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  1. In Search of India: The Louise Lightfoot Exhibition and Book Launch


In Search of India will feature the official launch of Dr Amit Sarwal’s new book Louise Lightfoot in Search of India: An Australian Dancer’s Experience.  Based largely on documents held by the Music Archive of Monash University (MAMU), Louise Lightfoot in Search of India tells the story of Australian dancer and producer, Louise Lightfoot and her work researching and touring with traditional Indian dancers in the early to mid-20th century. The launch will be conducted by Ms Manika Jain, Consul General of India in Victoria and feature music and dance performances by Mohit Pandit and Gangotri Roy.

The book launch will be complimented by an exhibition comprising selections from the Louise Lightfoot Bequest housed at MAMU. Launched by Professor Cat Hope, head of the Sir Zelman Cowan School of Music, the exhibition opening will also include a Q&A panel session featuring Professor Emeritus David Walker (Deakin University), Emeritus Professor Margaret Allen (University of Adelaide), Dr Amit Sarwal (book editor and producer, SBS Radio) and Mary Louise Lightfoot (niece of Louise Lightfoot and author in her own right). Light refreshments will be provided. 

  • Date and Time: Thursday 24 August 2017, 5.30pm for 6pm start.
    Venue: Foyer and Auditorium, Building 68 / Performing Arts Building, 55 Scenic           Boulevard, Clayton Campus, Monash University.
  1. Duck Herders’ Zither from Java’s Dieng Plateau and Other Rare Musical Instruments from Indonesia – Exhibition Launch and “Making a Bundengan” Workshop

    A close up of a bundengan – an Indonesian Duck Herders’ Zither.

This exhibition and workshop features rare musical instruments and recent acquisitions from MAMU’s Indonesian Collection which is MAMU’s largest and oldest collection. A highlight of the exhibition will be the rare bundengan or Duck Herders’ zither. Part musical instrument, part umbrella, bundengans are designed to provide both entertainment and shelter from the rain for Indonesia’s traditional duck herders. Other featured instruments include the world’s only Gamelan Digul, a percussion ensemble made from “found” materials such as pots and pans in an Indonesian prison camp in 1927, and a Lampung Gamolan, a rare, regional xylophone. The exhibition will be launched by Ibu Dewi Wahab, the Honorable Consul-General of Indonesia in Victoria and Tasmania and features a performance on the bundengan by Rosie Cook. There will also be a workshop on “Making a Bundengan” led by Rosie Cook at the Grimwade Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation, University of Melbourne.

  • Exhibition Launch
    Date and Time: 8 February 2018, 5.30pm for a 6pm start.
    Venue: Foyer and Auditorium, Building 68 / Performing Arts Building, 55 Scenic Boulevard, Clayton Campus, Monash University.
  • Making a Bundengan Workshop
    Date: 11-12 February 2018
    Venue: Grimwade Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation, 99 Shiel St, North Melbourne.

    3. Exhibition of Extraordinary Australian and Korean Female Composers and Their Music

    Australian pianist/composer Vera Bradford with the exiled Korean royal family in Japan, 1963.

This exhibition celebrates the work of female composers in Australia and Korea from the 20th and 21st centuries. Featured composers include Australians Elena Kats-Chernin, Cat Hope and Vera Bradford and Koreans Chang Hye-Ryun, Lee Chan-Hae and Paik Young-Eun. The exhibition will include scores, photographs and ephemera as well as performances of select works.

  • Date and Time: Thursday 5 July 2018, 5.30pm for 6pm start again
    Venue: Foyer and Auditorium, Building 68 / Performing Arts Building, 55 Scenic Boulevard, Clayton Campus, Monash University.

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