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Confluence A Festival of India in Australia

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Confluence: A Festival of India is a unique 12-week cultural event showcasing the rich and diverse culture of India across 7 major Australian cities.

From the Opera House in Sydney, Federation Square in Melbourne, QPAC in Brisbane, the Festival Centre in Adelaide, Old Parliament in Canberra and His Majesty's Theatre in Perth, Confluence will enthral audiences with an extraordinary range of performances.

The Canberra program is highlighted with special events, including contemporary puppeteer Dadi Pudumjee in Transposition; Nrityagram Dance Ensemble in Sriyah; The Kalakshetra Foundation in the expressive dance piece Jataya Moksham and much more!

View the program below:

  • 17th September: The Bollywood Workshop at Canberra Theatre Centre Forecourt, Civic Square, 5pm-7pm (FREE ENTRY)

    A free Bollywood Workshop by Gillies Chuyen!

    Trained in France in Folk, Modern Jazz, Ballet and Contemporary dance styles, Gilles Chuyen has been working in India since 1994 with various dance forms such as Chhau Mayurbhanj, Kathak and Bharatnatyam. He has been teaching Bollywood dance style extensively in India, the U.K and South Africa.

  • 17th September: The Raghu Dixit Project at Canberra Theatre Centre, Canberra, 7pm ($30)

    The Raghu Dixit Project is one of India's foremost bands in its genre. Earthy, rooted, colourful, vibrant, simple yet highly enjoyable are some of the words that describe the music of The Raghu Dixit Project. Often hailed as India's biggest cultural & musical export his music is strongly rooted in Indian traditions and culture and is presented with a very contemporary, global sound.

  • 23rd September: Sonam Kalra and The Sufi Gospel Project at James O Fairfax Theatre, National Gallery of Australia (NGA), 7pm ($15-$25)

    Multiple award winning singer and composer Sonam Kalra is that rare breed of musician who has been trained in both Indian and Western traditions of music and is equally adept at both.

    Sonam's unique brainchild, 'The Sufi Gospel Project' which blends the many voices of faith, through poetry, prayer and music to create one universal voice of faith, has earned her international critical acclaim.


  • 25th September: Sriyah: Nrityagram Dance Ensemble The Playhouse, Canberra Theatre Centre, 6.30pm ($35)

    Ancient dance in a modern era - Sriyah is an exquisite Indian dance from the Nrityagram Dance Ensemble, whose vibrant costumes and lively yet fluid movements depict an ornately carved Hindu temple springing into life and colour.

  • 2nd & 3rd October: Pung Cholom Jawaharlal Nehru Manipur Dance Academy at Commonwealth Park, Canberra, 1.40pm / 2.40pm (FREE ENTRY)

    The Pung Cholom is a unique classical dance of Manipur.In this style, the dancers play the pung (a form of hand beaten drum) while they dance at the same time. They use acrobatic movements without breaking the rhythm or flow of music.

    The dance is marked by a gentle rhythm, which gradually builds up to a thunderous climax. Pung cholom borrows elements from the Manipuri martial arts Thang Ta and Sarit Sarak.

  • 12th October: Transposition: Ishara International Puppet Trust at The Playhouse, Canberra Theatre Centre, 7.30pm ($35)

    Transposition features three large puppets and dancers with projections and a dramatic recorded music score with chants. It's a non-verbal, no text performance, to music with some narration in-between poems and sayings from various poets including Rumi, Thomas Mann and others.

  • 8th November: Jatayu Moksham at The Playhouse, Canberra Theatre Centre, 7.30pm ($35)

    Kalakshetra repertory artistes will perform the Jatayu Moksham, a piece from the epic Ramayana, depicting the story of the slaying of the noble eagle, Jatayu, a friend of Rama, the protagonist, by Lankan king Ravana when he is escaping with the abducted Sita, Rama's wife.


    Register your interest now by clicking on the above links or here. Early bookings are advised as places are limited.

    For more information on this exciting event, please visit the official website.


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