Experience the electrifying fusion of cultures in Back to the Roots, a vibrant homage to world music. Embark on a captivating journey curated by artists from Western Sydney and regional NSW, showcasing the rich tapestry of traditional artforms in a contemporary setting.

Composer and multi-instrumentalist Ganathipan Aruneswaran intricately weaves melodies from diverse corners of the globe, drawing inspiration from the subcontinent, Asia, Africa, and Europe, promising an unforgettable auditory adventure.

Branavan Jeyarasa – Mridangam, Cajon, Ghanjira
Maxwell Barlow – Drums
Abinesh David – Bass, Piano
Kasturi Murugavel – Bass, Mandolin
Alex Chetia – Violin, Aux Perc
Minh Phan – Guitar, Bul-Bul Tharang
Deeksha Vijayakumar – Veena, Electric Guitar
Lian Wong – Flute
Ganathipan – Trumpet, Erhu

Keerthi Ravi, Durga Shivaji, Amira Buttsworth


Having grown up in Orange, Ganathipan is a versatile and creative instrumentalist, having had a guitar in his hand from the age of 5. By 17, he had completed A.Mus.A in both classical guitar and piano. Performing with James Morrison at a school concert inspired Ganathipan to dabble in other related instruments such as the bass guitar, drums and trombone. His curiosity to enhance his own sonic hasn’t stopped to this day. 

Moving to Sydney allowed Ganathipan to further embrace other cultures’ music via university and college life. His involvement in Robert Menzies College was to earn him the privilege of having an award named after him, ‘The Gana Aruneswaran Award’ for Excellence in Creative Arts. Ganathipan became inspired to combine his learnings from the Indian and Western worlds of music into eclectic instrumentals. 

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