The Durga Chronicles
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The Durga Chronicles


Sat 7 Oct 2023 - Sun 8 Oct 2023


5.00 pm - 5.50 pm (The Durga Chronicles - Performance)
6.00 pm - 7.30 pm (Circles of Conversation)


2 hours


Bunjil Place Studio

Inspired by contemporary, classical Indian postmodern aesthetics, this rich work uses music, dance and stunning visuals, along with an exquisite, moving Carnatic choir of 12 women, to create a spectacular, immersive storytelling experience that is both harrowing and moving.

The Durga Chronicles by Priya Srinivasan is a collaboration with Uthra Vijay, Philipa Rothfield and supported by Govin Ruben, Hari Sivanesan, Marcus Salvagno, Priyadarsini Govind, Lalita Ramona Yagnik and the Keerthana Women’s Choir. With special guests Menaka Thomas and Susmitha Ravi. 

In Hindu mythology, Durga is the Goddess of protection, motherhood and war; recognised as the carrier of feminine strength. The Durga Chronicles draws on the stories of women who have been harmed in different parts of the world and harnesses the force of Durga to provoke empowered resistance against gendered violence. 

Winner of the Prestigious 2023 Green Room Award for “Breaking Ground” which is an unprecedented event in the history of Australian dance. 

The Durga Chronicles premiered at Melbourne’s Arts House in 2022 to great acclaim with support from Creative Victoria, Australia Council, Insite Arts, Abbotsford Convent, VicHealth, Indian Care and MAV. 

Following each performance there will be circles of conversation with diverse, multicultural, inter-faith community members, leaders, psychologists and social justice workers to discuss resistance against gendered violence and to empower those who identify as women. Please stay and join us to discuss these important issues.

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Dates and Times
Immediately following the performance on Saturday 7 October and Sunday 8 October
6.00 pm – 7.30 pm
Duration: 1 hour
Free for all ticket holders 

The Circles of Conversation event explores the themes and topics presented in The Durga Chronicles from financial abuse to shame and allyship. The event is curated by Veronica Pardo (former CEO Multicultural Arts Victoria, Executive Director Arts Access Australia) and Malavika Kadwadkar, in collaboration with other cultural leaders. 

The format is a deliberate departure from western style panels. The room is set up with round tables, each with a topic, a host and a scribe. Chai and samosa is served and audiences are invited to mingle and move between tables. Curator Veronica Pardo invites leaders to share their discussions, experience and strategies. Following the event, resources are available via the Bunjil Place website.  


The performance explores and features imagery depicting gendered violence, sexual assault, sexual abuse, sexual violence and adult themes. Abrupt lighting changes and possible smoke effects, haze, strobe lighting and flashing lights.



  • Original Concept and Artistic Director: Priya Srinivasan
  • Choir Musical Director, Composer and Arrangement: Uthra Vijay
  • Co-Performance Director and Co-Choreographer: Priya Srinivasan
  • Co-Performance Director and Co-Choreographer: Philipa Rothfield
  • Composer, Arrangement and Musician: Hari Sivanesan
  • Production Design: Govin Ruben
  • Filmmaker: Marcus Salvago
  • Dancer and Collaborator (on film): Priyadarsini Govind
  • Dancer: Priya Srinivasan
  • Choir: Keerthana Music School with guest artists Susimitha Ravi and Menaka Thomas 
  • Producers: Insite Arts 
  • Curator - Circles of Conversation: Veronica Pardo

The Durga Chronicles Trailer

 The Durga Chronicles 1

Durga Chronicles 2

Durga Chronicles 3

Read the review of The Durga Chronicles on Stage Whispers

Hero Image: Devika Chauhan Bilimoria
Other Images: Tiffany Garvie


Saturday 7 October
5.00 pm - 5.50 pm (Performance)
6.00 pm - 7.30 pm (Circles of Conversation)

Sunday 8 October
5.00 pm - 5.50 pm (Performance)
6.00 pm - 7.30 pm (Circles of Conversation)


Adult $20.00
Concession $15.00 (pensioner, senior, full time student)

Please note: A Service fee of $3.00 applies to bookings made online and by phone (unless tickets are free of charge). Delivery Fees may also apply.

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