Various shows by Indian artistes including The Kalakshetra Foundation, Sonam Kalra and the Sufi Gospel Project, the Ishara Puppet Theatre Trust, the Raghu Dixit Project, will tour seven Australian cities as part of a 12-week-long cultural extravaganza.

Called ‘Confluence: Festival of India’, this first-of-its-kind Indian music and dance festival is an initiative of Indian government supported by its Australian counterpart.

The festival opened at the iconic Sydney Opera House with an inaugural concert with performances by drummers from the Jawaharlal Nehru Manipur Dance Academy, Odissi, Kathak, and Bharatanatyam dancers. Australian aboriginal dancers, too, among many others performed in the two-hour-long showcase.

The six others cities the festival will travel to are: Adelaide, Alice Springs, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, and Perth. Other than the music, dance, theatre, spoken word poetry and other performing arts showcases, a Khadi fashion showing curated by Sunaina Suneja, a lecture by India’s leading tabla player Aneesh Pradhan, and a cartoon exhibit by Ajit Ninan are also on schedule. The festival will go on till November.

To read more, visit the festival’s official website

With inputs from PTI

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