AUSTRALIA AND SOUTH ASIA 2021 – 2022
Storytelling in India and Australia
at the Swami Vivekananda Cultural Centre, Sydney
21 September 2023
6 – 7:30 pm
at the Swami Vivikanada Cultural Centre, Indian Consulate in Sydney
A musical evening at the Swami Vivekananda Cultural Centre with Chenda from South India by musicians from Sydney, featuring Chenda, a documentary film, Chenda performances, and a discussion panel with
Dr G K Harinath OAM Chairperson Emeritus, Multicultural NSW Advisory board; Dr Sharon Rundle Writer, Editor, Academic; Virat Nehru Film programmer, Writer, Founding member of Sydney Science Fiction film festival; K P Jose, Artist and President, IndOz Rhythms. Moderator – Emie Roy.
Special screening of Emie Roy’s documentary “Chenda”.
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This film was commissioned by Blacktown Arts and proudly funded by Australia Council for the Arts, the NSW Government through Create NSW and Blacktown City Council.
Chenda is a majestic instrument widely used in Kerala. There is an ancient saying that all other 18 vadayas (instruments) come under Chenda. The loud and rigid sound of chenda makes it one of the rare instruments in this world. Chendamelam or the chenda percussion ensemble has an important place among the various percussion art forms of Kerala like Pandi, Panchari, Dhruvam, Adantha, Anjadantha, Chemba, Chembada and Tripuda. Of them, Pandi and Panchari are the most popular. Thayambaka is played on both Chenda and Mizhavu. Chenda is used in art forms like Kathakali, Keli and Melam and for temple rituals.
Emie Roy and Sharon Rundle
Join Uluru Statement signatory
@KirstieMParker in conversation with Aunty Pat Anderson AO & Professor Megan Davis (@mdavisqlder )
about the dialogue process and the journey to referendum.
Relatively True, stories of Truth, Deception and Post Truth and
Glass Walls, stories of Tolerance and Intolerance
at the WORLD BOOK FAIR 2023 in New Delhi!
Photos courtesy Orient BlackSwan
Our brilliant Relatively True authors
were “Telling the Truth”
Relatively True, Stories of Truth, Deception and Post-Truth
is available at the New Edition Book Shop Fremantle, WA.
Masala Chai Meanderings
July 9 2022 @ 11am IST/3:30 pm AEST on ZOOM
Thanks a million Professor Swati Pal for launching Relatively True at Masala Chai Meanderings with a memorable and astute speech. Our thanks to all the authors who contributed their stories to Relatively True and who read at the MCM launch; and to Devika Brendon for her poem especially written for the launch and read by Devika. Thanks, too, to our audience for their enthusiastic support and incisive comments. For those unable to log on for the MCM launch, here is the recording. Many thanks to co-editor and co-host Professor Meenakshi Bharat and to co-host of MCM Aparna Srinivas.
Articles, essays, stories, interviews and reviews
Transcending Boundaries: Publishing fiction by South Asian Australian authors in Australia, Confluence 20th Anniversary Issue, December 2022.
Transnation and Feminine Fluidity: New Horizon in the Fiction of Chandani Lokugé Sharon Rundle, in Claiming Space for Australian Women’s Writing Chapter, Eds Sanjukta Dasgupta & Devaleena Das.
“The politics and problematics of women’s writing universally has been the unfortunate paradox not about what to write or what has been written but whether to write at all. The creative journey of Australian women writers has not been any different. The introduction investigates the very significant trajectory of the origin, growth, publication and anthologizing of Australian women’s writing that includes white, aboriginal and immigrant women’s writing with focus on identity politics and cultural politics while foregrounding gender and sexuality politics and race relations. This essay therefore can offer itself as the required exploratory preface scanning the literary landscape by identifying the existence not only of Australian women’s writing but also enlists some extremely important comprehensive volumes of such writing as well as available literary criticism.”
The Myth of Women Writers, Sharon Rundle, Samyukta Journal. January 31, 2005 .
The Oneness – An Australian Documentary Movie 2020 | Director – Dave Sidhu | Written By – Indranil Halder.
Only Connect – Review by Kerryn Goldsworthy in the Sydney Morning Herald
EDITED BY SHARON RUNDLE AND MEENAKSHI BHARAT, BRASS MONKEY BOOKS
‘‘Only connect’’ is a phrase coined by E.M. Forster, whose A Passage to India remains the best novel about Anglo-Indian relations. So it’s a fitting title in a number of ways for an anthology of ‘‘short fiction about technology and us from Australia and the Indian Subcontinent’’. ‘‘Technology and us’’ is an intriguing shorthand way of describing the interventions of 21st-century technology into ordinary people’s lives. Focusing mainly on computers and cyberspace, the stories describe the central place that email, smartphones and social media hold in most people’s communicative lives. But other forms of technology also feature: dodgy hired vehicles, airport security screens, much-loved spice grinders. Highlights include the beautiful and moving story Digital Air-borne Chariots by Bem Le Hunte, Meenakshi Bharat’s very funny B Wid U Soon, and Sunil Badami’s touching, bittersweet semi-fantasy story, Leftovers.
