"Arjunan Puveendran, Indu Balachandran and their collaborators have crafted unique performative experiences, and the audiences continue to come in droves" – Roanna Gonsalves, Southern Crossings
In Bhoomi, a collective of musicians, dancers and writers weave ancient texts, myths and traditions into a recital exploring our connection to old and new homelands. Curated by Arjunan and Indu, the work examines the way ancient artistic practices migrate and become part of the culture of new communities.
Inspired by stories of Bhoomi, the Hindu goddess of the Earth, and showcasing the music and dance heritage of Southern India, Bhoomi draws on the talents and ritual practice of local artists to create a work speaking to issues of global importance.
The performance honours our First Nations peoples and their relationship with Country. Collaborating with Aboriginal author and historian Bruce Pascoe, Bhoomi explores how stories across countries converge, to create shared cultural narratives.
Presented on the day of Pongal, a celebration of harvest in South Asia, this performance heeds nature’s cycle. Through Carnatic music, Bharata Natyam and spoken word, Bhoomi takes the audience on an immersive journey from seed, to growth, to harvest, to renewal.
First premiered as Bhoomi: Woman and Earth in 2019 as a site-specific outdoor recital at Old Government House in Parramatta Park, the work has been reimagined for a theatre space and offers a new and exciting experience.
Runtime: 75 mins