FATHER and son duo Praveen Kumar and Roshan Praveen are excited to take part in percussion workshop next week.
The Singaporean-born duo of Indian descent have already enrolled in a workshop to learn the Indian percussion drum, the tabla, as part of Orange City Council’s A Week in Harmony program.
Mr Kumar said it was important that his son learnt about their culture and music is a big part of that.
“The tabla is quite synonymous with Indian classical dances,” he said.
“By introducing him to such events will make him appreciate where he’s from and his culture.
“Percussion is something new but he loves his music.”
The Indian percussion sessions are one of five workshops in the A Week in Harmony program at the Orange Regional Conservatorium.
Orange City Council migrant support officer Anni Gallagher said multicultural music workshops, dance events and concerts would feature in the program that kicked off from Monday.
“It’s a wonderful way to bring community together, the Aboriginal, the multicultural and the wider community” she said.
During the week five workshops will teach people a range of skills including African drumming, multicultural singing, Indian percussion, Indian dance, Aboriginal vocals and didgeridoo and Chinese vocals and mixed instruments.
“The increasing diversity in Orange has been very positive, they have contributed at all areas,” Ms Gallagher said.
“All churches and schools seem to have other people attending and it’s a great joy.”
Ms Gallagher said the workshops were free with all attendees invited to participate in the A Week in Harmony concert on Saturday, March 23 at the conservatorium from 4pm.
For further information and to book call the conservatorium on 6361 7974 or Migrant Support Services on 6393 8625.