"A singer dances within, a dancer sings within"
- Sandhya Desai
Parvyn is both, and exudes a seemingly effortless grace and purity in her movement and voice. Having been brought up in Adelaide, South Australia, she is at home in both Eastern and Western styles of music and dance. Whether its classical Indian melody and rhythm or improvised jazz vocalisations she has an inherent knowledge which seamlessly moves through the different genres. She is the lead female singer of Melbourne’s original Bollywood outfit The Bombay Royale and has been performing on stages around the world from childhood with her father Dya Singh. She also performs with her husband Josh Bennett and music chameleon Andrew Clermont in the band BluGuru and duo project, Singh and Blanes, with extraordinaire Jazz pianist and vocalist Hue Blanes.
Parvyn regularly travels to Ahmedabad, India to study Classical Indian vocal and Kathak dance. She has been attending internationally acclaimed Kadmab Dance Academy headed by Smt. Kumidini Lakhia and has been taught by Sandhya Desai and Sunjukta Sinha since 2007. Vocally she learns from Shivani Patel from the Saptak School of Music.
Parvyn started singing, dancing and performing at the age of 5 as part of a band led by her father Dya Singh, often taking time off school to tour nationally and internationally to countries such as America, Canada, UK, Germany, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore and India. This led to a chance meeting with Michael Jackson who she performed with in Adelaide in 1996 and from then has lived to be on stage and pursue the arts.
Parvyn is the lead female singer in The Bombay Royale: Melbourne’s 60s and 70s Bollywood inspired Surf, disco and funk band. The release of their debut album “You Me Bullets Love” in 2012 was met with high acclaim from critics and reached number #1 on world music charts around the globe. It won awards such as Age EG Awards - Best New Talent 2012 and iTunes Breakthrough Album of the Year in World Music. In 2013 they toured Europe performing at festivals such as Glastonbury, Womad UK, Fusion Fest and were featured on the BBC Andrew Marrs show. Continued success came from their 2014 album “The Island of Dr Electrico” which had tracks that were used in Amercian TV show “Better Call Saul” and video game “Far Cry 4”.
In 2010 she formed the genre-defying band BluGuru with her soon-to-be husband Josh Bennett and musical chameleon Andrew Clermont. BluGuru gave her the freedom to experiment with combining both her Indian and Western singing styles in the one forum. She also teamed up with dancers from a range of disciplines to form Melbourne bollywood dance group Sapphire Dance to experiment with blending her interest in Indian classical and contemporary styles of choreography.
Parvyn has collaborated with Aussie Hip-Hop artists such as Mantra in 2011 on his single “Got Me Wrong” which was on high rotation on Triple J and ABC’s Rage TV show. In 2016 she also collaborated with L-Fresh the Lion on his ARIA nominated album Become.
Internationally she has performed at the Winnepeg Folk Festival, Salmon Arm Folk Fest, Hillside Festival in Canada, California World Music Fest, Glastonbury, Womad UK, Cambridge Folk Fest, Royal Albert Hall, Singapore Arts Festival, Smithsonian Institute, and extensively across Sikh community venues all over the globe.
In Australia she often performs at festivals such as Woodford Folk Festival, National Folk Festival, WOMADelaide, Fairbridge Folk Festival and many other multicultural events across all states.
Together with her husband Josh, Parvyn also tours the nation presenting cultural education workshops on Indian classical and Bollywood music and dance at primary and secondary schools as well as festivals and events working with organisations such as Multicultural Arts Victoria and Nexus Arts.