over 30 years of experience, The Margi Somadas and Team troupe is known not only for their performances of over 70 Kathakali performances a year, but are also known for their contributions to the costumes, makeup and set design of this age old South Indian dance style from Kerala. They have performed on stages around the world, from Europe to Dubai, and this year will be taking its viewers to the shores of Kerala with its spellbinding performance of an excerpt from The Mahabharata.
Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) - Percussion
The Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) at Edith Cowan University is recognised nationally and internationally for the quality of its graduates. We provide the most comprehensive range of performing arts training in Australia; our students can choose from a range of internationally recognised courses. And our world-class staff, working in state-of-the-art performance and teaching facilities, provide rigorous and specialised training of the highest order.
In this creative and supportive environment, students pursue artistic excellence, both on and off the stage. Every year, students, staff and critically-acclaimed guest artists collaborate to present over 300 public performances – more productions and more diversity than any other arts training institution in Australia. Many of these performances take place in WAAPA venues at Edith Cowan University, but an increasing number of exciting community partnerships enable us to perform in a wider range of external spaces.
For more info: http://www.waapa.ecu.edu.au/
Ustad Usman Khan
Ustad Usman Khan is a world renowned Sitar Maestro from Pune, India. Besides numerous concerts in India, Usmanji has performed and still performs in Australia, Malaysia, Singapore, Germany, France, Italy and USA to name a few.
Usmanji draws freely from the Gayaki Ang and Tantu Ang, which are the two traditional approaches in Indian instrumental music. The result is a celestial harmonious outpouring of musical notes.
Usmanji has been conferred the title of Honorary International Dean of Temple of Fine Arts International, and is an acknowledged composer. His compositions for several dance ballets, produced by the Temple of Fine Arts International, have been acclaimed by critics and audiences not only in India but also abroad.
Khai is a reunion of days gone by.
Starting out 10 years ago as a trio, famously known then as ‘Muzayik’...they stirred up a storm on the dancefloor across Western Australia. Kalgoorlie, Paraburdoo, Port Hedland, Newman, and the Wheatbelt... to name just a few travelled towns.
After 5 fabulous years together they then decided to followed their own paths. Fast forward another 5 years, Myk & Ray are back together as a duo, performing a variety of genres including Reggae, RNB, Pop, Motown and Disco and continuously adding new songs to the already extensive repertoire.
The bones maybe a little older, but the duo hasn't lost their ability to break the ice with their audience. Their cheeky dance routines and complimentary harmonies are sure to get any crowd, any age group, reminiscing and singing along to the songs of past and present.
With the crowds of 36,000 at past New Years Eve celebrations at Gloucester Park, to your more intimate birthday, wedding and corporate functions, Myk & Ray, that make up the duo Khai, have the charisma and charm to ease the crowd off their seats, gradually increasing the tempo as the night rolls on and taking pride in judging the success of your function by not leaving anyone in their seats.
Khaii believe their song choices are all about memories of growing up through the 70’s to present day, adding nostalgia to the entertainment that is now, Khaii.
Harshini Sukumaran - Fashion Designer
Harshini Sukumaran is a Fashion Designer who graduated in Fashion Retail and Design from one of the most prestigious Institutes in Malaysia, Lim Kok Wing University. The inspiration for her Label and design is mainly influenced by her involvement in Classical Indian Dance, in which she received formal training of 9 years with The Temple of Fine Arts Kuala Lumpur. Kaal Ratri was founded in the year 2012, and she chose its name for her brand due to her love and devotion for the Hindu Goddess Durga, who is a representation of strength and power. Harshini also strongly believes in women empowerment, which makes her Brand name more apt. Most of Kaal Ratri designs are seen in modern silhouette with an Indian touch. One noteworthy collection is the one she did as part of her final year project collection in which she used fabrics with classical Indian design and designed modern garments that were also featured in the Paris Seine Cruise. The designer intends to produce many more creative collections, that tell a story.
The Balinese Community was established in 2004 The Balinese community is committed to bringing Balinese culture to Australia. one way in which we achieve this is through dancing. Our dance group is highly regarded within the west Australian community and our dance instructors are highly trained in traditional Balinese dancing. Through their splendid, breathtaking and exquisite dancing routines, they bring the wonders of exotic Bali to the people of Australia.
