Chief guest Julie Owens says home-grown talent a true representation of the growth of multiculturalism
The Bharatiya Sangeet Academy, on 15 April, presented a day of music and dance at Riverside Theatres, Parramatta. The show was inaugurated by Swami Sunishthananda, followed by a Saraswati Vandan dance by Michelle Khurana.
The morning session had a combination of Hindustani classical vocal recitals and classical dances, kicked off in earnest by a group of children who performed the Saraswati Vandana.
The classical Hindustani vocal recitals by Kakoli Mukherjee and Parth Upadhyay were exquisite in content and depth. Also included was a Kathak dance by Lolita Venkatraman.
A delectable fare was also presented by Sandipan Ganguli (on sarod), Subrata De (sitar) and Tapas Guhathakurata (tabla), while the students of Bharatiya Sangeet Academy ably supported the morning proceeding with their Raagmala performance.
The evening was a potpourri of light music and dances. The energetic Kathak performance by Cheryl was the highlight of the day, and after the pulsating dance she explained the great influence of the dance form in Bollywood choreography.
Julie Owens, Labour Federal Member in the Australian Parliament, was the chief guest for the evening session, and recollected her brush with Indian music when she was studying the arts. Julie felt that home-grown talent is a true representation of the growth of multiculturalism in the country.