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Encounters: India Festival

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by Debra Lidster (subscribe)
Debra, a stay-at-home mum of three, loves experiencing and sharing all that Brisbane has to offer; especially southside secrets.
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Brisbane will have its own Little India for seven days in May when Encounters: India takes over South Bank Parklands. Taking place from May 13 to May 19, 2013 at seven South Bank locations, from the Griffith Film School to the Gallery of Modern Art, Encounters has something for everyone.


Presented by Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University, the festival's main focus is music with more than fifty concerts and recitals; from operas, orchestras, ensembles, and world-class soloists. International performers include Patricia Rozario (UK), Aneesh Pradhan (India), Shubha Mudgal (India) and more. Click here to view the full musical program including dawn ragas, free hour-long lunchtime concerts, and excellent evening performances. Besides music, Encounters' eclectic program includes film, fashion, food, dance, drama, and even cricket. These are just some of the highlights.

100 Years of Indian Film

India produced its first feature film in 1913. To celebrate one hundred years of Indian film, Griffith Film School has selected one hundred films from India to be shown in a continuous screening in the film school's foyer for free, from May 10 until May 19.


The Cricket Banquet

The Cricket Banquet is a cabaret celebration of Sir Donald Bradman, cricket and Indian cuisine. Taking place at the Old Museum on Thursday, May 16 from 7:30pm to 11:30pm, over eighty artists will take part in this gala affair; including sopranos Patricia Rozario and Greta Bradman (The Don's granddaughter), a big band, a barbershop quartet, and surprise performers. The sumptuous menu, created by Suneel Lalwani and Manju Jehu, is catered by the West End's Bombay Dhaba Restaurant. Tickets cost $160 per person including food, drinks, and entertainment. Costumes are encouraged (think vintage India circa 1953).

Indian Bazaar

Experience incredible India without leaving Brisbane when South Bank's Cultural Forecourt converts into an Indian Bazaar; with street stalls of food, fashion, craft, henna, and more. This free, family-friendly event will feature music, dance, and a traditional Indian wedding tent. The Bazaar will be at South Bank from 9am to 6pm on Saturday, May 18 and 9am to 4pm on Sunday, May 19.

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Beyond Bollywood

After the Bazaar on Saturday night, head to the Courier-Mail Piazza for a free, community event Beyond Bollywood. Hosted by Australian-Indian actor and Bollywood star Nicholas Brown, this 'vibrant variety night' will prove that there's more to Indian music and dance than Bollywood. Beyond Bollywood runs from 6pm until late.

Tagore in Australia

Encounters will close on Sunday, May 19 with Tagore in Australia: An Australian Song Cycle. This special concert, featuring soprano Greta Bradman and her accompanist Leigh Harrold, traverses Rabindranath Tagore's ( Nobel Prize winning poet and philosopher) world of philosophy and imagination in Australian music. Tickets cost $30 per person for the 3:30pm performance at the Queensland Conservatorium.
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Why? Experience India without leaving Brisbane
When: May 13 to May 19, 2013
Phone: 3735 6241
Where: South Bank Parklands
Cost: Free and ticketed events
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