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DEVDAS THE MUSICAL
Bygone era relived in visually lush tale
Musical is a
of colour and
Bollywood is coming to Canberra in
August for a one-night musical
spectacular of dancing, romance and
Devdas The Musical has
transformed a classic tale into an
original stage production that
promises to dazzle and amaze in true
The heart-wrenching, century-old
saga tells the story of Devdas and
forbidden love, eternal but impossible.
He falls in love with his childhood
sweetheart, Paro, but the caste system
and family pressures tear the two
When heartbroken Paro succumbs
to her family's wishes and marries
another of their choosing, Devdas is
stricken with despair and only finds
comfort in the lonely house of an
ageing, beautiful courtesan,
Chandramukhi, who retells the story
of Devdas's travels.
A cast of 50 dancers bring the
production to life, with over 400
costumes hand-crafted in India and a
15-piece orchestra performing 12 new
compositions. For artistic director
Ruchi Sanghi, this stunning burst of
colour and sound are the absolute
standout of the show.
"My highlight is the music and the
dance and the costumes. It's set in the
1900s and takes people back to that era
of courtesans and aristocrats. The
audiences in Sydney were blown
away," Ms Sanghi said.
The show premiered in Sydney last
August, but it has been two years in the
making, with a few changes made
since last year for the much-
anticipated show in Canberra.
"Through some extra scenes and
dialogue we made it clearer for those
who don't already know the story.
Most Indian people have seen a
Bollywood version of the story before,
but we've targeted the show to a
mainstream audience," Ms Sanghi
Devdas The Musical plays at the
Canberra Theatre Centre on
Tickets from $45.50 at
ALBUM: LAZARETTO / ARTIST: JACK WHITE
No time for boredom as White belts out the blues
Jack White sure knows how to deal out
On his second solo album after what
seems like eons playing in other bands
and collaborating with every musician
and his dog, he sounds completely in
his raggedy-rock zone.
Lazaretto comes on strong like a
half-crazed beast ready to prance out
of the deep, cavernous night. It's an
ear-shattering experience -- barely able
to control itself -- with the most
indulgent songs White has recorded
since The White Stripes.
Opener Three Women powers out of
the speakers with a chorus of "Lordy
Lord" against a backdrop of
hammered pianos and White's
commanding riffs. Then the title-track
beats along to Jack's rhythmic rap and
Slide guitars and violins enter the
fray of Temporary Ground, which
sounds like a vintage blues ballad
shared between friends in an old
There is not a boring moment here.
But the vital ingredients that make the
Lazaretto album work is that White
has developed a decent set of
blustering blues that allow him enough
space to underline his uncanny guitar
heroics. The songs work on their own
accord and aren't ruined by egotistical
This is one for the headphones and
a strong bottle of whisky.
hear, ears see
Five generations of Australian visual
art exploring the concept of
synesthesia or a fusion of the senses
will be showcased in Colour Music,
opening this week at the Drill Hall
Colour Music will involve an art
exhibition, musical and visual
performances as well as artists' talks
in a program that runs from August 12
to September 25.
Core historical works by Roy de
Maistre, Ludwig Hirschfeld-Mack,
Jozef Stanislaus, Ostoja-Kotkowski
and Frank Hinder will provide a
framework for contemporary artists to
engage with the connections between
musical and visual art. The exhibition
will also include film works from the
1980s and immersive installations that
encourage speculation on boundaries
between the senses.
Admission is free. Find out more
about the Colour Music event
schedule at http://dhg.anu.edu.au/
ARTIST MESHES OUTER
SPACE AND EARTH
Belconnen artist Michael Winters is
about to unveil an exciting new
exhibition at Strathnairn.
Dissected by Time and Space --
Sculptural Landscapes aims to bring
Winters' fascination for Earth and the
Since the Apollo missions to the
moon in the 1960s, I have pondered, as
an artist, how I could combine both the
earth-bound landscape and the
elements of time and space into the
one work,'' he said.
Winters has been responsible for a
range of public artworks across
Dissected by Time and Space --
Sculptural Landscapes opens on
Saturday, August 16, at 4pm at
Strathnairn Arts Centre, Holt.
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