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§ “Music is the highest form of art and for those who understand it, is the highest form of worship.” Swami Vivekananda (Complete works of Swami Vivekananda Vol.5. p125)

§ OOthukkadu Venkata Subbiah eminent tamil poet and composer says:
“Niether the Scriptures, nor Yogic puranas have I read, nor do I pretend to know them. I found Truth in just one Glance of my Guru” [The great poet’s birth period is clouded in confusion some say he was born in the 16th century, some 17th century]

The Moving Finger writes, and, having writ,

Moves on: nor all thy Piety nor Wit

Shall lure it back to cancel half a Line,

Nor all thy Tears wash out a Word of it

– Omar Khayyam Translated by Edward Fitzgerald.

Who are the Sydhwaney Contributors ?


Nanditha Rao:

Nanditha, the designer of the Sydhwaney Logo and art critic says:

‘Like literature, fashion and music, visual art is a form of communication made of different elements to express one’s creativity, imagination, emotions and ability which tell a story. Using various media, colours, lines and shapes, the artist is also conveying the subject’s or their own emotions and their view of the world and who is living in it, next to the author, the designer and the musician.’ – Nanditha Rao

Learning to draw before she could write, Nanditha has produced many artworks, many of which have been exhibited in her former schools and fundraisers. She is currently beginning her second year of university for a double degree in Health Sciences in Melbourne, a renowned city for Visual and Performing Arts. To this day she produces designs and artworks for various purposes/ organizations and is currently working on illustrations for a children’s adaption of the Ramayana.

Born in Mumbai and raised in Sydney, Nanditha has been exposed to a variety of cultures from a very young age. She has been learning Bharathanatyam for twelve years and Latino ballroom dancing for the past three years. In addition she has also learned some Carnatic and is learning Hindustani music. Her main passion ofcourse remains Visual Art. and Sydhwaney is privileged their logo designed by Nanditha.

Who Am I ?


“I believe that Music is universal and transcends color, race, country, region, town, shire or village, religion, philosophy, thought, belief, attitude, creed or deed. Music is passion, Music is experience, Music is breath, Music is indescribable, Music is language of the heart, Music is beyond thought. Music can move humanity like no other.” She aspires to create a balance of energies in her performances which are rendered with the motto that music takes mankind to places where nothing else can. She believes that music transcends boundaries of language and people.

Sumathi Krishnan (Sumi) is an accomplished classical Hindustani vocalist who comes from a family of musicians from South of India, Kerala, where her ancestors were Court Musicians of the King of Thiruppunithura. Sumi started learning the South Indian style of Indian vocal music from a very young age under the tutelage of Balakrishna Bhagavathar a teacher in Shanmugha Nanda Sabha in Delhi. She later developed interest in the North Indian vocal style and spent most of the next twenty years receiving extensive training in Indian Vocal Classical music, besides being a qualified lawyer.

The late Smt Vasumathi Dantale, a leading singer from Hyderabad College of Music, India trained her in this art form and gave her the strong basis she has today which later flowered to maturity under the expert teaching of Smt Kethaki Dongre and guidance and mentoring of Sarod Maestro Late Pandit Ashok Roy in Sydney. True to this artform Sumi sings in several Indian languages and dialects. With her melodious voice, talent, enthusiasm and brightness she brings audiences alive with her soulful and appealing renditions.

The mixed background of her upbringing and her training makes her competent in both styles of Indian music, Classical genre’s, South and North Indian, which are quite different and distinctive styles of music.

Sumi has been lauded by Drum Media critic Paul Chapman as “a marvelous performer adept in both North and South Indian traditions” for her performance at the Flamenco Dreaming Show of 1995. Jill Sykes, in the Sydney Morning Herald says “The undulating melody from the classical Indian repertoire sung by Sumathi Krishnan, flows into a flamenco rhythm… the link has been established between two cultures.” Today Sumi performs in various community aid ventures, festivals, in Museums and Art Galleries and has collaborated with several other musicians and dancers in Sydney.

Sumi started writing and reporting about Indian Classical Art ventures in Sydney around 2006. Her writings are published in many international music and dance websites such as,, Indian Art Magazine Shruti, and local Indian community newspaper, The Indian Down Under,  placing Indo Australian festivals and its upcoming artists in the International Arena of the Indian diaspora. She is also a dedicated teacher of this artform and founder of a group called “Sydhwaney” which specializes in rendering songs of famous, seers and poets from various precincts of India and surrounds, and experiments with vocal melodies and harmonies with her own compositions.


2 Responses to “About”

  1. October 3, 2008 at 5:52 pm

    Hello, dear Sydhwaney!

    thank’s for visiting my site. Sydney, yes? – Great… Yes, it seems I can follow your opinion. & suppose have found a “twin in mind and soal”. 🙂 North up and Down under… sounds of a cool combination 😉

    You go further in promoting Indian culture even you are presenting poetry and dance (<- Rec.: Have you found the description about my show about “Natya… and relevance of Ragas for dance & theatr” in spring 2008?), right? – May I ask: Are you Indian Dancer, too?

    I started my activities with a text recitataive I translated out of R. Tagore’s essays, which were published 1922 as “Creative Unity” (you still can buy this book, it’s worth to read) and let it interprate of a TablaGroup at an open air festival in 2005.

    Would be great if we can keep and deepen contact. All further messages please via direct eMail (and/or chat). Thank you for giving attention.

    Wish you a great weekend! – Hope hearing from you…

    Kindly regards from Europe/Germany/Hamburg
    promotion initiative “IMC – India meets Classic” presents…
    … a radio show for Indian Classical Music.

    – E l j a y A r e m –

    (P.S.: Nice collection at podbean.)


    IMC – India meets Classic presents …
    – a radio show for Indian Classical Music.

    IMC OnAir – IMCRadio.Net @

  2. October 7, 2008 at 12:46 pm

    Hi Sumi,
    Have added your blog to my blog roll..
    Have we met?
    Keep in touch..
    best wishes,

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