Welcome reception for NSW Minister of Multiculturalism, Ray Williams MP 

Sydney, 22 March, 2017


I attended the reception for new minister for Multiculturalism, Ray Williams MP at NSW Parliament today. NSW Premier, Gladys Berejiklian MP, was present. There were about 100 key community leaders in attendance.

Dr Harry Harinath and Hakan Harkan (Chair & CEO of Multicultural NSW respectively) were the key officials.

Ray was sworn in as the minister for Multiculturalism 6 weeks ago.

Dr Yadu Singh

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Federal MP Julian Leeser quotes us in his speech on 18c inquiry

Sydney, 16 March, 2017

Here is the speech of Federal MP for Berowra, Julian Leeser, which quotes me (Dr Yadu Singh) and Federation of Indian Associations of NSW. Thank you Julian.


Julian Leeser MP for Berowra

Speech: Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights | Inquiry Report

 

Mr Speaker, I rise to support the recommendations made by the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights.

The Committee’s Report marks an historic breakthrough in what has been a long and difficult debate on section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act. Section 18C has been an intractable political issue since 2011.  Both sides of the debate have dug into their trenches around the principles of freedom of speech and the need for protection from serious abuse on the basis of race.

For the first time this Report provides a path to fix the problems with section 18C, while maintaining its important role as a limited protection against serious racial abuse.

Since late November, the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights has been conducting an inquiry into the operation and administration of Part IIA of the Racial Discrimination Act. The Inquiry has received submissions and heard evidence from a full range of interested parties, including complainants, respondents, jurists, academics, administrators, news organisations, Indigenous and ethnic communities.  In total, the Inquiry received more than 11,000 submissions and heard evidence from 100 witnesses.

The great success of this Inquiry has been that it has revealed the underlying problem that has fuelled the debate on section 18C. That is, that the problem lies in the way the law has been administered and on that point there is bipartisan consensus.  The process for handling section 18C complaints as it currently stands can be slow, onerous for respondents and is at odds with the case law.  The threshold for making a complaint is so low it is virtually redundant.

The problem with having such a poor administrative process is that it makes section 18C seem, to non-experts, to be much broader than it actually is. The way in which the law has been administered, including the extremely low threshold for making a complaint – sometimes only one line dashed off in a quick email – has totally undermined the original intent of the provision.   The ability to make complaints based on very little information, almost a year after the action was taken as in the QUT case, has understandably warped the public perception of 18C, which was always designed to be a very limited protection available for the most serious types of complaint.

Over the course of our Inquiry we have heard from scores of people who, despite having vastly different views on section 18C, have all agreed that the complaints handling process needs to be fixed or as some put it to us: the ‘process is the punishment’.

The QUT case illustrated the problems with the administration of the law. During the Inquiry we heard from some of the students who shared with us their terrible story of not knowing for years a complaint had been laid against them, of being hauled before the Commission and then taken to Court. Over a period of years they incurred significant cost in time, money and damage to reputation, only to have the complaint brought against them struck out as having no reasonable prospect of success.

We also heard from cartoonist Bill Leak who spoke of the stress and anxiety he suffered throughout the process, despite the clear artistic exemption that should have seen the complaint rejected instantly.

Ms Helen Kapalos, Chair of the Victorian Multicultural Commission made the following comments about focussing on process change, ‘I think you are absolutely right in endorsing a stronger process and looking at the complaint-handling mechanism’.

The President for the Federation of Indian Associations of NSW, Dr Yadu Singh, appeared before the Committee and noted that the QUT case highlighted problems with the process. Dr Singh told the committee, ‘…I believe the Australian Human Rights Commission Act should be amended so that the complaints-handling process could be streamlined.’

The Institute of Public Affairs, which has been a vocal supporter for repealing section 18C has conceded that process changes would be an improvement in the law.

Even the Commission itself recognised the need for changes to the way the law is administered.

The process changes recommended in the committee’s report will address the problems identified by the hard cases and ensure that cases like QUT and Bill Leak won’t happen again.

On this point I would like to note the comments of Tony Morris QC in today’s Australian. Tony Morris was the lawyer to the QUT students. He is a hero to many fair minded Australians for offering his services pro bono to the students.

Tony Morris is a supporter of the Repeal of section 18C but his comment illustrates why the reforms to the complaints handling process are so important. I want to draw the attention of the House to these comments because they are very significant.

Mr Morris told the Australian:

“When you analyse all the impediments that they (and in this, he means the Committee) are putting in the way of someone making an unjustified complaint, the reality is they are putting an end to the industry….The recommendations are not what some of us who oppose 18C wanted, but I suspect they will do the job.’’

The Australian noted that:

Mr Morris said that if the recommendations were introduced, a complaint similar to those against the QUT students would go nowhere.

Mr Morris went on:

“The best part is the combined effect of all the protections they are proposing to put in for respondents to complaints… If the report’s recommendations are adopted, it will lead to a level playing field so that respondents enjoy rights similar to complainants.”

Tony Morris’ intervention in this debate is highly significant.

We can all take a philosophical position on either side of this issue but what this Committee report does is address the practical concerns raised by the QUT and Bill Leak cases. Taking a practical approach provides us with a way forward for the first time in six years. I encourage all members to consider the report and reflect on it carefully.

Some commentators have suggested that the recommendations don’t do anything. Might I suggest that they have a closer look at the report as the recommendations dealing with the complaints handling process are highly significant.

Recommendations 

The recommendations will do a number of things.

Firstly, they will raise the threshold for complaints – so that less serious matters will not warrant consideration by the Commission. Specifically, any complaint will be required to allege an act which, if true could constitute unlawful discrimination.  It will need to set out sufficient details of the allegation and a lodgement fee will be required to be lodged with the Commission.  This will set a deterrent for nuisance cases. Penalties would be introduced for legal practitioners who institute complaints that have no reasonable prospects of success and for legal practitioners or complainants who act unreasonably in the process.

Second, the proposals are designed to create a more level playing field by empowering the Commission to give reasonable assistance to respondents to match its current powers for complainants and by imposing time limits on the complaints handling process, in particular for notifying respondents.

Third, the recommendations give the Commission greater powers to terminate complaints, allowing the Commission to terminate earlier and expanding the grounds so that a complaint can be terminated if it is assessed to be unwarranted or to have no reasonable prospect of success.

Fourth, the recommendations will also restrict access to the Courts following a complaint’s termination by the Commission by requiring complainants to seek leave of the Court and to provide security for costs before commencing proceedings.

And finally the recommendations create greater accountability by providing for parliamentary oversight of the Human Rights Commission – which has been accused of being a law unto itself.

The recommendations are ground-breaking for what they will achieve.

