Menu for Sangeet Mela 2019

The amazing chefs of Brisbanecaters are back at Sangeet Mela 2019 to treat us with the delicious meals and snacks along with very efficient service we enjoyed so much at the last Sangeet Mela.

Vegetarian dinners will be available by pre-order only via our ticket website. Snacks and drinks will be available for purchase on the day.

MENU (V = Vegan, GF = Gluten Free – all vegetarian)

High Tea: 2 pm to 6 pm

Snacks pack: $5
Medu vada and Gopi Manchurian with Coconut chutney (V)
Masala tea or Tea/Coffee

Water $1
Masala Tea $2
Coke/Diet Coke $2
Self service Tea/Coffee $1

Dinner Buffet 6.30 pm $10 – PRE-ORDERED ONLY

  • Paneer Tikka Masala: Paneer cooked in rich tomato sauce and tossed with cubes of onions, assorted bell peppers and finished with Chef’s special masala. (V)
  • Mixed Veg Curry: Mix vegetable cooked in traditional Indian sauce made with onions, tomatoes, and flavored with an array of finely ground herbs and spices. (V/GF)
  • Veg Pulao: Basmati rice stir fried together with mix veg and mild oriental spices (V/GF)
  • Dessert: Gulab Jamun

Announcing Sangeet Mela 2019

The team behind Australia’s premiere Indian classical festival are excited to announce that planning for Sangeet Mela 2019 is well under way. The event will be held on Saturday 30th March and will feature Carnatic vocal by Smt Charulatha Mani, Qawwali ensemble led by Tahir Qawwal, sarangi solo by Sri Sangeet Mishra, Bharatanatyam dance by Smt Sriranjani Chandramouli with live ensemble, and sitar solo by Sri Saikat Bhattacharya.

We are calling on community leaders to support this important cultural event, and for aspiring young Indian classical artists to apply for our Sangeet Mela Rising Star Awards.

As part of Sangeet Mela’s mission to foster Indian classical culture in Brisbane, several young artists under the age of 26 will be given the opportunity to perform at the festival and will receive a “Sangeet Mela Rising Star Award”. Each year one or two awards may be given in each of four categories (Vocal, Instrumental, Percussion and Dance), each in the two broad genres of Hindustani and Carnatic Sangeet. Many past award recipients identify these awards as a pivotal moment in their development as classical artists. Past winners include Dr Helena Joshi (Kathak dance), Sri Arthavan Selvanathan (mridangam), Ku Roshni Sriram (Carnatic vocal), and Ku Mathuja Bavan (both Bharatanatyam and violin).

We invite and request all dance and music gurus, members of the community and connoisseurs of music to circulate this information among your students or any young enthusiastic performers to apply for these awards.

Full details of the conditions of application are available on available on the Sangeet Mela Website at:
Applications close Friday 1st February, 2019. Winners will be informed by Friday 15th February, 2019.

I’m sure all community leaders understand the importance of cultivating “Indian Classical Music” (which includes the music of Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka). We request the support of community groups and businesses in any or all of the following ways:

  • Please keep Saturday 30th March free in your calendar, and don’t organise any competing event.
  • Forward information about Sangeet Mela 2019 to your association or school membership and other networks.
  • Purchase tickets in bulk at a discount rate for your members.
  • Become a sponsor of Sangeet Mela 2019.

Please get in touch with me via email on or phone 0415106428 to discuss any of these ways to support the development of Indian classical music in Brisbane.

Kind Regards

Shen Flindell
Festival Director
Sangeet Mela 2019

Sangeet Mela 2017 official videos

The Youtube playlist for all the official performance videos from Sangeet Mela 2017… If you prefer to watch and share on Facebook, please visit our Facebook page.

Sangeet Mela 2017 official report

Saturday 2nd September 2017 saw the Indian classical music lovers of Brisbane and around Australia gathering at Queensland Multicultural Centre for Sangeet Mela 2017, the 4th edition of this wonderful celebration of Indian classical music and dance.

The first session opened with a Kathak dance performance by Rising Star Award winner Ku Sheena Rinky Bala, a senior disciple of Brisbane’s leading Kathak dance guru Smt Namita Debroy. Rinky was accompanied by a live ensemble featuring Sri Shen Flindell (tabla), Smt Namita Debroy (padhant), Smt Usha Chivukula (vocal), Sri Joseph Nand (harmonium), and Sri Darshil Shah (bansuri).  (VIDEO)

Ku Sheena Rinky Bala (Kathak dance) with live ensemble

The second Rising Star Award winner performance for 2017 was Carnatic vocal by Ku Madhuvanthi Muralidharan, with accompaniment by Sri Aswin Narayanan (violin) and Sri Balaram Ramagiri (mridangam).  (VIDEO)

We are very proud of our Rising Star Award winners and our tradition of recognising young talent in these challenging Indian classical arts. We hope that the experience of performing at Sangeet Mela encourages them to continue their studies and practice, and look forward to many more great performances as these young artists mature.

