'The Mahabharata', one of the world's great stories, will be honored in one of Newport's humblest buildings. I think Vyasa would approve. A celebration and exploration using film, poetry, song, visual art and story at the Newport Folk Festival . A collaboration involving local, national and international minds and glued together by members of Storytelling Australia Victoria and the Newport Fiddle and Folk Club.
We approached this project rather like a shambolic Book Club which a couple of us set up as an open group on Facebook. Our hope was to broaden and deepen our understanding of the epic. It wasn't long before storytellers, artists and other curious folk joined us from around the world and together we pecked away for 8 months exchanging links and and ideas. We decided that the exploration needed an outcome - some kind of event so the 'The Mahabharata Adventure' was born.
'The Adventure' was the brainchild of myself and Gerry Nelson from Storytelling Australia Victoria and includes SAV members Peter Fernon and Lana Woolf.Other adventurers came from the Newport Fiddle & Folk Club,
Greg Hammond, Leonie Kervin and Christine McDonald. We are also
indebted to Kala Paramanathan, Laura Sheridan, Rupa Anurendra and Anu
Jegadeva, Aunty Nesa, Richard MacNeill and Michael Stewart as well as
the countless enthusiasts who joined us on the journey from around the
world via Facebook. Special thanks to Andy Fraenkel, Narayan Arunasalam,
Kamini Ramachandran, Asha Sampath, GoodDay Tarmada and Kiran Shah.
‘Whatever is here, is found elsewhere. But what is not here, is nowhere else. ‘ (The Book of the Beginning)
Full Details for the Newport Folk Festival HERE
Wednesday, June 24, 2015
This project, developed especially for the Newport Folk Festival, will launch into the universe on Saturday July 4.
With Alan and Dave Davies recitin' the verse and Nicola Johnson doin' the tunes, I'll be narratin' the bits in between.
Check out all the details for the Festival HERE
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Sunday, June 14, 2015
One of my favourite gigs for the year, and chance to work with Dharma. We've been doing a spot for the kids since the festival first began. Long may we continue!
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