First and foremost, they will get section 18C off the front pages and allow it to perform its intended function as a limited but effective protection against racial hatred; they will place the onus on the Human Rights Commission and on the lawyers who bring complaints to get the process right; and they will help bolster freedom of speech by limiting the types of complaints that are deemed worthy of further consideration by the Commission.

I know this Report has been criticised yesterday for providing the Government options for dealing with section 18C reflecting the diversity of opinion on a bipartisan committee. To be clear my own preferred option is to codify the test set out by Justice Kiefel in 2001 and repeatedly applied for the last 16 years that 18C refers to the discrimination which must have “profound and serious effects not to be likened to mere slights.”  Such a codification will help the public understanding that the words in section 18C, have not been given their natural and ordinary meaning but apply to a far more limited range of complaints.

But I want to be crystal clear. The root cause of problem is that the legislation has not been administered properly.  The way in which the legislation has been applied by the Australian Human Rights Commission has allowed nuisance complaints to be treated with the same level of consideration as serious complaints.

But when you look at the problem forensically.

When you try to uncover the root cause.

When you try to properly diagnose so that you can then prescribe the required medicine, all the evidence indicates that the process is the problem.

That is why we have recommended significant and serious process changes.

Should these recommendations be adopted, they will go a long way to bridging the gulf between the public perception of what the legislation does and the reality of its legal application.

It is important that we provide some protection against the worst types of hate speech. While freedom of speech is fundamental to any democratic society the Anglo Australian tradition is not one of unrestrained free speech.

The case law on section 18C is settled. It has provided a limited but important protection against Holocaust denial and serious racial abuse against Indigenous people and ethnic communities. At the same time the defences in section 18D, described by Professor Adrienne Stone as a ‘set of defences which have no equal in their extensiveness in any of the law anywhere in the world’, have allowed fair and reasonable public comment and artistic expression through cartoons and satire. The real problem has been the process. For the first time in six years, the Parliament has bipartisan support to fix it.

Section 18C should go back to being a limited protection for only the very worst kind of behaviour – an ‘in case of emergency break glass’ provision – which is what it was always intended to be.

Mr Speaker, I commend this Report to the House.


Dr Yadu Singh

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FIAN Press Release: Not just fines, jail terms should also be given to fake doctors

Press Release: NOT JUST FINES, JAIL TERMS SHOULD ALSO BE GIVEN TO FAKE DOCTORS Final

Sydney, 15 March, 2017

Not just fines, jail terms should also be given to fake doctors

FIAN LOGOShyam Acharya stole the identity and medical degrees of someone else and then entered Australia where he worked as a junior doctor in 4 NSW hospitals during 2003-2014. He was on a limited medical registration and was permitted to work under supervision. He never went through rigorous medical registration processes.

Shyam Acharya obtained Australian citizenship too. After co-workers developed suspicion about his medical background in 2014-15, when he worked with pharmaceutical companies, a complaint was made to Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Authority (AHPRA). AHPRA has taken him to the court under relevant laws. He is facing a maximum of $30,000 fines. His exact whereabouts are unknown, but the latest reports point this place to be India.

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http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/fake-doctor-shyam-acharya-shows-big-failing-of-the-system-peter-dutton-says-20170309-guuwjj.html

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-03-11/nsw-health-minister-to-seize-home-of-alleged-fake-doctor/8345566?smid=Page:+ABC+News-Facebook_Organic&WT.tsrc=Facebook_Organic&sf61580228=1

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-03-11/nsw-health-minister-to-seize-home-of-alleged-fake-doctor/8345566

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/nsw-health-to-seize-home-of-fake-doctor-shyam-acharya/news-story/b9c4629ffc4189dd403d1f5c45cd9e95

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw/fake-doctor-shyam-acharya-left-wife-and-child-behind-in-australia-when-he-fled/news-story/a3f4c960f3b78297dc5a58dc90c31c2d

NSW Health Minister, Brad Hazzard, is rightly keen for the relevant rules to be amended so that Mr Acharya or anyone else who acts or pretends as a doctor, but is not a registered doctor and not entitled to hold himself/herself out as a medical doctor, is also punished with a jail term. Federal Health Minister, Greg Hunt, supports this proposal.

NSW Health is exploring the possibility to recoup the money paid by NSW Government to this fake doctor by forcing a sale and seizing his share in this house, which he co-owns in Ryde. This house is apparently worth $1.5 million.

Multiple investigations are under way currently to get to the bottom of how a fake doctor could work for 11 years within NSW Health and obtain Australian citizenship, and how it took more than a decade to find his illegal activities.

We have a grave concern about this case because of its real and potential consequences for patients. We are concerned also because of its potential to create a substantial harm to medical profession, especially to those who share his geographical origin as a way of their background or ethnicity.

System failed here big time, but it is well-known that systems and processes for medical registration in Australia have been tightened in 2013. Identification and credentialing are performed stringently.

We are hopeful that investigating authorities will find out ins and outs of this matter, and get him extradited from wherever he is currently hiding. He must be brought to justice.

We believe that fines alone are not sufficient penalties for such people. Custodial sentences should also be in place to punish the culprits and create a significant deterrence against such behavior.

Not just fines, jail terms should also be given to fake doctors.

It is not appropriate or permissible for people to write “Dr” before their names and hold themselves as medical practitioners if they are not registered as a medical practitioner in Australia.

Similarly, there is a trend for some with a PhD from overseas to write “Dr” before their names, even when they are working in a totally unrelated area (to the field of their PhD). The purpose behind this is to gain undeserved reputation and credibility. Unfortunately, some of these people are known to have very poor integrity and are involved in disreputable, if not illegal, activities like exploitation of vulnerable people. People should not be permitted to hold themselves out as scientists or research scholars, with word “Dr” before their names, if they are not working in the field of their PhD.

Dr Yadu Singh

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Further Info:

https://yadusingh.com/2017/03/11/not-just-fines-jail-terms-should-also-be-given-to-fake-doctors/

https://yadusingh.com/2017/03/15/smh-should-not-allow-its-platform-for-racially-abusing-indians/

Not just fines, jail terms should also be given to fake doctors

Sydney, 11 March, 2017

It is a matter of grave concern that Shyam Acharya stole the identity and medical degrees of Dr Sarang Chitale, and then entered Australia where he worked as a junior doctor in 4 NSW hospitals-Hornsby, Manly, Wyong and Gosford hospitals during 2003-2014. He was on a limited registration and was permitted to work under supervision in public hospitals. He never went though rigorous medical registration processes.

The identity and degrees he stole from is Dr Sarang Chitale who is a reputed Rheumatologist in North England.

