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'Liminal Mudra: The Un-appropriated Hand' (2019), Nithya Iyer.
23 November 2019
11am—7pm

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Sangam presents Perai Gatherings: a day of discussion through panels, workshops and films to further dialogue and enable conversations to engage with some of the ideas of the festival. 

Lead South Asian writer, Manisha Anjali and writer and curator Andy Butler, converse with guests including Dramaturg Ching Ching Ho, dancers Priyadarshini Govind and Masoom Parmar and visual artist/dancer Devika Bilimoria and other festival artists in a panel discussion ‘Politics and Aesthetics of Taste’. 

Perai Gatherings also offers a workshop for POC artists on funding, career pathways and grant writing led by Abbotsford Convent CEO, Collete Brennan. 

Admission to any events/panels also includes free screenings of 3 short films:

  1. Kwality Chai a parodic film by Sapna Chandu
  2. Nithya Iyer’s short experimental video work Liminal Mudras: The Un-appropriated Hand
  3. Voices, a community film spanning 4 generations of artists in Melbourne discussing the state of South Asian arts.

Quality Indian food and drinks (chai and chat) available for purchase throughout the day.

Films: Nithya Iyer, Swapna Chandu
Curators: Priya Srinivasan, Uthra Vijay and Hari SIvanesan
Panelists: Manisha Anjali, Sonia Nair, Mariaa Randall, Ching Ching Ho, Andy Butler, Priyadarshini Govind, Masoom Parmar, Lalgudi Vijayalakshmi
For timetable and biographies click below 

Sangam Performing Arts Festival of South Asia and Diaspora

Sangam Performing Arts Festival of South Asia and Diaspora brings together high profile, award winning, globally renowned professional artists from India on the same platform as established and emerging South Asian Australian artists, and artists of diverse backgrounds, committed to the Indian arts, based in Melbourne. Framing the experimental in conversation with the classical this festival intervenes on a number of levels in the Melbourne arts scene.

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12—1:30pm
Workshop: Funding/Career pathways

5—6pm
Panel: Politics and Aesthetics of Taste

11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm, 5pm & 6pm
Screenings: Kwality Chai, Liminal Mudras: The Un-appropriated Hand and Voices


Nithya Iyer is an interdisciplinary artist and researcher of South Indian Tamil-descent. Her practice involves experimental psychospatial methodologies utilising text, performance, visual art and installation. The current themes of her work centre on migration, cultural displacement, and identity-formation with regards to corporeal, local and global phenomena. Her recent solo performance Vengayam was featured at the Critical Animal’s festival, Newcastle and Melbourne’s Bus Projects. As a founding member of the L&NDLESS collective she has also presented work at HillsceneLIVE, Mapping Melbourne and the Queensland Poetry Festival. Nithya was trained for 12 years at the Chandrabhanu Bharatalaya Academy of Indian Dance. Currently, she is completing a Masters in Therapeutic Arts Practice at the Melbourne Institute for Experiential and Creative Art Therapy.

Sapna Chandu is an Australian Indian interdisciplinary artist creating cross cultural narratives that relate to colonialism, feminism, power and social rituals. Currently her practice blends photography, video, sound, performance and installation to create immersive and participatory art works. Using narratives that blur the lines between fiction and reality she challenges established power structures and notions of authenticity. Sapna was born in 1975 as a first generation Australian Indian and lives and works in Melbourne, Australia. She holds a BA Fine Art Honours (Monash University), BA Fine Art (RMIT) & BA Dental Science (The University of Melbourne).

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