On the Couch with Isha Sharvani

Isha Sharvani AAR On the Couch.jpgWho is Isha Sharvani?
A multidisciplinary artist, performing at Perth Festival this year in Kwongkan (Sand), where she blends Indian classical/contemporary dance, physical theatre, Mallakhamb rope and martial arts to tell a story about climate change, and why we need to unite together to make real change happen –  fast.

What would you do differently to what you do now?
I love being an artist and a mother, I am so grateful and happy to be exactly where I am at the moment.

Who inspires you and why?
My son inspires me, so does being in nature, animals inspire me as does the ocean, the wind and sky. Being alive is definitely inspiring for obvious reasons!

What would you do to make a difference in the world?
Firstly, I acknowledge that there is always scope for improvement within one’s self. Secondly, looking outwards, I feel the most pressing issue of our times is climate change. Right now, I believe that Mother Earth needs to be saved, and we all have the opportunity to make a big difference in the world! But don’t take my word for it, check it out for yourselves.

Favourite holiday destination and why?
Natikka Ayurvedic Beach Resort, I love Kerala (India) in general, but Natikka is a special gem within that. As a practitioner/ teacher of Yoga and Kalari, a martial art that’s linked to Ayurveda. I love going there once every two years or so to allow time to heal my body and mind. This resort gives you the full Ayurvedic treatment at the highest standards.

When friends come to town, what attraction would you take then to, and why?
Little Creatures in Fremantle, it’s the best bar in Perth I reckon, with awesome beers, food and views of the water. I always feel like I have reached paradise!

What are you currently reading?
The works of Rumi.

What are you currently listening to?
Not much… sometimes silence is alright too.

Happiness is?
In my hands.

What does the future hold for you?
Adventure.

Isha performs in Ochre Contemporary Dance and Daksha Sheth Dance Company’s production of Kwongkan (Sand) at the Fremantle Arts Centre from 16 February as part of the 2019 Perth Festival. For more information, visit: www.perthfestival.com.au for details.

Image: Isha Sharvani (supplied)

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