Shyam Acharya obtained Australian citizenship too. After co-workers developed suspicion about his medical background after 2014-15, when worked in pharmaceutical companies, a complaint was made to Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Authority (AHPRA). AHPRA has taken him to the court under relevant laws. The case is pending in a Sydney court. He is facing a maximum of $30,000 fines. His whereabouts are unknown presently. It is suspected that he has fled to India.

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http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/fake-doctor-shyam-acharya-shows-big-failing-of-the-system-peter-dutton-says-20170309-guuwjj.html

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-03-11/nsw-health-minister-to-seize-home-of-alleged-fake-doctor/8345566?smid=Page:+ABC+News-Facebook_Organic&WT.tsrc=Facebook_Organic&sf61580228=1

http://www.mamamia.com.au/nsw-fake-doctor/?utm_campaign=Mamamia&utm_source=SocialFlow&utm_medium=Facebook

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-03-11/nsw-health-minister-to-seize-home-of-alleged-fake-doctor/8345566

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/nsw-health-to-seize-home-of-fake-doctor-shyam-acharya/news-story/b9c4629ffc4189dd403d1f5c45cd9e95

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw/fake-doctor-shyam-acharya-left-wife-and-child-behind-in-australia-when-he-fled/news-story/a3f4c960f3b78297dc5a58dc90c31c2d

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NSW Health Minister, Brad Hazzard, is keen for the relevant rules to be amended so that Mr Acharya or anyone else who acts or pretends as a doctor, but is not a registered doctor and not entitled to hold himself/herself out as a medical doctor, is also punished with a jail term. Federal Health Minister, Greg Hunt, supports this proposal.

NSW Health is exploring the possibility to recoup the money paid by NSW Government to this fake doctor by forcing the sale and seizing his share in this house, which he co-owns in Ryde. Apparently, this house is of $1.5 million value.

Multiple investigations are under way currently to get to the bottom of how a fake doctor could work for 11 years within NSW Public Health System and obtain Australian citizenship, before getting caught.

This case is all over the news and people are talking about it because of its brazen nature and long duration. Many doctors are quite concerned about this case because of its real and potential consequences for patients. It also has a potential to create a substantial harm to medical profession, especially to those who share his geographical origin as a way of their background or ethnicity.

System failed here big time, but it is well-known that systems and processes for medical registration have been tightened in 2013. Identification and credentialing are performed stringently.

In due course, investigating authorities will find out ins and outs of this matter, and get him extradited from wherever he is currently hiding. He must be brought to justice.

We believe that fines alone are not sufficient penalties for such people. Jail terms should also be in place to create a significant deterrence against such behaviour. Federation of Indian Associations of NSW is demanding a review of the punishment regime for those who violate the law in this regard. PRESS RELEASE: NOT JUST FINES, JAIL TERMS SHOULD ALSO BE GIVEN TO FAKE DOCTORS Final

It is not appropriate or permissible for any person to write “Dr” before their names and hold themselves as medical practitioners if they are not registered as a medical practitioner in Australia.

Similarly, there is a trend for some with a PhD from overseas to write “Dr” before their names, even when they are working in a totally unrelated area (to the field of their PhD) to gain undeserved reputation and credibility. Unfortunately, some of these people are involved in disreputable, if not illegal, activities like exploitation of vulnerable people and are not known to have integrity. We believe that people should not be permitted to hold themselves out as scientists or research scholars,  with word “Dr” before their names, if they are not working in the field of their PhD.

Dr Yadu Singh

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Parramasala 2017: the festival of cultures and diversity, 10-12 March

Sydney, 8 March, 2017


Parramasala, the cultural bonanza, is happening in Parramatta this weekend (10, 11, 12 March, 2017). http://www.parramasala.com/

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“Since 2010, Parramasala has evolved into a free public celebration of the diverse and rich cultures in Sydney’s west – a heady and colourful mix of music, dance, parade, theatre, food, film and heritage.

Parramasala attracts around 30,000 people of which over 70% were born in countries other than Australia. More than 30 nationalities and cultures have been represented by the festival.

Parramasala has now moved its dates to be part of Multicultural March 2017 and will be held Friday 10 March, Saturday 11 March and Sunday 12 March 2017.

The event will again be held in Parramatta’s Prince Alfred Square, in the Riverside Theatres and 2017 will see it spread to the Parramatta Riverbanks.
Parramasala will continue to offer free entertainment, markets, music, visual arts and a party atmosphere – giving the whole family the opportunity to experience the many diverse cultures of Sydney and to explore facets of life in Western Sydney.

Western Sydney is home to Australia’s most culturally diverse population and is the ideal area to host an event which brings together so many cultures in a positive, inclusive and friendly atmosphere.” is how Parramasala describes this great festival.

Information below is copied from Parramasala website. http://www.parramasala.com/events/

All Events

Competitions - Win Prizes at Parramasala!
Friday 10 March 2017

Competitions – Win Prizes at Parramasala!

10:00AM Prince Alfred Square

Want to win movie passes to Hoyts? Or maybe an evening out at the Premiers Harmony Day Dinner? Or how about a cooking class for you and your friends? You could even win a trip to India! We have so many exciting competitions at this years festival, get set to win some super cool prizes at Parramasala!

Kiko - Parramasala Mascot
Friday 10 March 2017

Kiko – Parramasala Mascot

5:00PM Parramasala Pantry – Riverside Courtyard

Ceramic artist Vipoo Srivilasa worked closely with Parramasala to create the mascot which was produced by The Inflatable Events Company. The inflatable is lit from within and will glow at night.

Coco Varma
Friday 10 March 2017

Coco Varma

5:00PM The Lennox Stage – Prince Alfred Square

Coco Varma is back at Parramasala 2017. Known as the ‘Godfather of Indo Electronica’ – Coco’s diversity is his strength!

Spice Alley / Food & Drink
Friday 10 March 2017

Spice Alley / Food & Drink

5:00PM Spice Alley

Take a wander through the streets of Spice Alley to find a mouthwatering meal! Located at Market Street, Parramatta, Prince Alfred Square, Parramatta and the Parramatta River Foreshore – you’ll be sure to find food that will tantalise the taste buds and leave you wanting more!

Rides & Attractions
Friday 10 March 2017

Rides & Attractions

5:00PM Prince Alfred Park

Enjoy an evening out with the whole family at Parramasala! Why not take a ride on a camel, enjoy the view from our ferris wheel, or get adventurous and have a go on our bungy ride. There’s a ride and attraction for all ages at Parramasala!

Masala Markets
Friday 10 March 2017

Masala Markets

5:00PM Prince Alfred Square

This year the Masala Markets will be bigger and better than ever. Experience the exotic, discover delicacies from around the world, try traditional artforms including henna hand painting or meditation and pick up everything from spices to lamps, from jewellery to furniture, from one its many stalls. The Masala Markets transform Prince Alfred Square into a bustling bazaar that brings all the magic of Asia right to your door step and offers a unique experience for the whole family.

