The Show

This dance and music showcase celebrates the momentous occasions that we may experience as we journey through life – from wedding spectacles to the joys of having a child; from feeling the invincibility of youth to resilience in the face of eventual death.

Told through the fusion of modern and traditional dance forms from around the world, and accompanied by a live band, A Life’s Journey is not a show to be missed. Come experience the wonder of dance, music…and life!

The Charity

Cancer Council
At the core of all Maya activities is the desire to give back to the community and to enrich causes which improve the lives of those in our communities. Cancer has impacted the lives of many of us and our families either directly or indirectly in Australia, with one in two men and one in three women being diagnosed in their lifetime. Funds raised from this production will go towards cancer research, the foundation on which improvements in cancer outcomes can be realised.

The Team

Maathumai Ranjan
Producer & Creative Director
Sumedh Jayanti
Producer
Anusha Puvanendiranathan
Dance Director
Durga Shivaji
Dance Director
Kasturi Murugavel
Music Director
Haresh Nair
Music Director
Mathangan Paskarajothy
Stage Manager and Lighting
Anu Ganapathy
Backstage Manager
Kalyani Jegendran
Graphics Designer
Anjali Cuganesan
Assistant Producer
Neythirun Sivanesan
Assistant Stage Manager
Minh Phan
Assistant Music Director
Suraj Ravikumar
Assistant Music Director
Soumya Ravikumar
Assistant Music Director

The Band

Abbi Linghanathan – Vocalist
Amrith Nagaraj – Percussion
Ashwin Nair – Bass/Violin
Gopi Iyer – Vocalist
Haresh Nair – Guitar
Joshua Rajendra – Keys
Kasturi Murugavel – Violin/Bass
Lavan Subenthiran – Percussion
Minh Phan – Keys/Guitar

Revathi Venkatesh – Vocalist
Sakthi Satkumaran – Veena
Soumya Ravikumar – Vocalist
Suraj Ravikumar – Percussion
Vaishnavi Bapat – Vocalist
Vaishnavi Pasupati – Keys
Venkhatesh Sritharan – Flute
Vijay Narain – Vocalist

Behind the Scenes

Stage 1 - WEDDING: PARENT EDITION

Description:

Our old school, traditional, Indian weddings were as charming and magical as any love story. Except, it didn’t just take the boy and girl to tell their story, it took a whole village to celebrate this new beginning!

Choreographers:

Pooja Hariharan
Thripura Hariharan

Dancers:

Andrena Kandiah
Harsh Solanki
Jeet Parikh
Kiran Kannan
Megha Gupta
Padma Raghunathan
Pooja Hariharan
Tasmiah Aziz
Thripura Hariharan
Vinaya Elijala

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Stage 2 - BUILDING DREAMS

Description:

Every person has unique goals in their life, and the journey taken to reach them is always a beautiful story. Dreams are what inspire us to become better in who we are, and in return, we create a positive impact on the world.

Choreographer:

Thanuja Kuntumalla

Dancers:

Anagha Chaudhari
Ankitha Shashidhar
Ayushi Shah
Isha Bassi
Pari Mitte
Richa Sharma
Thanuja Kuntumalla
Viji Baskaran

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Stage 3 - FIRST CHILD

Description:

By infusing bharatanatyam with kathak, two styles renowned for their grace, we present the intimate experience of having your first child and the emotions that invokes – Protection, Affection and Love

Choreographer:

Sharanga Satchidanandam

Dancers:

Abi Vaseeharan
Anusha Puvanendiranathan
Balaki Parameshwaran
Jessica Jayakumar
Keshavi Jeyaseelan
Manesha Sembu
Nidhi Daithankar
Padma Raghunathan
Sharanga Satchidanandam

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Stage 4 - SIBLING RIVALRY

Description:

From fighting over clothes to finishing each others sentences, we can’t live with them, we can’t live without them. Siblings, its us against the world.

Choreographers:

Shivani Dewan
Sonali Dewan

Dancers:

Fiona Mali
Kavisha Sharma
Nidhi Daithankar
Nikita Bhatia
Piraaj Singh
Priyanka Sriram
Selani Adikari
Shivani Dewan
Shreya Joshi
Sonali Dewan
Sukanya Iyer
Tara Grover

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Stage 5 - SCHOOLIN’ LIFE

Description:

Remember that feeling when the lunch bell rang and you could finally attend to what really mattered? From hopscotch to a classic game of tip, the school playground was essential in forging lifelong friendships and memories.