Roztiazhka Ukrainian Cossack Dancers
Roztiazhka Ukrainian Cossack Dancers is an independent dance company formed in Perth, Western Australia in 1991. The purpose of the company is to perform the genre of Ukrainian-Cossack and folk dance. The company is a non-profit, amateur, Australian dance company.
Saraswati Mahavidhyalaya (SMV)
Saraswati Mahavidhyalaya (SMV) was established by our founder the late Swami Shantanand Saraswati (Swamiji) to expand the scope of the Temple of Fine Arts (TFA) to promote art and culture in various forms, and knowledge in general, with the same ethos of ‘art for art's sake’ and service to the community through the arts and culture.
Since 1981, TFA had been instrumental in spreading Indian art and culture by organising festivals and producing and presenting world-renowned Indian artistes in performance and workshop structures. SMV has taken up this mantle, and offers classes performing arts, in the dance styles of Bharatanatyam, Odissi, Kathak, folk and Bollywood, and music classes in Carnatic (South Indian) vocal, veena, tabla, sarod, harmonium, piano and guitar. Expanding in its capacity, it has also been running classes in visual art, languages, and Indian and Asian vegetarian cooking, including cooking classes for the visually impaired.
SMV has also organised and hosted many events around Perth, such as Swan Festival of Lights and Culture Box at Beaufort and concerts by world-class artistes like Pandit Kumar Bose, Pandit Birju Maharaj and Dr. L Subramaniam and extending into intercultural exchange with artists like African/American dancer and choreographer Olivier Tarpaga.
As part of SMV’s dedication to promote harmony through culture, SMV has worked with various cultural groups to produce collaborative works, as well as providing studio space for other cultural groups and artistes to conduct their classes. Its black box theatre is also an official venue for events such as the Fringe World Festival.
The name is not only a team cry to strive and put all of one’s energy and focus into the drums, but the Japanese characters also resonate with the meaning “Sound of the Drum”. The members of this dynamic troupe have drawn from a wide variety of backgrounds and come together to study and display their love of the Japanese drums to the wider Perth audience.
Representing Perth's Chinese groups is the Chung Wah Dance Company. The company was formed in 1980 with the objective of promoting and preserving Chinese culture within multicultural Australia. The troupe performs classical and contemporary Chinese dance including the 'Han' and folk dances from a number of Chinese provinces.
Chung Wah Dance has performed at a number of events including Chinese New Year and Oz Concert.
Casa Del Compas
Casa Del Compas was formed by Spanish-born Farida Rabih. A professional flamenco dancer for the past 21 years, Farida has been a member ofa number of Flamenco groups including Alegrias, Encanto and Flamenco Puro.
Farida has performed in numerous community, corporate and theatre productions and events throughout WA with top local musicians including Steve Richter, Jose Giraldo and Manolo Muñoz and with international artists including Francesca Grima, Andrej Viujicic and Clarisa Di Salvo. Farida has also featured in KULCHA's ongoing multicultural programme.
Charlesworth Ballet Institute
The Charlesworth Ballet Institute has an esteemed history that dates back to 1960. The Institute is recognised and acclaimed nationally & internationally for its training methods. CBI has produced dancers who have gone on to achieve careers throughout the world.
A rave in Hollywood today, this 5,000 year old Indian ritual is used for auspiciousness, health and beauty. Highly intricate designs decorate the hands of the Indian brides! Visit our Henna stall to sample your traditional Indian herbal tattoo art!
$5 for small design
$10 for large design
Artybrellas - Umbrella Decorating
Colourful fun for all ages; create your own masterpiece on a decorative umbrella you can take home! Decorate and paint your own white fabric umbrella with all sorts of colours and glitters. A favourite with the young and old at our Festival.
$15 / participant
Each participant is supplied with an umbrella and all art material for decoration.
Camel rides at the Quay
Come and enjoy a camel ride on the banks of the Swan River, available for all ages.
Light a floating lamp
Light up the lives of those in need, by floating a lamp on the Quay.
Join as in making this Deepavali extra special through the act of giving.