Adorned - Wisdom, Memory & Song
Friday 10 March 2017

Adorned – Wisdom, Memory & Song

5:00PM Raffertys Theatre – Riverside Theatre

Adorned – wisdom, memory and song is a video installation featuring collaborative performances and handmade wearables by a diverse community of Western Sydney artists and makers.

Opening Night Parade
Friday 10 March 2017

Opening Night Parade

6:30PM Centenary Square

The Parramasala Parade is one of the highlights of Parramasala 2017 and brings together many different communities, traditions and cultures in a colourful procession that will amaze and delight!

Ilisavani Cava
Friday 10 March 2017

Ilisavani Cava

8:00PM The Lennox Stage – Prince Alfred Square

Ilisavani is a Sydney-based artist from Fiji who started singing at a very young age. In 2009, at the age of 16 he made history as the youngest winner to win Fijian Idol, declaring his position as one of the most talented musicians of the Pacific. Ilisavani has also featured on The X Factor and The Voice.

The Replicants
Friday 10 March 2017

The Replicants

8:30PM The Lennox Stage – Prince Alfred Square

A spectacular optical light performance using state of the art light equipment & technology. With clever light costuming and a dynamic choreography, The Replicants bring a real wow factor act, creating mesmerising visual displays which leave audiences gasping in amazement.

L-FRESH The LION
Friday 10 March 2017

L-FRESH The LION

8:45PM The Lennox Stage – Prince Alfred Square

L-FRESH is an artist like no other. He is renowned for his powerful presence and inspiring live shows. L-FRESH is inspired by the soulful movement in US hip hop of the late 1990s / early 2000s, and the love and respect for his own cultural and ancestral roots of the Sikhs from Punjab, India.

Rides & Attractions
Saturday 11 March 2017

Rides & Attractions

10:00AM Prince Alfred Square

Enjoy an evening out with the whole family at Parramasala! Why not take a ride on a camel, enjoy the view from our ferris wheel, or get adventurous and have a go on our bungy ride. There’s a ride and attraction for all ages at Parramasala!

Adorned Headdress Workshops
Saturday 11 March 2017

Adorned Headdress Workshops

10:00AM Prince Alfred Square

Celebrate colour, culture and community with the Adorned artists by designing and making your own headdress. Using a simple template and a colourful array of textured materials, participants will work with the artists featured in the Adorned artwork to decorate a special headdress to wear at the Parramasala festival. All ages welcome. Free.

Masala Mix DJ's Reunion
Saturday 11 March 2017

Masala Mix DJ’s Reunion

10:00AM The Lennox Stage + Dance Stage – Prince Alfred Square

From 2SER’s legendary Masala Mix – DJ Akaash reunites with Miguel at Parramasala to support the onstage flow of Parramasala by adding pinches of spicy masala mixes they have put together to add to the whole festive sizzle.

Technology District
Saturday 11 March 2017

Technology District

10:00AM Prince Alfred Square

Ever wanted to fly a real life drone or build your own mini piano out of electrical components? Or how about use a specialised solar telescope to take pictures of the sun? There are so many fun activities down at the Technology District for all ages, so make sure you come along!

Bobby Singh & Guests - Morning Ragas
Saturday 11 March 2017

Bobby Singh & Guests – Morning Ragas

10:30AM The Lennox Stage – Prince Alfred Square

One of Australia’s highest regarded musicians Tabla player Bobby Singh is a Disciple of the great maestro Pandit Aneesh Pradhan a phenomenal player, teacher and scholar.

IM/MODESTY - a Sound Installation by Shoeb Ahmad
Saturday 11 March 2017

IM/MODESTY – a Sound Installation by Shoeb Ahmad

11:00AM ICE – Information and Cultural Exchange

Inspired by his own teenage experiences and the stories of others with a similar background, Bangladeshi-Australian sound artist Shoeb Ahmad explores the blooming of one’s inner sexuality, meditations on intimacy and exploration of personal relationships in “im/modesty”, a 60 minute sound work that uses a text narrative for three voices to guide the listener through a psycho-geographic trip of one’s sub-continental heritage, written for and manipulated from Indian electronic instruments, harmonium and percussion as well as field sounds recorded in southern India and Bangladesh.

Indigenous Cultural Activities - Burangilli-Yilby
Saturday 11 March 2017

Indigenous Cultural Activities – Burangilli-Yilby

11:00AM Parramatta River Foreshore

Bring the whole family down to learn about Indigenous culture through a range of fun and engaging activities. Why not try your hand at weaving, enjoy Indigenous storytelling and puppets, have a go at ochre tree painting or watch a traditional wood carving demonstration. There are events and activities suitable for young and old!

Tai Chi Fitness Australia
Saturday 11 March 2017

Tai Chi Fitness Australia

12:00PM Dance Stage – Prince Alfred Square

Tai Chi Fitness Australia (TCFA) was established in 2000 by Sue Chang.  The group will perform three dances led by Tai Chi Master Chu.

Parramatta Language Festival
Saturday 11 March 2017

Parramatta Language Festival

12:00PM ICE (Information + Cultural Exchange)

Join us for a celebration of the language diversity! The purpose of this festival is to show the great linguistic diversity of languages in existence.

Adorned – Wisdom, Memory & Song
Saturday 11 March 2017

Adorned – Wisdom, Memory & Song

12:00PM Raffertys Theatre – Riverside Theatre

Adorned – wisdom, memory and song is a video installation featuring collaborative performances and handmade wearables by a diverse community of Western Sydney artists and makers.

Tiffany Jones - Cooking Demonstration
Saturday 11 March 2017

Tiffany Jones – Cooking Demonstration

12:00PM Parramasala Pantry – Riverside Courtyard

Come and join pastry chef Tiffany Jones as she demonstrates how to prepare delightful desserts, pastries and cakes!

Cinema Thali
Saturday 11 March 2017

Cinema Thali

12:00PM Lennox Theatre – Riverside Theatre

Cinema Thali film festival will return to Parramasala in 2017! Join us for a celebration of South Asian cinema at Cinema Thali in Lennox Theatre March 10th and 11th! The festival showcases films from around the world and is not to be missed! Cinema Thali is presented by SBS. Read more for films and times

Makindu
Saturday 11 March 2017

Makindu

12:00PM Parramatta River Foreshore

Makindu are a duo that combine the ancient rhythms of the tabla with the mystical melodies of the clarinet. Tim, raised in Sydney, and Randeep raised in London and of Punjabi background, first met in Australia in 2013. Their music tells the story of their meeting across cultures and their journey together from Australia to India, Europe and back again. Inspired by Sikh devotional hymns, improvisation, and folk songs collected in their travels, their music is an exploration that remains rooted in the sacred and traditional.

