The journey of an artist is never very smooth. It takes hard toil to carve out skills as an artist. For Aishveryaa Nidhi or Aish, a versatile Sydney based theatre artist; acting is much more than just performance. It is a passion, a desire that knows no bounds.
Aish has won millions of hearts by making her every character live. And, in this odyssey to stardom, she has faced all odds to relive the theatre in Sydney.
The main motive of an artist is to entertain. She does it and acts her role with high degree of commitment. She entrains by giving best of her talent. The passion and power in whatever she represents on stage leaves an ineradicable impression on her spectators. Her performance makes the theatre alive and the audience gets so much engrossed that they hardly differentiate between reality and drama. She has performed extensively in India, New Zealand, USA, Sydney and Melbourne.
Aish relocated to Australia in 2001 and from then on she has been on heels to promote theatre in Australia. Her love for theatre was from decades. While studying in Delhi University she was associated with Asmita Theatre Group.
‘Gandhari’ is one of her memorable performances in which she plays 14 different characters from the Vyasa’s Mahabharata. She changes her stance beautifully from one character to other and it makes it easy for the viewers to distinguish the characters.
The creative bandwidth is extensive. From Bertolt Brecht’s ‘The Good Woman of Schezwan’ to John Birmingham’s ‘Leviathan’ and Vyasa’s Mahabharata’s Gandhari to Yash Chopra’s superhit film Bachna-e- Haseeno, she has excelled in genres of comedy, romance, tragedy and more. Even she has worked with many famous Indian theatre personalities like Sunil Sinha, Amita Udgatha,Ranjit Kapoor, Arvind Gaur, Ashok Lal, Hema Singh, Suresh Bhardwaj, Davendra Ankur and Mahesh Dattani.
Her plays like Neena Badhwar’s ‘Quarantine’, Felino Dolllso’s ‘Let’s shoot Max instead’, Elizabeth Warning’s ‘Almost Boiling’ and David Sharpe’s ‘Mandragora’ that deals with a young man battling his emotions post a serious car accident are some of the acclaimed plays and theatre productions.
Even she is the first Indian artist to get nominated for best Actress in Short and Sweet Festival in 2009. She is invited again to work with Sydney Theatre Company by resident director Stefo Nanatsou in ‘Any other way’ to be performed at STC, Whart 2 on 19th and 20th July, firstly being ‘Leviathan’ where she helped to add an Indian chapter to the play of 250 cast. Opera Australia invited her to be a coach for movements, gestures and physicality for Emma Mathews, the lead and the crew.
Trained in film production as well, she is also the Associate Producer of the 2006 Hollywood drama-mystery ‘Beyond Life.’ She has also produced and directed the Aussie-Bollywood flick ‘Flight to Bollywood’.
With a determination to promote art & culture from Indian sub continent , she started ‘Abhinay School of Performing Arts’ in 2009.
Even an acting workshop with Arvind Gaur was conducted in 2007 which was attended by 20 people of different age groups.
“In Sanskrit language, Abhinay stands for art of performing and same if the motive of this school’ The school is dedicated to inspire and cultivate creative works, quest for artistic endeavors and to bring different cultures together ”, says Aishveryaa.
“This academy has played host to plethora of events including play-writing workshops, Hindi Divas celebrations, Abhinay Rang Mahotsav, Abhinay Utsav ,Musical evening – Yeh Shaam Mastani, participation in Short and Sweet Theatre festival, Sydney and New Delhi etc. It provides platform to various artists, writers, directors ,dancers, singers, musician’s to come forward and also showcase their work, “she adds “It is my passion to promote Indian culture stories among multicultural audiences. I love to nurture and promote local talent and showcase Indian stories written by Indian Australians” we have been able to create interest among Australian audiences in Indian stories and Indian talent’ says Aish.
Recently she acted in Stanley Joseph’s ‘My Cornerstone’ where she walked the red carpet at preview of the film at Fox Studios on 12th June.