Colours of India at home
Travelling to India right at this moment is, for most of us, an impossibility. That’s why, in this 75th anniversary year of India’s independence, a journey on the wings of Indian art and culture is to be welcomed. Independent of travel restrictions, the soul is free to go where it will.
Presented by Saraswati Mahavidhyalaya (SMV) and Annalakshmi on the Swan, Antaryana: Musical Journey Within is a spectacular production running over two days and featuring nearly 100 actors, dancers and musicians. The production tells the story of Rasika, a young musician influenced by her grandfather and by her visit to the holy cities of North India.
Among the artists comprising SMV students and professional musicians from the wider community are 50 classical Indian vocalists (Carnatic and Hindustani), 25 percussionists and instrumentalists performing on instruments such as the veena, violin, sarod, sitar and table, and 15 actors and dancers clad in colourful costumes and showcasing India’s diverse dance styles.
Over the two days, patrons will be transported to such places as Chennai, Kanchipuram, Marudhamalai, Vrindavan, Varanasi and Rishikesh by the foothills of the Himalayas.
Team member Sowbhagya Nagendran explains: “We walk in the footsteps of a young girl, Rasika, who is unaware of her purpose, on a journey, unsure of the destination as she discovers the wonders of India with her grandfather, Nritin. The journey that Rasika takes throughout the production reflects the journey of her soul as a musician —AntarYn — and how she discovers the inspiration for her music — art for the love of it.”
Saraswati Mahavidhyalaya and Annalakshmi are known for serving the West Australian community with their popular Swan Festival of Lights: Celebrating Deepavali Together, held on the Perth Foreshore since 2008.
Volunteer head of SMV’s community engagement Arun Krishnan says: “All other aspects relating to Swan Festival of Lights such as ‘Serve, Love and Give’ as well as ‘Art — just for the love of it’ remain the same.
“The one big difference with the current production, however, is that the entire effort is the brainchild of, and is undertaken primarily by, the youth wing of our organisation. As such, they bring in fresh ideas, modes of presentation and the items on offer.”
Antaryana — Musical Journey Within is on Saturday, August 7, 2021 and Sunday, August 8, 2021 at the John Curtin College of the Arts, Fremantle. Tickets are sold on the basis of “Pay what your heart feels”. See smv.org.au/events for more details.
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