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Poetry by first generation Australian Sikh spoken word artist, educator, performer & human rights reformer Sukhjit Kaur Khalsa that speaks to the experiences of coming from the Indian/Sikh/female diaspora. Her poetry will be told through a musical journey of a western and Indian fusion with powerful and etherial vocals by Aarti Jadu and Pavan Kumar Hari on keyboard.
Sukhjit Kaur Khalsa is a first generation Australian Sikh spoken word artist, educator, performer & human rights reformer.
Sukhjit is passionate about diversity and the importance of visibility in the performing arts and inherently merges her advocacy background with the arts. Her work predominantly provokes conversations around Australian identity, feminism, cultural confusions, and the power of uncomfortable conversations.
Within a short period, Sukhjit has gone from performing at the Opera House for the Australian Poetry Slam Competition in 2014 to performing on national television for Australia’s Got Talent, and most recently she was a speaker at TedxUWA. She has shared the stage with renowned artists such as Missy Higgins and L-FRESH the Lion and her performances and workshops have led her to tour USA, Canada, UK and South East Asia, as well as across our very own nation.
Sukhjit is currently co-commissioned to write and perform 'Fully Sikh' with Barking Gecko Theatre Company and Black Swan State Theatre Company in Western Australia for their 2019 season.
Genre is an illusion, at least in the case of contemporary music. While some artists will often place one foot in a tangible context, their other foot is moving restlessly towards several directions.
After spending the last 4 months in a relatively sterile suburban landscape outside of Perth, Aarti has grown to appreciate her immediate surroundings and come up with, yet again, another way to tell her stories.
She acquired a sampler no earlier than mid 2017, and thereafter spent some time in semi seclusion, and now is ready to debut her first recorded production. This performance pays respect to her many influences and practices, from Indian music and chanting to ambient and songwriting.
Her notable works include 'Quiet Earth' a collaborative album with Matt Coldrick (2016), collaborations with electronic artists such as Kaya Project, Pan Electric, Shunya, High Tea., to name a few, and Tincture, a series of experimental intimate art performances, designed to create mindful listening.
Pavan Kumar Hari is a composer, performer, dancer and director who creates vibrant, dynamic, expressive and dramatic music for theatre, film, dance and the concert hall.
Pavan has been performing since the age of three in dance and music productions, and has always loved the performing arts. He initially studied dance and music at the Indian School of Performing Arts, Saraswati Mahavidhyalaya. He then progressed to study Composition and Percussion at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, where he plays percussion and piano, and is studying in his 3rd year of his Bachelor of Music.
Pavan’s compositions have featured in main stage dance and theatre productions at the WA Academy of Performing Arts, and he has been commissioned to create music for upcoming professional productions with Barking Gecko Company and Black Swan Theatre Company. Many of his works have been premiered by the award-winning Defying Gravity percussion ensemble. Pavan has been a member of the Western Australian Youth Orchestra, Western Australian Charity Orchestra, Western Australian Wind Symphony, Defying Gravity Percussion Ensemble and recently took part in the Australian Youth Orchestra’s National Music Camp. He has also recently performed with the Perth Symphony Orchestra as a guest artist on the Indian drums, Tabla.