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Abhinay School of Performing Arts

Abhinay School of Performing Arts is a nonprofit charity school based in Sydney, Australia which was founded in 2009 to promote art and culture from the Indian subcontinent in Australia As of 2013 the school reported having trained over 200 people in dance and theatre arts3 Abhinay means "the art of performing" in Sanskrit Playwright Alex Broun has conducted play-writing workshops with the school for the Indian community,4 and the school takes part in the yearly Short and Sweet festival he is associated with The school's president and artistic director is Aishveryaa Nidhi5

Acting workshops focus on dialogue delivery, speech analysis, and body language6 Abhinay promotes multiculturalism, and has collaborated with the Hurstville City Council to increase community participation7 The school also promotes the Hindi language through instructional classes and live performances3


The school oversees many theater productions written by Indian and non-Indian writers but specialises in promoting and nurturing Hindi language Each year, the school holds a festival dedicated to 10-minute plays in Hindi to celebrate Hindi Diwas8"Indradhanush – Australian collection of Hindi Plays" The festival was created after a playwriting workshop with Broun at the Shopfront Theatre The collection features student-written plays, which were later translated to Hindi for the festival The plays allude to contemporary, social, emotional and political issues9 From plays written during the workshop, 'Quarantine' written by Neena Badhawar, directed by Arvind Gaur, starring Aishveryaa Nidhi and Ishwak Singh was Abhinay School's first entry as an Independent Theatre Company for the inaugural New Delhi Short and Sweet festival in 201010

Abhinay was one of the performance groups who collaborated with the Sydney Theatre Company to adapt John Birmingham's 1999 book Leviathan to the stage in 201011


  1. ^ "Executive Committee" Abhinaycomau Retrieved 24 August 2015 
  2. ^ "AbhinayTheatre" Abhinaycomau Retrieved 9 September 2016 
  3. ^ a b Galinovic, Maria "Nurturing Hindi culture" The Leader Retrieved 22 August 2015 
  4. ^ Revo, Rohit 19 May 2010 "There is little chance you are going to be discovered sitting in your lounge room" Retrieved 30 June 2015 
  5. ^ Amit Sarwal "aishveryaa nidhis cinema and theatre dreams" Retrieved 25 Feb 2017 
  6. ^ Anand, Shitika 13 July 2013 "Multicultural: 8 quirky outings to 8 countries -- in Australia" Travel CNN Retrieved 14 May 2015 
  7. ^ "Indradhanush – Australian collection of Hindi Plays" Indian Herald Australia 23 September 2011 Retrieved 14 May 2015 
  8. ^ Rachael Hocking "first day indian actor bringing traditional dance and theatre australia" Retrieved 25 Feb 2017 
  9. ^ Nistha Handa "Indradhanush – Australian collection of Hindi Plays" Retrieved 25 Feb 2017 
  10. ^ "Short+Sweet debut in Delhi" The Indian Down Under Retrieved 25 Feb 2017 
  11. ^ Cuthbertson, Ian 17 September 2010 "Monstrous vision of city's first 200 years" The Australian Retrieved 17 August 2015 

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