$2 each or 3 lamps for $5
Note: Actual placing of lamps on the water will be performed by Festival Volunteers for safety reasons.
Nithya Chaithanya Kalari Martial Arts Academy
Nithya Chaithanya (N.C.) Kalari Martial Arts Academy, Delhi is a traditional Kalarippayattu institution established by Dr. Murugan Pillai Gurukal in northern part of India. N.C. Kalari Martial Arts Academy is situated in the capital of India, where the traditional martial arts are practiced and performed for more than two decades. It was Dr. Murugan Gurukkal, who revived this age old art in Northern India and gave it a new lease of life by drawing disciples from all over the world. N.C. Kalari Martial Arts Academy, Delhi group has taken Kalaripayattu to great heights. The NC Kalari is undertaking Ayurveda and Kalarippayattu in many European Countries. N.C. Kalari had trained a large number of students including foreigners in the art of Kalaripayattu. Some of the students have started Kalaripayattu classes as their own in their native countries. The NC Kalari, Delhi team has represented India in many international events on various occasions. The centre is a recipient of many national and international awards. During our performances, we had been to Israel, Palestine, Mauritius, Nigeria, Malaysia & China, etc. We provide lectures, demonstrations, exclusive workshops, elegant choreographic works and stunning mock fights.
Our tradition and reputation attracted many celebrities and we have performed Kalarippayattu before Presidents, Vice Presidents, Prime Ministers and many distinguished guests from different nations.
Hailing from a proud lineage of musicians, Nawaz Mirajkar began playing the tabla at the age of seven under the tutelage of his father, Ustad Mohammad Hanif Khan Mirajkar.
A Guinness Book record holder for drumming non-stop for over 27 hours, he was featured in Kaatril OruGeetham, a television programme which aired on channel Vasantham in 2013, in which he travelled across various states of India for inspiration and created a composition based on his experience and interpretations.
Nawaz has worked with world-renowned musicians including jazz pianist Louis Banks, award-winning sitarist Samuel J Dass, Dick Lee, famous slide guitarist Pandit Brijbushan Kabra, Rakesh Chaurasia, Anil Srinivas, Mandolin Rajesh and vocalist Bombay Jayashree. He has also collaborated with world famous dancers Rama Vaidyanathan (Bharatha Natyam) and Raka Maitra (Odissi). He has performed and conducted workshops all over the world, in Australia, China, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, the Phillipines, Taiwan and the US.
As a composer and conductor, he has worked on diverse productions, including Damaru, Water, Taal Express as well as Anthar Agni, which highlight his versatility and talent in blending traditional Indian classical and folk music with motifs and rhythm from different world music cultures.
Nawaz was a key member of the creative team for the production 'Feet on Fire' which will be presented at SFOL 2016. As the lead music composer, Nawaz played a vital role in the creative conceptualization of this kathak / flamenco collaborative work.
Perth Shinkary Club
Our troup is named PERTH SHINKARY CLUB. It consists of 20 members who are part of the Knanaya Catholic Community, Perth. Formed in 2013, PSC has been quite selective in participating at different functions.Annual function of Indian Cultural Society,Sero Malabar Church at Maddington, Malayali Association of Perth and Perth United malayali Association are some of the venues where PSC performed. James Joseph and Punnoose Thomas are the trainers of PSC while Salachan Abraham is the coordinator of the PSC.
The band was formed in 2015 and members have participated in various multicultural events across the Perth metropolitan areas including the OZ Concerts, City of Perth, Armadale, Bassendean, Mandurah and Fremantle. The trio has a wide repertoire of traditional and contemporary Chinese and Western music. The band members are well-known within the Chinese music community and specialised in traditional Chinese instruments including the Chinese bamboo flute, Chinese dulcimer, and the zither.
Wadumbah Indigenous Dance
Traditional Bibbulmunn Aboriginal dance and music performed with fun, passion and power! Wadumbah brings the Dreaming stories of the very first Australians alive in a performance that’s authentic and spectacular. Wearing traditional Aboriginal costumes, enhanced by awesome Didjeridoo playing and the hypnotic rhythm of the tapping sticks, our skilful performers and traditional presentation will entertain and enthrall your audience.