Platinum sponsor Sri Sairam Kannaian of Yoga King presents the Rising Star Awards to Ku Madhu Murali (Carnatic vocal) and Ku Sheena Rinky Bala (Kathak dance), with Sangeet Premi Club secretary Smt Usha Chivukula and Sangeet Mela festival director Sri Shen Flindell.

The afternoon session concluded with a tabla solo recital by Sri Simranjit Singh, presenting compositions of the Punjab Gharana, with accompaniment by Sri Joseph Nand (harmonium) and Sri Darshil Shah (bansuri).  (VIDEO)

After a break for snacks, stretching legs and chatting with fellow music lovers, the audience reconvened for the sunset session, commencing with a beautiful bansuri recital with a leading Indian classical artist from Japan, Sri Taro Terahara, with accompaniment by Sri Maharshi Raval (tabla – Sydney) and Taro-ji’s wife Smt Yuriko Terahara (tanpura).  (VIDEO)

Brisbane-based Bharatanatyam star performer and guru, Smt Padmalakshmi Sriram, delighted the audience with her dance presentation along with her daughter Ku Shivani Sriram.  (VIDEO)

The sunset session concluded with a sarod recital by Sri Rahul Bhattacharya (Melbourne) with accompaniment by Sri Simranjit Singh (tabla).  (VIDEO)

The dinner break was the smoothest ever with everyone getting their fill of a delicious buffet meal very quickly. Many congratulations to Murali Ramakrishnan and his team for this improvement in the Sangeet Mela experience.

The late session opened with our international star of Hindustani vocal, Smt Sunita Tikare (Mumbai), with accompaniment by Sri Maharshi Raval (tabla – Sydney) and Sri Joseph Nand (harmonium). Sunita is a senior disciple of Late Vidushi Kishori Amonkar and the audience were entranced by her renditions of compositions made famous by her esteemed guru-ji.  (VIDEO)

At last the grand finale arrived, Carnatic Saraswathi veena by Smt Nirmala Rajasekar (Chennai/USA), with accompaniment by Sri Murugaboopathi (mridangam) and Sri Ganesh Prasad (violin). The virtuosity and musicality of all three artists was just brilliant.  (VIDEO)

After another epic journey through the various styles of Indian classical music and dance, we eagerly await the next instalment of Sangeet Mela. The organisers would like to extend our deepest gratitude to all our supporters: the sponsors, audience, volunteers, performers and organising committee members.

Cast and crew of Sangeet Mela 2017

Photos by Randhawa Media and Brian Sullivan (click on links for the full photo albums by each photographer).

Sangeet Mela 2017 was supported by  platinum sponsor Yoga King, the Lord Mayor’s Suburban Initiative Fund via The Gabba Ward, silver sponsors Sahaja Yoga MeditationHomeopathy for Health (Rukmani Paliwal), and Sitar Restaurant, and exclusive media sponsors Brisbane Indian Times and Australian Indian Radio. It was organised by EthnoSuperLounge in conjunction with Sangeet Premi Club.

Book your meal for Sangeet Mela 2017

As part of our commitment to provide you with memorable experience at Sangeet Mela 2017, we have organised snacks from 2pm to 6pm plus a buffet dinner from 6:30pm. You can purchase meals for $12 on the day or pre-book for $10. Please see the menu below.

High Tea 2.00 pm to 6 pm – $4.00

Onion Pakora (Slice onion and potato marinated in gram flour, deep fried round ball)

Gobi Manchurian (Cauliflower fritters in dry sauce)



Dinner Buffet 6.30 pm – pre-booked $10.00, on day $12.00


Paneer Tikka Masala (Paneer cooked in rich tomato sauce and tossed with cubes of onions, assorted bell peppers and finished with Chef’s special masala)

Mixed Veg Curry (Mix vegetable cooked in traditional Indian sauce made with onions, tomatoes, and flavored with an array of finely ground herbs and spices)

Veg Pulao (Basmati rice stir fried together with mix veg and mild oriental spices)

Dessert: Pineapple Noodle Pudding

Non Veg

Chicken Tikka Masala (Char grilled Chicken cooked in rich tomato sauce and tossed with cubes of onions, assorted bell peppers and finished with Chef’s special masala)

Mixed Veg Curry (Mix vegetable cooked in traditional Indian sauce made with onions, tomatoes, and flavored with an array of finely ground herbs and spices)

Veg Pulao (Basmati rice stir fried together with mix veg and mild oriental spices)

Dessert: Pineapple Noodle Pudding

“A Musical Evening” – Sangeet Mela 2016 in Indian Link

via Indian Link magazine…

A musical evening

October 07, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

East marries west at Sangeet Mela 2016

Time flies when you’re having fun! This was an apt adage to apply to Sangeet Mela 2016, which had a highly successful third edition in Brisbane at the Multicultural Centre, Kangaroo Point, in September. Organised by Ethnosuper Lounge and Sangeet Premi Club, Sangeet Mela has established itself as a must-attend event on the cultural calendar. More significantly, it has also become a forum for recognition of young talent.

