Paintings brought alive through harmonious blend of music, poetry and dance
‘The Dreaming Damsel’, a unique combination of music, dance, poetry and paintings showcased as a part of the Anywhere Festival in Parramatta on May 16-17, partnered by the Parramatta & District Historical Society and Parramatta City Council. Sumathi Krishnan, Creative Director, was the brain behind this special multicultural multi-art event that brought the paintings of the famous Indian Painter Raja Ravi Varma (1848-1906) to life, through the artistic accompaniment of live music, dance and poetry. Verma painted women from all walks of life using the mediums of oil and water, and this amazing presentation took the audience on a truly esoteric experience. Sumathi, an accomplished Indian vocalist, sang classical songs ably accompanied by a talented team of musicians comprising of John Napier on cello, Pallavarajan Nagendran on mridangam and Abhijit Dan on tabla. Aruna Gandhi, performing artiste, choreographer, and the founder-director of Silambam Sydney, performed the Indian-classical dance style of Bharatanatyam. In a compelling live performance, Murthy Anjanappa, a reputed Sydney-based artist, painted to the melody of the music and the footsteps of the dancer. Poetic compilations on Raja Ravi Verma’s paintings were incorporated by well-known poet and writer Rekha Rajvanshi, and Kannada journalist and poet Anu Shivram.
“Under the tall trees that bear witness, the painter’s brush moves, the bow of the cello draws on a melody, the beat of the percussion follows the footsteps of the statuesque dancer, as voice of the poetry embraces you on a journey of the Dreaming Damsel,” stated one of the artists, aptly describing the experience. The event was a feast for art and music lovers, and the audience strolling around the two-acre garden and quaint courtyard of the Heritage museum at Hambledon Cottage, enjoying the combination of appreciating art to the accompaniment of music, painting and poetry. Over a hundred people attended on each dat