A three hour Indian dance and music extravaganza that celebrates South Asian culture!
Enjoy a unique experience that reflects, debates and celebrates the journey of South Asian Arts in Australia.
Long Pasts, Possible Futures of South Asian Australian Arts is a free, three hour program in the Studio lead by local Indian dance and music groups. The event also features a discussion panel that will be looking at South Asian Art within Melbourne and its evolution over the past few years followed by refreshments.
Waves of South Asian migration from the 1970s, 80s and 90s and those post 2000 have changed and shaped how we view South Asian arts. Melbourne, in particular, has a history of rich engagement with the South Asian classical arts.
Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, artists practicing these art forms thrived in the Australian mainstream across major institutions and festivals. Icons of this movement join new generations of artists to discuss how this history has shaped the potential for these arts in the future; taking into consideration the current lack of diversity in mainstream venues and festivals. The performances and panels offer a window into performance cultures from diverse backgrounds, cultural and social shifts and the chance of shaping a new future.
This event is curated by Dr Priya Srinivasan and Hari Sivanesan.
Light refreshments provided. Spaces are limited, so bookings are essential!