Art and culture enthusiasts in the city will get to sample some foreign fare at the day-long ‘Oz Festival’ being organised on October 20 by the Australian high commission in India, in association with the state tourism department. The fest, to be held at Rajarani temple here, will showcase various dance and music styles of Australia.
Bhubaneswar is among the 18 Indian cities the festival will travel to till February 5, 2013. The festival, touted as the biggest Australian cultural extravaganza ever staged in India, will kick off on October 16 at Purana Qila in New Delhi and subsequently move to different states.
Date & Time : On 20th October 2012 at 7:00PM onwards
Venue : Rajarani Temple Complex, Bhubaneswar
Featuring : Australia’s Leading Aboriginal Singer / Song Writer “Gurrumul Yunupingu” (Songs of identity, spirit and connection with the land, its elements and ancestral being) joined by “Mark Atkins“, Australia’s virtuoso of the traditional Aboriginal drone pipe the didgeridoo and “Renowned Odishan Folk Artists“.
Gurrumul is an enigma in the Australian music industry.
Born blind, Gurrumul grew up as a member of the Gumatj clan on Elcho Island, off the coast of tropical North East Arnhem Land. His fragile but powerfully emotive voice has affected the public in a way no other artist has done in this country. This unique Aboriginal man sings songs about identity, spirit and connection with the land, its elements and the ancestral beings he is related to. His high tenor voice and aura-like persona creates emotion, compassion and a feeling of peacefulness and longing with audiences in Australia and around the world.
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