Arangetram exemplifies yesterday’s art with today’s debutant

Arangetram exemplifies yesterday’s art with today’s debutant

Venkat Raman Bharata Natyam teachers, enthusiasts and debut artistes choose at one item in a dance concert to extol the qualities of Lord Shiva, who is revered as ‘Lord Nataraja,’ or ‘The King of Dances.’ He constitutes the continuity of this ancient Classical Dance of South India, which is now gaining increasing popularity around the world. Extolling Lord Shiva in…

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Teenage debutante scores with sublime performance

Teenage debutante scores with sublime performance

Venkat Raman Reviewing a Bharata Natyam Arangetram is always a challenging and interesting exercise. Does one praise the debutante as a measure of encouragement or provide a critical review which may disillusion the artiste and enrage his or her guru, parents and supporters? However, teenager Akshaya Pushparajah won the hearts of the audience with an almost perfect performance at her…

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RNZ needs strategic leadership to promote musical diversity

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Michael Norris After a week-long controversy, New Zealand’s public broadcaster Radio New Zealand (RNZ) has withdrawn a proposal to axe its classical music station RNZ Concert. But despite the sudden backtrack, RNZ Concert isn’t safe yet. Whatever the final outcome of RNZ’s rethink, it is clear that the board and management placed little value on the significant role the station plays in New Zealand…

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Double Carnatic Music debut for youngster in Chennai

Double Carnatic Music debut for youngster in Chennai

Venkat Raman We have long held the view that while there are professional organisations such as the New Zealand Carnatic Music Society, Sangeetha Bharathi School of Music and Rasikas New Zealand promoting Carnatic Music and budding singers and instrumentalists, and while there are parents encouraging them, the success of our young men and women depend on their own commitment and…

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Chaos of Indian film industry of 1970s comes to Theatre

My Heart Goes Thadak Thadak at Q Theatre from November 21 Supplied Content In the lead up to the silly season, audiences will get a chance to become extras in a boisterous new play from visionary writer and director Ahi Karunaharan. Playing at Q Theatre from November 21 to December 14, 2019, ‘My Heart Goes Thadak Thadak’ channels the controlled…

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Singer from Canada takes Tamil Karaoke Star Title

Venkat Raman Ramya Ramachandran, a Resident of Toronto, Canada won the ‘Tamil Karaoke Star 2019’ title at the finals of the contest held in Auckland on Saturday, October 12, 2019. Her winning songs (with $1000 cash prize and a Trophy) were ‘En Mel Vizhunthal’ and ‘Kaatre En Vaasal Vanthaai’ (composed by A R Rahman respectively for  Tamil films ‘May Matham’…

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First Collection of local poetry launched

Staff Reporter The Auckland based Urdu Hindi Cultural Association of New Zealand launched its first book containing a collection of poems written by local bards. Association Patron and National MP Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi released the Book, called, ‘Safed Badlon Ke Desh Mein,’ (‘Aotearoa’ or ‘In the Land of the Long White Cloud’) on Sunday, October 20, 2019 in West Auckland.…

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