Routledge Companion to Australian Literature, Edited Jessica Gildersleeve, “India”. Series of anthologies “edited by Meenakshi Bharat and Sharon Rundle, they choose a theme with relevance to both countries (as with Fear Factor Terror Incognito) and showcase writing from each place.”
The warm and intimate lunch with Kiran Nagarkar at the University of Western Sydney with translators, writers – Dr Sharon Rundle, Professor Ivor Indyk, Dr Roanna Gonzales – was a very special experience in sharing Kiran’s courage of his convictions.”
A Language Without Words, Sibendu Chakraborty, in Understanding Women’s Experiences of Displacements: Chandani Lokuge interview with Sharon Rundle,
Kiewa Creek, Sharon Rundle in Seeds and Skeletons, UTS 30th Anthology.
New book of short stories boosts Bengal-Australia ties, December, 2020.
Of Asylum and Aliens, Michelle Cahill. Review of Alien Shores.
Interview with Abdul Hekmat. Alumnus providing a voice for refugees. UTS News from our network: Winter 2013,
Huge thank you to
and Woy Woy Library
For a successful launch of
from the Indian Subcontinent and Australia
Publisher: Orient BlackSwan
Please see Media Reports for photos and videos
The Oneness – An Australian Documentary Movie 2020
Director – Dave Sidhu | Written By – Indranil Halder, Dave Sidhu
Host: Jane Alison Wilkins; DOP: Sumeet Pal Singh; Productions: 18 carat Pictures; Subtitling Production: Aks Mehraj; Label: Tracktouch Productions; Edit: Parwaaz Graphics; Poster: Navdeep Marketing Team: Supinder, Ashu, Nitin, Jacob.
We acknowledge the Traditional Owners and Custodians of this land. Dedicated to: People of Bengal & Australia
More Credits 1. Commissioned by: Halder Bari, Kolkata, Sydney and New Jersey 2. Concept / Story / Script: Indranil Halder 3. Assistant Director: Indranil Halder 4. Location Scout: Elaine Townsend 5. Makeup Artist Jane Alison Wilkins 6. Style: Swarnali Sikder & Charlotte Smith 7. Camera & Photography Director: Sumeet Pal Singh (Please use his logo) 8. Voice Over: Jane Wilkins 9. Recordist: Dave Sidhu, Media and Commerical Visual Productions 10. Studio: Radio2Triple0, Burwood, NSW 11. Script Editor: Sharon Rundle and Julia Booth 12. Kolkata, India Prop Co Ordinator: Tanmoy Halder 13. Heritage Revivalist Consultant: Ayan Chattopadhyay Acknowledgement: 1) Chidananda & late Kamala Halder 2) Catherine Hnidec, Sonia Ghandhi, John Zubrzycki, Jina Ray 3) Uttarpara Joykrishna Public Library, West Bengal Public Library Network 4) State Library of NSW 5) Naval Historical Society of Australia 6) Shipwreck Databases Western Australia Museum 7) Museum of Victoria 8) A Hundred Horizons: The Indian Ocean in the Age of Global Empire. By Sugata Bose 9) Imperial Connections: India in the Indian Ocean Arena, 1860-1920 By Thomas R Metcalf 10) Empire Recentered: India in the Indian Ocean Arena, By Thomas R Metcalf 11) The Empire of the Raj: Eastern Africa and the Middle East, 1858-1947, By R. Blyth 12) UTS University Library, Sydney 13) Imperial Opera: The nexus between opera and imperialism in Victorian Calcutta and Melbourne, 1833–1901 for Doctor of Philosophy of The University of Western Australia By by Esmeralda Monique Antonia Rocha BMus (Hons – First Class) 14) Sydney City Council 15) Balmain City Council 16) Road and Maritime , Transport for NSW 17) Biswa Bangla Store, Park Street 18) M J Bale Store, Queen Victoria Building, Sydney https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x84riaw
Hosted by the Consul General of India in Sydney Mr Manish Gupta
Masala Chai Meanderings
Meenakshi Bharat and Aparna Srinivas bring you regular Zoom literary readings by authors.
For details, please email: email@example.com
Meenakshi Bharat interview inThe Hindu
Masala Chai Meanderings and Emerald Dove Learning are pleased to invite you to the launch of
Gjv Prasad’s volume This World of Mine
Followed by poetry readings by Jagari Mukherjee, Irtika Kazi and Aparna Srinivas. On 27th November 2021 on zoom.
Meenakshi Bharat and Aparna Srinivas bring you
Masala Chai Meanderings –
Regular Zoom discussion and readings by authors.
Masala Chai Meanderings April 2021 video recording
Sharon has been supported through the Australia-India Council which is part of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade; Copyright Agency Limited Cultural Fund and the University of Technology Sydney.