Parramasala Pantry
Saturday 11 March 2017

Parramasala Pantry

12:00PM Riverside Theatre Courtyard

Riverside Theatre courtyard will come alive as our celebrity and guest chefs perform live cooking demonstrations that will tantalize the tastebuds and fill the room with the aromas of freshly cooked meals from around the world!

Duke Dreamer & The Aviators
Saturday 11 March 2017

Duke Dreamer & The Aviators

12:00PM Parramatta River Foreshore

Expect death defying circus, bizarre illusion, and kooky off-the-cuff comedy…and expect Duke Dreamer to light his bum on fire.

Kiko - Parramasala Mascot
Saturday 11 March 2017

Kiko – Parramasala Mascot

12:00PM Parramasala Pantry – Riverside Courtyard

Ceramic artist Vipoo Srivilasa worked closely with Parramasala to create the mascot which was produced by The Inflatable Events Company. The inflatable is lit from within and will glow at night.

Suwitra Jaya - UNSW Gamelan Orchestra
Saturday 11 March 2017

Suwitra Jaya – UNSW Gamelan Orchestra

12:00PM The Lennox Stage – Prince Alfred Square

The UNSW Balinese gamelan, called Suwitra Jaya (‘noble friendship’) was commissioned by the School of Arts and Media (Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences) in 2012. Suwitra Jaya has performed regularly in collaboration with dancers and musicians from the Balinese community in Sydney as well as performing artists from Bali.

AAPES Parkour
Saturday 11 March 2017

AAPES Parkour

12:30PM Parramatta River Foreshore

You’ll find AAPES Parkour junior staff roaming around the Parramatta River Foreshore and performing tricks and stunts that will take your breath away!

Lucky African Dance & Drum Workshop
Saturday 11 March 2017

Lucky African Dance & Drum Workshop

12:30PM Dance Stage – Prince Alfred Square

Lucky African Drum and Dance brings together master musicians and dancers from all over West Africa to provide a unique and engaging performances that draw on many cultures and art forms.

Bukhu
Saturday 11 March 2017

Bukhu

1:00PM Parramasala Pantry – Riverside Courtyard

Bukhu’s music brings a contemporary take on the tradition of Mongolian bards – horse fiddle and throat singing – spiritual Mongolian music.

Bollywood Workshop - Nautanki Theatre
Saturday 11 March 2017

Bollywood Workshop – Nautanki Theatre

1:00PM Experiment Farm Cottage

As part of Parramasala 2017, the National Trust of Australia (NSW) in partnership with Nautanki Theatre are delighted to present a unique Bollywood dance workshop for children and adults of all age groups.

Cook Islanders
Saturday 11 March 2017

Cook Islanders

1:00PM Parramatta River Foreshore

The distinctive Cook Islander drumming is world famous, characterised by heavy drums and ukuleles. Come down to the Parramatta River Foreshore and watch as they perform a vibrant display of music that will get you moving!

Matanza
Saturday 11 March 2017

Matanza

1:15PM The Lennox Stage – Prince Alfred Square

The irresistible grooves of Paul Chenard’s, Matanza are back, this time with a Brazilian recording project that was started a year ago. Matanza is set apart from many other Latin jazz line-ups by its sheer energy level, charisma, and most of all, its sense of fun.

Workshop – Vipoo Sriviliasa
Saturday 11 March 2017

Workshop – Vipoo Sriviliasa

1:30PM Prince Alfred Square

Come and take part in a fun workshop presented by artist Vipoo Srivilasa, creator of Kiko our Parramasala Mascot!

What Happens After Midnight in Parramatta
Saturday 11 March 2017

What Happens After Midnight in Parramatta

2:00PM Dance Stage – Prince Alfred Square

Urban Theatre Projects has commissioned Director Roslyn Oades to collaborate with five young people from the Parramatta area on the creation of a new work – What Happens After Midnight? This talk will provide audiences with a valuable insight into the collaboration and is a chance to hear first-hand about making a new work that is connected with the local area.

Miriam Lieberman Trio
Saturday 11 March 2017

Miriam Lieberman Trio

2:30PM The Lennox Stage – Prince Alfred Square

Miriam Lieberman Trio seamlessly fuse the lilting harmonies of the kora – a 21 string West African harp – with classical strings and a western folk/pop sensibility. A beautiful, exotic journey from Sydney’s seascapes to the bustling streets of Mali and beyond.

Tom Prosser - Cooking Demonstration
Saturday 11 March 2017

Tom Prosser – Cooking Demonstration

2:30PM Parramasala Pantry – Riverside Courtyard

Come and join Tom Prosser as he cooks up a storm in the Parramasala Pantry, showcasing his love and passion for cooking French cuisine!

Shohrat Tursun
Saturday 11 March 2017

Shohrat Tursun

3:00PM Parramasala Pantry – Riverside Courtyard

Shohrat’s performances of traditional Uyghur music will instantly transport to you to a world where the Silk Road traded stories not just spices.

Bollywood Musical Game Show (Antakshari)
Saturday 11 March 2017

Bollywood Musical Game Show (Antakshari)

3:30PM Dance Stage – Prince Alfred Square

Bollywood has generously contributed to the great tradition of popular Indian music. Antakshari is a popular musical game show which is traditionally played by competing teams who sing much loved film songs and quiz about their knowledge of Bollywood films.

The Three Seas
Saturday 11 March 2017

The Three Seas

3:45PM The Lennox Stage – Prince Alfred Square

The Three Seas combine elements of Indian folk music with a western style of song form in a band full of engaging performers from India and Australia. Listeners can expect a soulful, song-based repertoire with a diverse array of voices and unusual instruments…no Tabla’s or Sitar’s here.

Brian Johnson Jammin Jerk - Cooking Demonstration
Saturday 11 March 2017

Brian Johnson Jammin Jerk – Cooking Demonstration

4:00PM Parramasala Pantry – Riverside Courtyard

The Parramasala Pantry will be filled with rich aromas as Brian Johnson from Jammin Jerk cooks up his authentic signature marinades and sauces from his home country of Jamaica!

Swastik Institute of Dance
Saturday 11 March 2017

Swastik Institute of Dance

4:15PM Parramatta River Foreshore

Swastik Institute of Dance bring Bollywood and live Bhangra with Dhol drums to the Parramatta River Foreshore!

Soul Drummer
Saturday 11 March 2017

Soul Drummer

4:45PM Parramasala Pantry – Riverside Courtyard

Soul Drummer provides African drumming performances to connect and inspire. They are committed to sharing a passion for drumming, music and life with people. It is all about connecting individuals, creating community and celebrating life through rhythm.

