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Indian dance troupe a family affair
Shiva Shakti.

Shiva Shakti, the show that blends classical Indian dance with martial arts, yoga and aerial circus, is a family affair.

Dancer and Bollywood actress Isha Sharvani moves with five other dancers to the music composed by her Australian father Devissaro, a former Perth man, and the choreography of her Indian mother Daksha Sheth.

To round things out, her brother Tao Issaro is one of the five percussionists for Shiva Shakti, which opened at the Regal Theatre last night as part of the Perth International Arts Festival.

"We are like a circus troupe," Isha Sharvani said.

"There are not many like us left where the whole family are involved in the same thing."

The chance to perform the show in Perth felt like a homecoming, she said. "I am half Australian and it is really cool to be able to perform here at this level," she said.

Devissaro grew up in Perth as David Mott, a Belmont High School student who studied classical music at the University of WA in the 1970s before travelling to India in search of spiritual fulfilment.

He met and married Daksha Sheth and they settled in Kerala, in south-west India, and established the world-renowned Daksha Sheth Dance Company. Shiva Shakti, which ends on Thursday, is inspired by the life force activated by the combination of male energy (shiva) with female energy (shakti).

In other Festival news, baritone Peter Coleman-Wright has pulled out of Bluebeard's Castle and the Wooden Prince by Bela Bartok, the WA Symphony Orchestra and WA Youth Orchestra performance which closes the 2013 Festival at the Perth Concert Hall on Saturday.

Coleman-Wright was ill and unable to play the role of Bluebeard, a Festival spokeswoman said.

His place would be taken by Daniel Sumegi, who sang the role at the Brisbane Festival last year.