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Performance dates & times

Friday 7 Feb
7:30 AM
Friday 21 Feb
7:30 AM
Friday 6 Mar
7:30 AM
Friday 20 Mar

Running Time 60 minutes


FREE (Bookings essential)
In the interests of our staff and public health, Arts Centre Melbourne is currently closed until Monday 13 April.

All performances, tours and functions during this time are no longer proceeding as scheduled.

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Awaken the senses!

After three incredibly popular events earlier this year, and in response to overwhelming demand, The Southbank Dawn Raga Series is back with a summer edition.

Come along to soothe your ears and soul in the bright, warm morning delight. Journey through tranquil and uplifting Indian music and enjoy an authentic cup of chai, preparing and energising you for the day ahead.

These Dawn Ragas will take place outdoors on the Arts Centre Melbourne Main Lawn and are designed to elevate your mental state with blissful Indian classical music from local and international musicians.

A raga is the melodic framework for improvisation and composition. It is based on a scale with a given set of notes, a typical order in which they appear in melodies, and characteristic musical motifs. By using only these notes, emphasizing certain degrees of the scale, and by going from note to note in ways characteristic to the raga, the performer sets out to create a mood or atmosphere that is unique to the raga in question. There are several hundred ragas in present use, and thousands are possible in theory.

To enhance the summer series, Arts Centre Melbourne and Multicultural Arts Victoria have partnered with the City of Casey to also present a Dawn Raga Series in Bunjil Place, Narre Warren on alternate Fridays across February and March.


10 December 2019
Vinod Prasanna (flute) & Jay Dabgar (tabla)
7 February 2020
Jayshree Ramachandran OAM (vocals) & Jay Dabgar (tabla)
21 February 2020
Subramanya Sastry (karnatic flute) & Jay Dabgar (tabla)
6 March 2020
Abhijit Banerjee (tabla) & Jay Dabgar (tabla)
20 March 2020
Pramantha Tagore (sarod) & Jay Dabgar (tabla)


This project is supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria


  • Multicultural Arts Victoria
  • Bunjil Place

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