Mai Khoi & The Dissidents
Saturday 11 March 2017

Mai Khoi & The Dissidents

5:00PM The Lennox Stage – Prince Alfred Square

In a soundscape where so many groups look and sound the same, Mai Khoi and the Dissidents offer something you have never heard before. Mai Khoi & the Dissidents is a cathartic venting born out of creative protest, the defiant Hanoi-based experimental group is as bold sonically as they are politically. Weaving eastern woodwinds through western brass layered over dissonant guitar, with Mai Khoi’s voice instantly recognisable for its angelic qualities.

Capoeira Angola - ECAMAR
Saturday 11 March 2017

Capoeira Angola – ECAMAR

5:30PM Parramatta River Foreshore

Capoeira Angola is an Afro-Brazilian art form that combines elements of martial art, music and dance. Capoeira Angola is listed on the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity list for promoting worldwide mutual respect and social cohesion.

JAL - Parched Emotions
Saturday 11 March 2017

JAL – Parched Emotions

5:30PM Dance Stage – Prince Alfred Square

Jal – the Hindi word for water – is the essence of life, and the very core of this one-hour dance drama produced by Sydney-based Swastik Institute of Dance.

South Asian Diaspora - Perception and Reality
Saturday 11 March 2017

South Asian Diaspora – Perception and Reality

5:30PM Information & Cultural Exchange (ICE)

Presented by Nautanki Theatre. Four wonderful speakers – writers, academics and social workers will discuss the topic – South Asian Diaspora – Perception and Reality.

Furqan Lodhi - Cooking Demonstration
Saturday 11 March 2017

Furqan Lodhi – Cooking Demonstration

5:30PM Parramasala Pantry – Riverside Courtyard

Furqan is a Parramatta local and Executive Chef at Haandee Restaurant! He will be cooking up some of his favourite dishes from his home country of Pakistan, which is set to fill the pantry with the aromas of freshly cooked Pakistani cuisine!

IndOz Rhythms
Saturday 11 March 2017

IndOz Rhythms

6:00PM Parramatta River Foreshore

Chenda is the traditional drum from the South Indian state of Kerala called the “Gods Own Country”.  ‘Chenda Melam’ is an essential part of any major temple festival in Kerala.

DJ Sheerien
Saturday 11 March 2017

DJ Sheerien

6:00PM Parramasala Pantry – Riverside Courtyard

At Parramasala, DJ Sheerien will be mixing her signature style of Ancient Booty Beats – heard around the world at festivals and night clubs.

Worlds Collide
Saturday 11 March 2017

Worlds Collide

6:15PM The Lennox Stage – Prince Alfred Square

‘Worlds Collide’ invite audiences to move their bodies…with music ranging from meditative drones and sacred African chants to full on dance beats with soaring vocals and hip hop rhymes, this performance is designed to take listeners on a journey into the NEW SOUND of multicultural Australia.

IndOz Rhythms
Saturday 11 March 2017

IndOz Rhythms

7:00PM Parramatta River Foreshore

Chenda is the traditional drum from the South Indian state of Kerala called the “Gods Own Country”.  ‘Chenda Melam’ is an essential part of any major temple festival in Kerala.

Past Forward by Leela Samson and Spanda Dance
Saturday 11 March 2017

Past Forward by Leela Samson and Spanda Dance

7:00PM Riverside Theatre

Internationally acclaimed Bharatanatyam dancer and choreographer, Leela Samson brings her company Spanda to Australia for the first time! Past Forward is a body of creative work by Leela Samson. It depicts an inward journey experienced through the individual body and the group collective. .

Radical Son
Saturday 11 March 2017

Radical Son

7:30PM The Lennox Stage – Prince Alfred Square

Radical Son’s music and stories are always guided by his Indigenous heritage from the Kamilaroi nation of Australia and the south pacific nation of Tonga. As a vocalist, Radical Son has a unique ability to deliver as a soul singer, rapper and spoken word artist.

Fever Fire Show
Saturday 11 March 2017

Fever Fire Show

7:30PM Parramatta River Foreshore

Extravagant but elegant, dynamic and daring, STAND TALL brings style and grace to the art of Fire Dance.

Dereb The Ambassador
Saturday 11 March 2017

Dereb The Ambassador

8:45PM The Lennox Stage – Prince Alfred Square

Australia’s own Ethio-Soul superstar Dereb the Ambassador and his big sound band of virtuoso musicians deliver energetic rhythms and melodies that consistently get crowds moving. Dereb Desalegn is a unique vocal talent, well known as one of Ethiopia’s most respected singers.

Masala Mix DJ's Reunion
Sunday 12 March 2017

Masala Mix DJ’s Reunion

10:00AM The Lennox Stage – Prince Alfred Square and Dance Stage – Prince Alfred Square

From 2SER’s legendary Masala Mix, DJ Akaash reunites with Miguel at Parramasala to support the onstage flow of Parramasala by adding pinches of spicy masala mixes they have put together to add to the whole festive sizzle.

Adorned Headdress Workshops
Sunday 12 March 2017

Adorned Headdress Workshops

10:00AM Prince Alfred Square

Celebrate colour, culture and community with the Adorned artists by designing and making your own headdress. Using a simple template and a colourful array of textured materials, participants will work with the artists featured in the Adorned artwork to decorate a special headdress to wear at the Parramasala festival. All ages welcome. Free.

Technology District
Sunday 12 March 2017

Technology District

10:00AM Prince Alfred Square

Ever wanted to fly a real life drone or build your own mini piano out of electrical components? Or how about use a specialised solar telescope to take pictures of the sun? There are so many fun activities down at the Technology District for all ages, so make sure you come along!

Rides & Attractions
Sunday 12 March 2017

Rides & Attractions

10:00AM Prince Alfred Square

Enjoy an evening out with the whole family at Parramasala! Why not take a ride on a camel, enjoy the view from our ferris wheel, or get adventurous and have a go on our bungy ride. There’s a ride and attraction for all ages at Parramasala!

Bobby Singh & Guests - Morning Ragas
Sunday 12 March 2017

Bobby Singh & Guests – Morning Ragas

10:30AM The Lennox Stage – Prince Alfred Square

One of Australia’s highest regarded musicians Tabla player Bobby Singh is a Disciple of the great maestro Pandit Aneesh Pradhan a phenomenal player,teacher and scholar.

Indigenous Cultural Activities - Burangilli-Yilby
Sunday 12 March 2017

Indigenous Cultural Activities – Burangilli-Yilby

11:00AM Parramatta River Foreshore

Bring the whole family down to learn about Indigenous culture through a range of fun and engaging activities. Why not try your hand at weaving, enjoy Indigenous storytelling and puppets, have a go at ochre tree painting or watch a traditional wood carving demonstration. There are events and activities suitable for young and old!

