Deeply rooted in Indian classical music traditions, Sudha Manian started her training in Indian classical music and dance: Sitar and Bhartnatyam at the age of nine with her Gurus in Hyderabad, India. Sudha is wholeheartedly committed to her art and her passion is contagious as she performs amazing music and gives students insight into the most recognizable Indian instrument – the Sitar
Immerse your students in the culture of ancient India that is still practiced to this day. After an amazing performance set to the sound of classical instruments and Sanskrit chants students will learn some of the symbolic gestures and movements and the stories they tell
Yoga and Bollywood dance teacher Valli will introduce students to the symbolism and cultural history of yoga. She uses flowing yoga postures and classical hand gestures with meditation and breath techniques that are suitable to the age and ability of students. This program energises and engages students in this ancient practice. Valli also offers a Yoga Infusion Program comprising a course of four sessions.
Rhythm Empire is a theatrical multicultural music and dance extravaganza featuring rhythms, dances, instruments, language and costumes from across the ancient world. The colourful history and cultures of the Silk Road come to life when audiences join the performance, to barter, trade, and perform in a rollicking world music jam!
Hailed by parents and teachers as a one-woman-multicultural-rock-concert-for-kids, Jungle Shimmy is a dynamic music and dance adventure across the world! With colourful props and fun, easy-to-follow dances including Belly Dance, Bollywood, Bhangra, Turkish, Egyptian, Gulf and Lebanese folk styles, everybody is up on their feet dancing. The shrill cry of a zaghareet, exotic instruments, rhythms like Khaleegi, Maqsoum and Beledi, and a unique hand made puppet theatre draws audiences of all ages into a captivating world of culture and creative self-expression.
Discover some of the most significant instruments of Indian classical and contemporary music with this program presented by some of India’s foremost musicians, now based in Melbourne. Jay Dabgar presents the Tabla, India’s most popular percussion instrument. The tabla consists of a pair of drums and is the fastest played percussion instrument in the world! Jay is an award-winning tabla player who has been steeped in Indian musical traditions throughout his life, training for eighteen years and coming from a long line of tabla makers and players. Vinod Prassana presents the Bansuri, a bamboo flute that is the chosen instrument of Lord Krishna and one of the oldest musical instruments of India. Vinod comes from a family who’s flute playing history dates back two and a half centuries. Since residing in Australia Vinod has continued his work as a performing and recording artist, craftsman and teacher promoting the Bansuri and Indian traditional and contemporary music.
Introduce your students to Arabic cultures through stories and movement. The traditional meaning behind a belly dance routine is taught to students in this engaging and high-energy program! From classical music to modern pop and dance styles from Egypt to the Arabian Gulf.
Bollywood is an important part of modern Indian culture, it incorporates film, music and of course – dance! This program presents a vibrant Bollywood Dance workshop where students will learn about the folk and classical origins or the dances and the symbolism of some of the moves. Students will learn a short routine backed by awesome Bollywood tunes and get to try some colourful props and outfits too.