Ustad Dilshad Khan
Dilshad Khan born on 4th September, 1983 at Jodhpur in Rajasthan. Belongs to a Sikar Gharana of music who has given several stalwarts to Indian classical music. He is the ninth generation to take up Sarangi. His great grandfather Ustad Azim Khan shaab was a court musician at Sikar Rajasthan. He began his training at the age of 6 in music from his grandfather Ustad Gulab Khan Sahab who was a great sarangi player and vocalist of his time and from his father Ustad Nasir Khan Sahab who is also a great sitar player. Later he has started learning Sarangi from his uncle Padma Bhushan Ustad Sultan Khan Sahab, who is world’s most renowned Sarangi player and Vocalist. Ustad Sultan khan Sahab has given new dimension to Sarangi and he has played the key role in populariseng this ancient classical instrument of India. Dilshad Khan has given his first performance at the age of 10 at All India Radio Youth festival in Jodhpur. He is known today for his excellent command on this difficult instrument, already remarkably imbibed almost his great uncle’s entire repertoire with a similar command and mastery on the Sarangi. Indeed a chip of the old block. He is sharing stage these days with legends like Ustad Zakir Hussain, Trilok Gurtu, Ustad Gulam Mustafa Khan, Pt. Ajay Pohankar, ustad rashid khan, Pt. Ajay Chakarborty, Sivamani, Pt. Anindo Chatterjee, Lious bank, Aabida Parveen, Hariharan, Pankaj Udhas, Talat Aziz,Shankar Mahadevan, Pt. Rajan-Sajan Mishra, Ustad Fazal Qureshi, Nitin Swahney, Babani Kone, Juliet Robertz, Mickey Heart, Taufiq Qureshi and many more. He has played sarangi with Ustad Zakir Hussain in album Global Drum Project which won the prestigious Grammy Award in 2009. Dilshad Khan is also a famous name in bolllywood music industry, he has played for more than 500 bollywood movies. He have played Sarangi in hit films like Devdas, Namaste London, Mohabbatein, Goal, Rockstar, Faltu, Mausam, Guzaarish, Jhoom Bara Bar Jhoom, Kyunki, Red, Tere Naam, Dhobi Ghat just to name few. He have given many performances in all the major music festival and concerts in India like Savai Gandharva in pune, Saptak in Ahmedabad, Shankar lal music festival in Delhi etc.. He has performed in many prestigious venues in world like Royal Albert Hall, London, Japan, Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, Australia, Holland, USA, UAE, Muscat, Behrain etc. He is a beacon of the younger generation a wonderful product of talented nurture. He has the promising future in the field of music.
For festivals, fairs and community events Kite Kinetics can create a display which will decorate the sky with large kites which can be seen from afar. It can also provide a ground display with banners and windsocks. This will not only provide colour and atmosphere but attract people to the event. Kite Kinetics also designs and develops static exhibitions of two and three dimensional kite structures at galleries, halls, shopping centres, corporate buildings and foyers.
Kerala Community Group
The Kerala Community Group was conceived with an idea to provide Perth's local Keralamunity to share & care and keep up the spirit of their culture and traditions and come together to rejoice in a faraway land. Celebrations of Onam, X’Mas, Mother’s Day, Music Nights etc, provide opportunity for families to mingle and both children and parents to express their artistic talents. This keeps alive a strong bond with Kerala.
Dr Sarasa Krishnan
Dr. Sarasa Krishnan is an Indian classical dancer, teacher, choreographer, author and visual artist who has presented solo dance performances as well as painting exhibitions in Asia, Australia, UK, Europe and USA.Collaborating with various cultural dancers in Italy (Flamenco) and in musicians in France, Sarasa created Agni- Fuego at Fiesta Firenze in Florence, Italy and Rasa in Paris, France and Shakti the Eternal Energy in Scotland., she has initiated and performed inter and intra genre choreographies using painting and dance.
Presently the artistic director of Saraswati Mahavidhyalaya, she works within a multidisciplinary methodology informed by dance, painting and metaphysics and explores facets of transformation of consciousness in staged performance.
