Kelmscott event connects cultures

Kelmscott event connects cultures

Rathi Kandiah, performing a fire ceremony.

On Saturday, a community of West Australians of Indian Heritage connected with the ancient people of this land, the Noongar people of Whadjuk Boodjar, in a celebration of culture, called Bhu(Me)Jha 2024.

People gathered at the Art Sanctuary in the Kelmscott hills where an immersive program took those in attendance on a journey through ceremony, meditation, dance,

Jankawa Nadarra and Noel Nannup

music, storytelling and food, drawing parallels between Indian spiritual thought and the ancient ways of Indigenous Australia.

Bhu(Me)Jha 2024 was inspired by the element of water and stories of rivers that have been flowing through the many cycles of time.

Attendees started the afternoon with a smoking ceremony, hosted by Noel Nannup.

The unique evening was presented by ChitAmbara in collaboration with Indigenous Tours WA and the Art Sanctuary Foundation.

ChitAmbara is an evolution of the performing arts wing of Saraswati Mahavidhyalaya, and its core focus is to provide a platform for a diverse range of artists, artistic practices and cultural thought to engage and explore our common purpose through connecting people and the land.

Cooking demonstrations were part of the sharing of cultures.

Photographs – Richard Polden.