IM/MODESTY - a Sound Installation by Shoeb Ahmad
Sunday 12 March 2017

IM/MODESTY – a Sound Installation by Shoeb Ahmad

11:00AM ICE – Information and Cultural Exchange

Inspired by his own teenage experiences and the stories of others with a similar background, Bangladeshi-Australian sound artist Shoeb Ahmad explores the blooming of one’s inner sexuality, meditations on intimacy and exploration of personal relationships in “im/modesty”, a 60 minute sound work that uses a text narrative for three voices to guide the listener through a psycho-geographic trip of one’s sub-continental heritage, written for and manipulated from Indian electronic instruments, harmonium and percussion as well as field sounds recorded in southern India and Bangladesh

The Cedars of Lebanon Folkloric Group
Sunday 12 March 2017

The Cedars of Lebanon Folkloric Group

11:45AM Dance Stage – Prince Alfred Square

The Cedars of Lebanon Folkloric Group promotes multiculturalism by encouraging all to get involved in their performances. Members vary in age and backgrounds, which further enforces the cultural diversity present in Australia

Kiko - Parramasala Mascot
Sunday 12 March 2017

Kiko – Parramasala Mascot

12:00PM Parramasala Pantry – Riverside Theatre

Ceramic artist Vipoo Srivilasa worked closely with Parramasala to create the mascot which was produced by The Inflatable Events Company. The inflatable is lit from within and will glow at night.

Adorned – Wisdom, Memory & Song
Sunday 12 March 2017

Adorned – Wisdom, Memory & Song

12:00PM Raffertys Theatre – Riverside Theatre

Adorned – wisdom, memory and song is a video installation featuring collaborative performances and handmade wearables by a diverse community of Western Sydney artists and makers.

Dharmesh Rangparia - Cooking Demonstration
Sunday 12 March 2017

Dharmesh Rangparia – Cooking Demonstration

12:00PM Parramasala Pantry – Riverside Courtyard

Dharmesh is the Head Chef and Owner of Chatkazz in Harris Park, serving freshly made, Indian Street Food. “Food is our passion and at Chatkazz, we believe in creating the ‘Indian experience with the best Indian Street Food and Farsan’, which will re-kindle your memories of home. And even if you haven’t been to India, come and join us to experience how delicious Indian street food is!”

Parramasala Pantry
Sunday 12 March 2017

Parramasala Pantry

12:00PM Riverside Theatre Courtyard

Riverside Theatre courtyard will come alive as our celebrity and guest chefs perform live cooking demonstrations that will tantalize the tastebuds and fill the room with the aromas of freshly cooked meals from around the world!

Cinema Thali
Sunday 12 March 2017

Cinema Thali

12:00PM Lennox Theatre – Riverside Theatres

Cinema Thali film festival will return to Parramasala in 2017! Join us for a celebration of South Asian cinema at Cinema Thali in Lennox Theatre March 10th and 11th! The festival showcases films from around the world and is not to be missed! Cinema Thali is presented by SBS. Read more for films and times

Duke Dreamer & The Aviators
Sunday 12 March 2017

Duke Dreamer & The Aviators

12:00PM Parramatta River Foreshore

Expect death defying circus, bizarre illusion, and kooky off-the-cuff comedy…and expect Duke Dreamer to light his bum on fire.

Protitee
Sunday 12 March 2017

Protitee

12:00PM The Lennox Stage – Prince Alfred Square

Protitee’s 18-member choir will present folk songs of the well renowned poets, Rabindranath Tagore, Nazrul and Salil Chaudhury.

AAPES Parkour
Sunday 12 March 2017

AAPES Parkour

12:30PM Parramatta River Foreshore

You’ll find AAPES Parkour junior staff roaming around the Parramatta River Foreshore performing tricks and stunts that will take your breath away!

Leela Samson + Spanda - Lecture Demonstration
Sunday 12 March 2017

Leela Samson + Spanda – Lecture Demonstration

12:30PM Dance Stage – Prince Alfred Square

Interntionally acclaimed, Leela Samson and Spanda Dance Company present a lecture demonstration on Indian Classical Dance!

Prophets
Sunday 12 March 2017

Prophets

1:00PM Parramatta River Foreshore

The spectacularly masked band Prophets (SYD/MEL) are known for their unique approach to group improvisation, ‘stylefree’ grooves and polyphonic sounds, featuring heaps of saxophones, drums, percussion, self-made instruments and DIY masks. Since starting as a quartet in 2007, Prophets has become a community of more than 10 artists with each member highly respected in their own right.

Adnan Baraké
Sunday 12 March 2017

Adnan Baraké

1:00PM Parramasala Pantry – Riverside Courtyard

Syrian composer and oud-player Adnan Baraké; draws on both middle-eastern and western influences in search of a unique musical voice.

Kween G
Sunday 12 March 2017

Kween G

1:15PM The Lennox Stage – Prince Alfred Square

Renowned for potent content, Kween G delivers dynamic style as an MC, performer and Hip Hop artist. Kween G makes music that excites, entertains, and enlightens her listeners – often described as “consciousness-raising”.

Workshop – Vipoo Sriviliasa
Sunday 12 March 2017

Workshop – Vipoo Sriviliasa

1:30PM Prince Alfred Square

Come and take part in a fun workshop presented by artist Vipoo Srivilasa, creator of Kiko our Parramasala Mascot!

Maharshi Raval
Sunday 12 March 2017

Maharshi Raval

1:30PM Parramatta River Foreshore

An open workshop of rhythmic work by Maharshi Raval on Indian Dhol.

Chinese Wisteria Dancing
Sunday 12 March 2017

Chinese Wisteria Dancing

2:00PM Dance Stage – Prince Alfred Square

Chinese Wisteria dances and performances portray the diversity of cultural elements amongst the Chinese national minorities, revealing the delicacy as well as the rusticity of Chinese folk dances.  It will guide the audience into the snowy lands, great desert regions, mountains and villages.  It will trigger the imagination; provide an appreciation of Chinese history and culture, adding enjoyment in the charm of Chinese folk customs.

The Three Seas
Sunday 12 March 2017

The Three Seas

2:30PM The Lennox Stage – Prince Alfred Square

The Three Seas combine elements of Indian folk music with a western style of song form in a band full of engaging performers from India and Australia. Listeners can expect a soulful, song-based repertoire with a diverse array of voices and unusual instruments…no Tabla’s or Sitar’s here.

Ajoy Joshi
Sunday 12 March 2017

Ajoy Joshi

2:30PM Parramasala Pantry – Riverside Courtyard

Ajoy will be cooking up a storm during his cooking demonstration with classics from Indian cuisine, but with a twist! “My aim is not to alter but add a bit of myself to the dish which is cooked with all the FURSAT & MOHABBAT!!”