Born in Central North Island, New Zealand and of the Maori Tribe, Te Arawa, Antony has exhibited in New Zealand, North America and most recently in Perth where he now resides.
Antony works primarily in the painted and photographic mediums to convey his spiritual and intellectual manifestations. At the core of his recent projects is experimentation in that belief that all indigenous people are spiritually connected.. Through extensive travel, Antony's vision is one of Cultural tolerance and understanding where his work draws upon influences from his Native Maori culture, aboriginal belief systems.
Vick Riyazi (Vickneswaran Ramakrishnan or Vicky) as he is lovingly known had started learning tabla at the tender age of 7 under the tutelage of Rattan Singh in Malaysia. After a few years of training he then took further lessons under Didar Singh also from Malaysia. His passion for the instrument then drove him later to pursue the art of tabla as his career.
In 1998, Vicky went to Pune, India to undergo special training in Tabla under the tutelage of Ustad Hanif Mohamed Mirajkar who is the son of the legendary tabla wizard Ustad Mehboob Khan Saheb. During his 4 year stay in India, Vicky excelled in the art and was given good opportunities to play for internationally renouned artists namely, Ustad Usman Khan who is the international Dean for Hindusthani Classical Music for the Temple of Fine Arts international, and also participated in the Temple of Fine Arts International Orchestras which was conducted by Pandit Chandrakant Kapileshwari (vocal). Vicky completed his training in Pune and acquired Tabla Visharad from the institute of Gandharva Mahavidyalaya in Pune and then went on to Perth where he is currently the tabla teacher for the Temple of Fine Arts, Perth.Vicky has been performing in various fields which includes Kathak, vocal, instrumental and of late has been venturing into the field of Fusion Music and World Music.
His main aim is to carry out the dreams of his spiritual master the late Swami Shantanand Saraswathi Maharaj in the field of Tabla.
Praashekh Borkar, the young talented musician from Pune, along with his younger brother Abhishek features amongst the finest Musicians of the younger generation in India. Praashekh showed profound enthusiasm for this noble art from a very early age. After having toyed with a mini-Sarod since the age of four, he started taking serious lessons from the age of seven from his father and guru Pt.Shekhar Borkar and has been playing the sarod for over 19 years and performing for more than 16 years now.
Praashekh has also performed at the prestigious Pune festival, M.T.D.C. festival, Haridas sangeet sammelan and several more. He was awarded the Dattopant Deshpande trophy at the prestigious Sawai Gandharva festival,Pune by Pt.Shiv Kumar Sharma in the year 2000. All India Gold medalist in Music. India central government scholarship holder for music. Given the title of 'Surmani' in 2006 by Sur-Singar sammelan ,Mumbai. Completed Sangeet Alankaar (MA in music). Worked with AR Rahman for film projects, Shankar Mahadevan on an album and several other movie background scores and albums. Regular performer at All India Radio and National television,India.
Praashekh has composed music for numerous dance ballets and serials in which one of the tracks was selected as background score for 'Kumbh', a film based on Kumbhmela presented for the French film festival. Achieved 1st place in numerous competitions such as Swar Sadhana All india Competition, Kalyani inter college trophy, etc. A recent collaboration on a song 'Naive' with a singer has been nominated for the GIMA, VIMA and India Rock Awards. Has played at grand venues such as the Tilak Smarak auditorium Pune, Shanmukhanda Hall Mumbai, Goa Kala Academy- in India and Raffles Hall, Victoria Theatre, The Esplanade Singapore, Friestadt music centre, Landestheater Linz Austria, Perth Royal Show, MosArts theatre, Northbridge piazza - Australia. He has invented an electric sarod that he has named the Esarod, a combination of the Sarod and an electric guitar that he uses for his fusion performances.
Greg Nannup from Indigenous Tours WA is a local Wadjuk man with very strong family connections to the Swan River and South West of Western Australia. He has been delivering Indigenous walking tours in Fremantle and Kings Park for the past 15 years and has vast knowledge of local stories and traditions.
Greg is currently involved in the Wadjuk Dreaming Festival Art Exhibition and would like to invite you all to come and view some fantastic local Indigenous artwork down at Atwell Gallery in Melville on Saturday and Sunday. (Facebook.com/wadjuk).