Sangeet Mela 2016.Indian Link

This year’s Sangeet Mela started with a powerful Carnatic recital by Oavijaya Bavnendrakumar and Mathuja Bhavanendrakumar, accompanied on the mridangam by Hariharan Vaheesan. Each of the trio were presented with a Rising Star Award.

This was followed by an exceptionally evocative Hindustani vocal recital by Ananya Muralidharan. The Bhavanendrakumar sisters’ Carnatic display and Ananya’s Hindustani classical performance were two contrasting genres, but the youngsters all infused a breath of fresh air into the Indian classical music landscape. They displayed maturity and technical finesse much beyond their years.

Next came a Bharatnatyam performance by Vellantina Ravirajah, a sublime symmetry of fluid dance movements. Both Ananya and Vellantina were also awarded Rising Star Awards.

Sangeet Mela 2016.Indian Link

Zuheb Ahmed Khan from New Delhi performed a tabla solo and blazed the trail with his consistently brilliant beats characterised by uncanny intuition. Zuheb is decidedly the finest proponent of theAjrada gharana and has a well justified claim to international fame. His performance featured a dazzling range of compositions from off-beat Peshkar to rapid, flowing Rela and sent the audience to the interval eagerly awaiting more unfolding layers of musical wizardry. After the break, Bindu Rajendran’s Mohiniattam performance was well-received by the audience, and her experience inabhinaya, or expression, was clearly visible, as she displayed the emotions, sentiments and relationships that Mohiniattam, a classical dance form of Kerala, is renowned for.

International artist Charulatha Mani, performed a Carnatic recital which she interspersed with humorous one liners. She targeted the audience who were not aware whether the pauses in the recital were to be applauded or not!

“A few more years of Sangeet Mela and you will definitely know when to clap,” she declared, much to the amusement of the audience.

Sangeet Mela 2016.Indian Link

Currently studying a PhD in music at the Griffith University Conservatorium, Charulatha is gifted with a melodious, musical voice, amazing creativity and a vast fan following all over the globe. She has also composed music for Tamil and Hindi films and is a regular on Jaya TV, a southern Indian television channel. She definitely had the finger on the audience’s pulse.

“I am going to sing Raag Sindhu Bairavi, which is as powerful as the five elements. Fire, water, earth… and two others.” She said it with such a straight face that the audience were in splits.

She spoke with Indian Link about her experience in Australia, especially within the tertiary education sector.

“Australia’s educational system grants more freedom and gives breathing space to the students whereas Indian system insists on a rigid indoctrination to some extent,” she shared. “However, there are both positive and negative points in both systems.”

Sangeet Mela 2016.Indian Link

Sydney’s Sayak Bhattacharya wowed the audience with a Hindustani vocal recital in his perfectly melodious voice, and impressed the audience with his humble persona. Sayak also has a penchant for using his talents for fundraising and the audience were informed that he had recently raised $6000 for Westmead Hospital.

The best parts of the show were reserved for the end, as Janani Ganapathi took over the stage and gave a scintillating performance of Bharatnatyam accompanied by a live ensemble. She also did the explanatory introductions to each of her segments, though she seemed a bit breathless towards the end. The audience were riveted by her technical finesse and postural grace and she received thunderous ovation.

Sangeet Mela 2016.Indian Link

The show’s finale however was the most fascinating sitar and cello jugalbandi by Shubhendra Rao and Saskia Rao-de Haas from New Delhi. Pt Shubhenra Rao is one of the last musicians to learn the sitar under the true Guru Shishya tradition from Pt Ravi Shankar. Distinguished as a musical bridge to many cultures, he created an excellent experience along with Saskia Rao-de Haas on the Indian cello, with the audience begging repeatedly for encores.

The show was compered by Dr Helena Joshi and Alka Jaggessar, both accomplished Kathak dancers. Joseph Abhay Nand on harmonium, Sridhar Chari on mridangam, Shen Flindell on the tabla and Kranthi Kiran Mudigonda on violin were the accompanists. Yusuf Alikhan of the Sangeet Premi Club said that Sangeet Mela has matured and grown due to the efforts of the festival director Shen Flindell.

Sangeet Mela 2016.Indian Link

“Indian classical music traces back its origin to 1500BC and I hope that the show refreshed and recharged you with its excellent content showcased by the local and international artists,” Yusuf said.

A vote of thanks was proposed to Councillor Jonathan Sriranganathan of the Gabba Ward, and the Brisbane City Council for the financial grant that was bestowed on this year’s edition of Sangeet Mela.

Kudos to the organiser for creating such a fantastic show!