Chinese Folk Song & Dance Sydney Troupe
Sunday 12 March 2017

Chinese Folk Song & Dance Sydney Troupe

3:00PM Dance Stage – Prince Alfred Square

The Chinese Folk Song & Dance Troupe present Chinese ethnic song and dance in Sydney. At Parramasala they will present six dances.

Maharshi Raval
Sunday 12 March 2017

Maharshi Raval

3:00PM Parramasala Pantry – Riverside Courtyard

Tabla player, Maharshi Raval has developed an international reputation in the world of professional percussionists. His Institute of Tabla – Shree Gajanan Cultural Mission has been introducing students to the world of rhythms since 2006.

Sankha Ridma
Sunday 12 March 2017

Sankha Ridma

3:30PM Parramatta River Foreshore

Since 2000 The Sankha Ridma Dance Ensemble has performed professionally promoting the exotic traditional dances of Sri Lanka.

Lucky African Dance & Drum
Sunday 12 March 2017

Lucky African Dance & Drum

3:45PM Dance Stage – Prince Alfred Square

Lucky African Drum and Dance brings together master musicians and dancers from all over West Africa to provide a unique and engaging performances that draw on many cultures and art forms.

Kapture
Sunday 12 March 2017

Kapture

3:45PM The Lennox Stage – Prince Alfred Square

Five of Australia’s leading jazz and Indian musicians present KAPTURE, a moving musical tribute to South African freedom fighter, Ahmed Kathrada (Nelson Mandela’s cell mate), as recorded on their acclaimed Rufus Records CD.

Nicole Spehar - Cooking Demonstration
Sunday 12 March 2017

Nicole Spehar – Cooking Demonstration

4:00PM Parramasala Pantry – Riverside Courtyard

Former My Kitchen Rules contestant, Nikki, will be cooking up some of her favourite Croatian Cuisine in the Parramasala Pantry. Nikki will be showcasing one of her favourite dishes Chevapi, a tasty traditional Balkan skinless sausage usually served with homemade thick bread rolls (lepinje), a vegetable relish (ajvar) and onion.

Sankha Ridma
Sunday 12 March 2017

Sankha Ridma

4:30PM Dance Stage – Prince Alfred Square

Since 2000 The Sankha Ridma Dance Ensemble has performed professionally promoting the exotic traditional dances of Sri Lanka.

Khyaal
Sunday 12 March 2017

Khyaal

4:30PM Parramasala Pantry – Riverside Courtyard

Musical duo, Manbir Singh (Vocalist) and Inderpreet Singh Minhas (Vocalist), bring you the Indian Classical traditions of the Kasur Patiala Gharana, a musical school founded by Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan. The young duo is currently under the tutelage of Pandit Shantanu Bhattacharyya who is based in Kolkata, India.

Mai Khoi & The Dissidents
Sunday 12 March 2017

Mai Khoi & The Dissidents

5:00PM The Lennox Stage – Prince Alfred Square

In a soundscape where so many groups look and sound the same, Mai Khoi and the Dissidents offer something you have never heard before.

Mai Khoi & the Dissidents is a cathartic venting born out of creative protest. Effectively banned from performing in Vietnam, the defiant Hanoi-based experimental group is as bold sonically as they are politically. Weaving eastern woodwinds through western brass layered over dissonant guitar, with Mai Khoi’s voice instantly recognisable for its angelic qualities.

Crossing Paths - Kathak & Flamenco Dance
Sunday 12 March 2017

Crossing Paths – Kathak & Flamenco Dance

5:15PM Dance Stage – Prince Alfred Square

Kathak and flamenco are believed to have common origins which can be seen in the similarity in their technique and the percussive footwork. Ruchi Sanghi Dance Company and Peña Flamenca will present a collaboration between the two artforms

Enzo & Vincenzo - Cooking Demonstration
Sunday 12 March 2017

Enzo & Vincenzo – Cooking Demonstration

5:30PM Parramasala Pantry – Riverside Courtyard

Watch Enzo & Vincenzo cook up their traditional Italian cuisine. Enzo & Vincenzo will be showing you all the tips and tricks that they learnt from their Nonna’s along the way.

Western Sydney Story
Sunday 12 March 2017

Western Sydney Story

5:45PM Dance Stage – Prince Alfred Square

The Western Sydney Migrant Story showcases the cultural dances, rhythms, music and costumes of people from all five continents of the world.

Ramayana – The Lord of the Ring
Sunday 12 March 2017

Ramayana – The Lord of the Ring

6:15PM The Lennox Stage – Prince Alfred Square

A new commissioned work for Parramasala 2017, this production is a unique Indian/Balinese cultural collaboration.  With a cast of 50 local and international artists, 20 Gammelan and South Indian Classical musicians; 30 Kecak, Bharathanatyam and Indonesian dancers, the production will be a visually colourful musical dance drama depicting the epic story common to both cultures in Ramayana drama– The Lord of the Ring.

Ross Daly Trio
Sunday 12 March 2017

Ross Daly Trio

8:00PM The Lennox Stage – Prince Alfred Square

Ross Daly, an Irish musician who lives in Crete, encompasses in his singular musical language all the musical traditions of the East – from India, through Persia to Turkey and Greece – and focuses on the Cretan lyra, an instrument that is a close relative of the kemence.


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Our Clean Up Australia Day activities, 5 March, 2017

Sydney, 5 March, 2017

It was great and fulfilling to participate in Clean Up Australia Day activities today.

I joined with with friends from Basava Samithi, Sydney, one of the members of the umbrella body, Federation of Indian Associations of NSW, at Angle Park, Chipping Norton, NSW. The combined activity was organized by  FIAN secretary, Satish Bhadranna.

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I was particularly pleased to see participation from kids and younger members of the community, who took part in clean Up activities so enthusiastically. I was very happy to be asked to give away certificates to them.

I also went to Satyam Ghat, Haigh Park, Bridges Road, Moorebank, NSW 2170 to show my support to Sewa Australia volunteers doing Clean Up activities. It was enlightening to discuss community things with Mr Rajesh Venkataramaiah and Vijay ji there.

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Jon us for Clean Up Australia Day, Sunday, 5 March, 2017

Sydney, 3 March, 2017

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You are invited to join us for;

  • Clean Up Australia Day

  • Sunday, 5 March, 2017, 8-11am

  • Angle park, Chipping Norton, NSW 2170

  • Join us, tell your friends, turn up along with your friends, and do the right thing for Australia

  • Contact: Satish Bhadranna  sat103@yahoo.com 0416 018 581 and/or Dr Yadu Singh fianinc1@gmail.com

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