sacred carnatic music and dance

Following on from the success of Ātma: Music and Movement (2017) and Bhakti: Art and Devotion (2018) staged for the festival, Arjunan Puveendran (voice, mridangam) and Indu Balachandran (veena) present Bhoomi: Woman and Earth. The recital weaves ancient texts and traditions into the lens of contemporary society to present themes that are more vital than ever—the feminine and the environment. The event will draw on a combination of music, dance, spoken word and ritual practice. SSMF 2019





Following on from the success of Ātma: Music and Movement (2017) and Bhakti: Art and Devotion (2018) staged for the Sydney Sacred Music Festival, Arjunan Puveendran and Indu Balachandran produce another instalment of their outdoor recital series weaving ancient texts and traditions into the lens of contemporary society.

Bhoomi explores themes that are more vital than ever in the modern world — the feminine and the environment.  The performances range from presentations of classical dance compositions to explorations of the universal interpretations of the Earth as a mother goddess and the metaphor this gives for the dynamic traits of womanhood - powerful and compassionate.

This recital will draw on a combination of music, dance, spoken word and ritual practice featuring an ensemble of locally grown musicians, dancers, thinkers, writers and speakers.

 Reviews for Bhakti: Art and Devotion (SSMF 2018)

 "Cultural brilliance and excellent musicianship...10/10."

"...the idea of a thematic performance made it much more accessible and gave it a sense of is so much more respectful to an audience by not assuming prior knowledge."

"Thank you for informing us about the Bhakti performance. Each and every one of your performances were excellent, uplifting and most enjoyable."





‘Bhoomi’ is intended as an outdoor performance. We have been watching the weather forecast for this Sunday which currently predicts rain.

At this stage, we have not cancelled the recital. We are hoping the skies clear up, but will make a final decision on Saturday morning about postponing the recital to a sunnier day.

Please go to the Facebook event for further updates and kindly assist us in communicating this to others who are planning to attend.

We have been blessed with beautiful weather over the last two years and offer a collective prayer to Mother Earth for another such day!

If the event is rescheduled, we will let you know of the new date ASAP and be refunding tickets to everyone who is unable to attend the postponed date.

If the show does go ahead, we encourage you to come appropriately dressed for the weather.

Thanking you all in advance for your patience and understanding.


Indu Balachandran

Indu Balachandran is a third-generation exponent of the veena, the ancient stringed instrument of South India.  She has imbibed the best of a formidable tradition, from her grandmother and mother who both mastered the instrument in India and performed internationally.  She has been recognised for her virtuosity and for working to propagate the art form in her home city of Sydney.

Indu is a veena and vocal artist, with performances at the Conservatorium of Music, Bellingen Festival, Sydney Sacred Music Festival, Women of the World (WOW) Festival and others. Indu's Tamil documentary film 'Her Inner Song' has screened nationally and internationally. It explores how older female musicians navigated talent, traditions and passions in a gendered society. Her work in community has received extensive recognition including the UTS Human Rights Award for Reconciliation and the Tamil Manram Women's Award.  Indu is currently the General Manager (Enterprises) at the National Centre for Indigenous Excellence.

Arjunan Puveendran

Arjunan is one of the leading Australian male performers of Carnatic vocal music.  Born in Melbourne to parents of Sri Lankan Tamil origin and now living in Sydney, he trained in both vocal and mridangam (percussion) largely under the auspices of the Chandrabhanu Bharatalaya Academy with further training undertaken from gurus based in India.  He has given solo performances and accompanied Bharatha Natyam dance recitals and productions in Melbourne, Sydney, Perth and Auckland across a number of venues including the Victorian Parliament House and Sidney Myer Music Bowl and collaborates locally and internationally with diverse musicians and dancers.

Arjun has lent his voice to various social causes in addition to classical performances.  He has been involved in music composition borne from a knowledge of both music, dance and rhythm.  Arjun's passion in exploring the place of Indian arts in Australian society has led to him producing and performing in various Indian arts projects, particularly through 'Taste of India' in Melbourne.  Some of the festivals for which he has curated performances are the Darebin Music Feast, Castlemaine Festival and Sydney Sacred Music Festival.  He currently works as a Senior Associate with national corporate law firm Thomson Geer, and recently joined the board of Sacred Currents Inc.  Arjunan also featured in the musical ensemble for the Helpmann Award winning play 'Counting & Cracking' for the Adelaide Festival. 


Indu Balachandran; Shankari Chandran; Branavan Jeyarasa; Poorvaja Nirmaleswaran

Arjunan Puveendran; Bhairavi Raman; Kersherka Sivakumaran; Seran Sribalan

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