Schedule of activities, performances, workshops & demonstrations
Schedule of activities, performances, workshops & demonstrations
An evening of music and dance, featuring legendary sitar maestro Ustad Usman Khan, followed by ‘Dance Conversations’, a production by Malaysian-based award-winning performing arts company TFA and Australian based arts organisation, Saraswati Mahavidhyalaya. Co-presented by Confluence Festival of India in Australia.
From 4.30 pm until 9.00 pm each day
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.
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.
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.
Farida Rabih established Casa Del Compás which means "Home of the Beat”in Bibra Lake in 2005 and continues to welcome students of all ages and levels. In addition to ongoing classes and courses with international guest artists, students of Casa Del Compás enjoy a wonderful sense of community, sharing a passion for Spanish music and dance through their regular classes, intensive workshops with international guests artists and special social events. All dancers are encouraged to perform in their annual school concert and those who reach advanced level are provided with opportunities to present their work throughout the year.
Charlesworth Ballet Institute offers two programmes; Charlesworth Ballet College (CBC), and Charlesworth Ballet School. Dancers performing in the Swan Festival of Lights are students from CBI. CBI, is a professional dance training programme designed to nurture and develop the young dancer to enable him or her to achieve a career in dance. With the high demands for work in the dance industry CBC has devised a solid, diverse training programme, which includes Classical, Contemporary, Spanish & Character Dance, Music, Theory and Performance. Classical Ballet makes up the major component of the courses studied and uses the Vaganova method of training considered the finest syllabus for classical ballet.
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.
We are the newly created Okinawan traditional dance group based in Perth, Western Australia. Organisers have been trained traditional Okinawan dance in Okinawa for several years and have passion to show in Australia. Okinawa is the southern island in Japan and has its own unique culture. Through our performance, feel the breathe, music, and move to your heart.
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.
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.
We don't see the Mystic Kabir as a "saint". To us, he is just a human being who had the guts to speak his mind.
Neeraj Arya's 6 years of relentless research in picking up, understanding and performing the verses of Kabir is the backbone behind Kabir Cafe. Largely influenced by renowned Kabir Folk Singer Padmashri Prahladji Tippaniya, Neeraj has pioneered the genre known as Kabir Rock.
We at Neeraj Arya's Kabir Cafe are on a quest to ensure Kabir's verses are accessible and comprehensible through contemporary music to the rest of the world, who are alienated from traditional Kabir folk music.
Subhashini draws inspiration from her music and conveys her experiences through art.
“Colour, Emotion and Music are the most interesting subjects for me. Being a visual artist trained in Indian classical music, my interest lies in understanding the intimate relationship between these three aspects of human experience”.
As a young artist of the 21st century she dares to experiment with new materials and techniques, whilst maintaining the essence of Indian tradition in art by introducing elements of it in her imagery, thus chartering her own course in her creations. She is greatly influenced by Ragamala miniature paintings of the 16th century, that combined music, poetry and painting to express the beauty and uniqueness of the Raga, inspiring and impelling her to eagerly try reviving that art form and find its relevance to contemporary art practice is perhaps a natural course.
With her grandfather and father both being artists, it is not surprising that Subhashini has taken to the field. Starting her quest quite early under her father Maniam Selven, she moved on to get a degree in Drawing & Painting from Stella Maris College , Madras University.
Her artistic journey continued in Singapore at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, where she pursued her Masters in Contemporary art with the University of Huddersfield, UK. A recipient of ‘Dedicated Practice Award’ in recognition of her outstanding work during the course, Subhashini continues her journey here in Perth after her move to Australia.
Subashini currently teaches South Indian Classical music and Veena at Saraswati Mahavidhyalaya, and conducts art workshops in various art centres in Perth and Fremantle.
In 1981 a lamp was lit to symbolise the beginning of something very beautiful for the Malaysian arts and culture scene. The aim was to guide Malaysian youth to rediscover the cultural and artistic wealth of their forefathers and to make it relevant to themselves and for future generations to come. With the guiding principle of “Art Just for the Love of It”, The Temple of Fine Arts (TFA) was born through the vision of H.H. Swami Shantanand Saraswati and with the support of two extraordinary dance icons, Gopal Shetty and Sivadas, and their respective spouses, Ratha and Vatsala.
Conceptualised as the performing wing of The Temple of Fine Arts International, TFA Inner Space Dance is an award-winning performing arts company that aspires to push the boundaries of traditional norms of dance creation and presentation. ISD explores and innovates on well-loved themes and ideas in a totally original and contemporary manner that spills beyond traditional boundaries, breaking down habituated perceptions and notions of what dance is so as to capture the attention and abiding interest of art lovers of all races for our unique genre of dance. ISD seeks to produce new and creative works annually in collaboration with diverse artistes and arts forms with the intent to inspire young artists, engage the community at a grass roots level and finally to create a platform that will provide artists the ability to become wholly available for the creation of innovative forms of artistic expression.