PaaNi: Where the Rivers Meet

Fri, 4 Aug 2023 9:30 am

Brisbane Multicultural Centre (BEMAC)
102 Main St
Kangaroo Point QLD 4169

Sat, 5 Aug 2023 8:30 am

Casual Powerhouse Arts Centre
1 Powerhouse Road
Casula, NSW 2170

Sun, 6 Aug 2023 7:00 am

The Drum Theatre
Corner Lonsdale and Walker Streets
Dandenong VIC 3175

Sat, 12 Aug 2023 10:00 am

Auburn Courthouse Cultural Centre
4 St. Vincent Street
Auburn SA 5451

Sun, 13 Aug 2023 7:00 am

Church of the Trinity 
318 Goodwood Road
Clarence Park, SA 5034


National Tour, please see above




Event accessibility
Companion Card
Wheelchair Access

Presented by MAV in conjunction with Jay Dabgar, "PaaNi: Where the Rivers Meet" is a musical collaboration between some of Melbourne's finest musicians, uniting with the amazing sitar exponent Pandit Purbayan Chatterjee from India.

In this collaboration, the musicians aim to infuse the sounds of traditional North Indian and South Indian music with contemporary Western Jazz and Blues.

You will be immersed in the meditative melodies of the sitar and experience the uplifting beats of the tabla performed by Purbayan Chatterjee and Jay Dabgar. The duo will showcase their spontaneity and musical prowess through an improvised piece of Indian classical music. The intricate phrases played on the sitar and tabla will captivate and delight you.

This 60-minute show will be based on an evening raga (melody) and tala (rhythm).

Note for the Melbourne show: The Melbourne audience will be treated to an additional hour of performance featuring Purbayan and Jay, along with Aurora Darby, Kane Watts, Amadou Suso, Jonathan Dimond, and Luke Koszanski.

The ensemble comprises talented musicians proficient in various genres, including the North Indian sitar and tabla, South Indian Carnatic vocals, drums, African Kora, bass, and acoustic guitar. Together, they will take you on a mesmerising musical journey.

PaaNi: Where the Rivers Meet is presented by Jay Dabgar and MAV, as supported by Casula Powerhouse, The Drum, BEMAC, Artbeat and Melbourne Hindustani Classical Music Society.

Event accessibility
Companion Card
Wheelchair Access


Jay Dabgar

Tabla player

Master Tabla-player Jay Dabgar comes from a family of Tabla-makers in India and brings with him the legacy of the Benaras Gharaana style of Tabla-playing.

Pandit Purbayan Chatterjee

Sitar virtuoso

Based in Mumbai, India, Purbayan Chaterjee is one of the finest contemporary Sitar players performing Indian Classical music. Through the mesmerising sounds of his Sitar playing, he has attained a reputation as one of the great sitar players of his generation.

Aurora Darby


Melbourne musician Aurora Darby (Khyaal Vocal Ensemble, Windari) has sought proficiency in an array of global styles that range from Western Classical, Contemporary Jazz, South Indian Carnatic, Brazilian Folk music and Free Improvisation.

Amadou Suso

Kora player

Amadou Suso comes from Gambia in West Africa and is part of a Mandinka tribe that have been playing the Kora for centuries.

Jonathan Dimond

Multi-instrumentalist composer/performer

Jonathan Dimond is a multi-instrumentalist composer/performer, who brings together the worlds of Western classical, jazz and intercultural music.

Luke Koszanski

Guitar player

Luke Koszański's music is shaped by his father's blues and rock music, and the diverse international artists he has played with such as Ali Birra, Mahmoud Ahmed, Nhatty man (Ethiopia) Yusupha Ngum (Gambia), The Black Sistaz (West Papua), Purbayan Chatterjee and Sheldon D'silva (India)

Kane Watts


Professional drummer, passionate educator, live & studio session musician; Kane Watts is one of the most sought- after drummers in the Melbourne music scene.