Choreographer:

Anusha Puvanendiranathan

Dancers:

Abillash Siva
Anusha Puvanendiranathan
Anusha Rajan
Ashwin Siva
Darshana Kannan
Durga Shivaji
Jaya Kachwaha
Joel Jenson
Johanna Kennedy
Manesha Sembu

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Stage 6 - YOUNG ADULT: BREAKING FREE

Description:

There’s a moment in life when we’re forced to figure out who we are. A state of survival as we’re thrown out into the wild, into what we call, the workforce. Through the confines of newfound responsibility and corporate structure we navigate our way to our true passions.

Choreographer:

Tara Grover

Dancers:

Anika Bhatia
Fiona Mali
Minal Bhagwat
Nischeta Velu
Piraaj Singh
Selani Adikari
Shivani Dewan
Sneha Iyer
Sonali Dewan
Srishti Patil
Sukanya Iyer
Tara Grover

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Stage 7 - FALLING IN LOVE

Description:

Argentine Tango is a non-verbal intuitive language that speaks through the embrace. It is an ongoing conversation between two souls, two hearts … the perfect way to express yourself, when the right words are not to be found. Eternal while it lasts.

Choreographer:

Belen Silva

Dancers:

Members of the
“Idioma Tango Project”
(“The Tango Language”):

Amy & Chris
Oscar & Roshni
Peter & Kim
Uma & Belen

Behind the Scenes Footage

Stage 8 - 21ST CENTURY INDIAN WEDDING

Description:

Celebrating your child’s wedding in any culture is a reason to celebrate, but who would have imagined there would be generational differences within the same culture?

Choreographers:

Pooja Hariharan
Thripura Hariharan

Dancers:

Andrena Kandiah
Harsh Solanki
Jeet Parikh
Kamal Jayakumar
Kiran Kannan
Megha Gupta
Padma Raghunathan
Pooja Hariharan
Sanjana Jose
Tasmiah Aziz
Thripura Hariharan
Vinaya Elijala

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Stage 9 - LIFE AFTER MARRIAGE: PART 1

Description:

From harmless flirting to an unbreakable bond, this new chapter celebrates the beginning of a life shared with one another. With a little romance and a lot of fun, these newlyweds live every moment to the fullest, together as one.

Choreographers:

Fiona Mali
Piraaj Singh

Dancers:

Fiona Mali
Harsh Solanki
Kabir Bhasin
Kamal Jayakumar
Minal Bhagwat
Neelaksh Kush
Nirmit Shah
Piraaj Singh
Selani Adikari
Shivani Dewan
Smarth Kapoor
Sneha Iyer
Sonali Dewan
Srihari Nair
Sukanya Iyer
Tara Grover

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Stage 10 - LIFE AFTER MARRIAGE: PART 2

Description:

Sometimes, there is a madness in love. However, some relationships just aren’t worth fighting for, especially when the person you fall for isn’t ready to catch you.

Choreographers:

Abillash Siva
Jaya Kachwaha

Dancers:

Abillash Siva
Jaya Kachwaha

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Stage 11 - EMPTY NESTERS

Description:

As we bid farewell to full-time parenting, a journey of rediscovery begins. From reigniting a once young love to reviving some retro dance moves, parents are still young…right?

Choreographers:

Shivani Dewan
Tara Grover

Dancers:

Minal Bhagwat
Nischeta Velu
Tara Grover
Piraaj Singh
Selani Adikari
Shivani Dewan
Srishti Patil
Sonali Dewan

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Stage 12 - LOSS OF LIFE

Description:

Some of the hardest times in life are when we lose our loved ones, and it is even more shattering when the ones we lose are our parents. In such times, we may turn to God, in particular Lord Shiva, as we seek spirituality and strength in these trying times.

Choreographers:

Abi Vaseeharan
Balaki Parameshwaran

Dancers:

Abhisri Negi
Abi Vaseeharan
Anjali Cuganesan
Balaki Parameshwaran
Jahnavy Vaseeharan
Jessica Jayakumar
Rachana Shastri
Sharanga Satchidanandam

Behind the Scenes Footage

Stage 13 - A LIFE WELL LIVED

Description:

At our last breaths of life, we come full circle to celebrate a life well lived.

Choreographers:

Anusha Puvanendiranathan
Athiththa Satchithanandha
Durga Shivaji

Dancers:

Anusha Puvanendiranathan
Athiththa Satchithanandha
Durga Shivaji

Behind the Scenes Footage

The Journey to the Stage