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“Nobody has ever asked me about my music before” ‘Her Inner Song’ documents the personal reflections of five Indian maamis who retrace their musical journey across India and Australia over a span of 85 years. It offers a glimpse into a world of grand sabhas, curtained radio recordings and the historical bindings of orthodox traditions which revered their music, even as they prohibited its...

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Smt. Ganga Ranganath
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Srimathi Ganga Ranganath was born in Elangunathukavu, India in 1930. Showing interest in music, she received formal training in vocal music, violin and veena. With support from her brother, she began performing on the radio at the age of seventeen. Restricted from public performance due to gender strictures of the time, she continued to perform on radio and teach music after her marriage at...

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Smt. Swarnam Naganathan
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Srimathi Swarnam Naganathan was born in India in 1923. Her passion for music was sparked at a young age, and she studied music for two years as part of her Intermediate college education at Travancore University. She did not receive the opportunity to learn further due to family circumstances. She learnt informally from members of her family. Married at the age of fourteen, she...

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Smt. Bhuvana Venkataraman
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Srimathi Bhuvana Venkataraman was born in 1927 in Chennai, India. With a family steeped in the Theosophical Society, she spent her formative years around Smt. Rukmini Devi Arundale who established the dance academy, Kalakshetra. With early training in dance, she went onto to become a teacher under Maria Montessori, and continues to have a strong passion for arts education. Married at the age of twenty...

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Smt. Rajalakshmi Venkatachari
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Srimathi Rajalakshmi Venkatachari was born in 1930 in Chennai, India. With formal and informal training in vocal music from the age of five, she went on to study music at Madras Music College until she was married at twenty three years of age. With limited opportunities to perform, due to strict gender expectations of the time, she was able to perform on radio for...

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Smt. Bhagirathi Narasimhan
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Srimathi Bhagirathi Narasimhan was born in Seergazhi, India in 1925. Her interest in music was sparked at a young age. She picked up a veena at the age of seven and went on to teach herself. Recognising her unique talent, well-known musician Sathur Subramaniam trained her briefly when she was eight years old. Married at the age of seventeen, she went on to perform...

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Project Team
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Producer Indu Balachandran was inspired by her grandmother’s story, and used cultural development processes to envision this project. She moved to Sydney from Mumbai India in 1988, at the age of eleven. Beginning her professional life in corporate finance, Indu moved into community development. Working on the ground in cultural community development inspired her to consider bringing to light the story of her grandmother, an artist,...

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Gallery
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Photographs and images of the maamis and the project Filming and interviews Sacred Music Festival Richard Petkovic and Indu Balachandran Photography by Stephen Mifsud Sacred Music Festival Musicians Photography by Stephen Mifsud Sacred Music Festival Introduction Photography by Stephen Mifsud Sacred Music Festival Conversations Photography by Stephen Mifsud Prof CV Chandrashekar joins Parramasala screening Bhuvana Mami Swarnam mami Rajalakshmi Venkatachari Ganga mami Rajalakshmi mami...

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‘Her Inner Song’ Events
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Sacred Music Festival,  Sydney (September 2015) The Sacred Music Festival showcases music, ceremony and art that aims to bring us closer to something real, something inside. It provides opportunities for the fantastic artists and traditions of our diverse communities and hopes to build its own community of open minded people who are interested in something larger than themselves.  The film was followed by an...

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Contact us via email on herinnersong@gmail.com OR Connect with us on Facebook  The Premiere Screening for the film will be on 31st August, 2014, at the Riverside Theatres in Parramatta, Sydney. It is a free event, and seats are limited. For more information and to book your seat, please visit https://herinnersong.eventbrite.com.au Facebook PostsIndu BalachandranThe full documentary is out now. Watch, share, enjoy. ... See MoreSee LessHer...

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