india@oz.sangam was a moving performance event created and performed by community members of Indian origin working in collaboration with professional artists. This event was the continuation of a creative dialogue started by the Suburban Masala project in 2002. Suburban Masala was a performance project initiated by Cicily Ponnor and Vandana Ram exploring what it means to be a young person of Indian origin living in Sydney. india@oz.sangam further extended this dialogue by involving a broader cross section of the community – from ages three to 61.

Initial thematic material for the project focused on experience of the Indian diaspora, the impact of being physically and emotionally separated from extended families, and how Indian-Australians create a sense of connection to the Motherland and family.

The workshop and devising process led to a two-week performance season at Parramatta Riverside Theatres as part of Carnivale Multicultural Arts Festival 2003.


One of the lessons of this show was the way cultural intermingling can result in new forms and genres that are unexpected and are often more than the sum of their component influences.
Stephen Dunne, The Sydney Morning Herald

…this production had a tremendous sense of pride, fun and celebration…
Keith Gallasch, Real Time