• Tuesday 20th September to Sunday 25th September

The Louise Lightfoot Legacy & Tara’s Temple Dreaming

Past Event

Photographs, costumes and items from the extraordinary stories of Louise Lightfoot and Tara Rajkumar, pioneers of Indian dance in the West.

The Music Archive of Monash University (MAMU) is proud to present selections from Louise Lightfoot’s (1902-1979) bequest and lasting legacy of music, costumes, photographs, written materials and artefacts deriving from her engagement with Indian classical dance. As the first woman in Melbourne to graduate in architecture then serving an apprenticeship with Walter Burley Griffin, Lightfoot’s career dramatically changed course in 1938 during her visit to India where she learnt two ancient dance forms – Kathakali from Kerala and Manipuri from Manipur – and became the first person to popularise and bring performances of them to Australia, then the world.

Tara Rajkumar, renowned expert on Kathakali, has explored the post-colonial evolution of this dance form through the work of Lightfoot. Tara’s research culminated in her creation of Temple Dreaming which she produced for the official opening of the Performing Arts Centre at Monash University in 1996. The performance represents Tara’s reflections on Lightfoot, encapsulating who she was, what she accomplished and the ideals she stood for. Temple Dreaming was so successful that Tara was invited to present it at India’s Golden Jubilee – the 50th anniversary of India’s Independence – in 1997, and take it on tour around the subcontinent.

IPAC is delighted to present this exhibition celebrating these two pioneering women during the 75th anniversary of India’s Independence.

  • Dates & Times:

    Tue 20 Sept: 5-8pm
    Wed 21 Sept: 5-8pm
    Thu 22 Sept: 10am-9.30pm
    Fri 23 Sept: 10am-10pm
    Sat 24 Sept: 1-9.30pm
    Sun 25 Sept: 1-7pm

    • Tuesday 20 September 2022, 5:00pm

    • Wednesday 21 September 2022, 5:00pm

    • Thursday 22 September 2022, 10:00am

    • Friday 23 September 2022, 10:00am

    • Saturday 24 September 2022, 1:00pm

    • Sunday 25 September 2022, 1:00pm

  • Performance Information

    • Venue: The Ian Potter Centre for Performing Arts

    • Age suitability: All ages

  • Venue Details

    The Ian Potter Centre for Performing Arts:
    48 Exhibition Walk, Clayton 3800


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