This was a big fat Bollywood wedding reception at Rosehill Gardens

Sydney, 7 March, 2017

Sydney’s Indian Community has not seen a bigger and better wedding reception than what took place in the Rosehill Gardens, Saturday, 4 March, 2017.

Divya Dhingra and Gurjap Singh Kohli’s wedding reception was definitely the best and the biggest as far as wedding receptions go.

Divya is a popular youth icon from our community, a speaker, an MC, and a celebrity, who has been in Indian and Australian media. She was the MC at the reception for Indian Prime Minister, Mr Narendra Modi, at MCG Melbourne in November 2014.

Approx 1000+ guests joined the newly-wedded couple and  their families for this extravaganza at this fantastic venue. ‘Who is who’ of the community  was present to bless the couple. Many of those who attended mentioned, without any doubt, that this wedding reception is now a benchmark for the wedding receptions in the thriving Indian Australian community.

The arrival of the couple by Helicopter was nothing short of a Bollywood movie sequence, which is the dream NRI wedding. The food was catered by multiple award-winning restaurateur, Ajay Raj of Maya Da Dhaba, who are well-known for high quality and top class service, which is the reasons for their popularity not only among Indian Australians but also in wider Australian community. A world of culinary choices were offered, which included 10+ items for entrées, starting from Indian, Japanese, Chinese, Lebanese, and Italian cuisine,  and 10+ specialities for mains, followed by a plethora of choices in dessert, fruits and sweets.

DJ, Dimple Deez, did a superb job to ensure that everyone enjoyed the occasion.

It was a true celebration of a wonderful occasion for this wonderful couple, Divya and Gurjap, in  which no expense was spared to make it a memorable event not only for the couple, but also the guests.

Congratulations are due for Dhingras and Kohlis for organising this top-rated celebration.

May God give you, Divya and Gurjap, all the happiness and blessings for your lives together!

Dr Yadu Singh

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FIAN organised a rousing welcome reception for new Consul General of India in Sydney and visiting ministerial delegation from India

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Press release: Sydney, 4/4/16

Federation of Indian Associations of NSW (FIAN) hosts a rousing welcome reception for new Consul General of India and visiting ministerial delegation from Uttar Pradesh.

GOI authorities requested us to organize the welcome event for the visiting delegation and provided required assistance and resources.

Madison Function Centre in Dural, NSW was immersed in serious political colours with the presence of visiting ministerial delegation from Uttar Pradesh (UP) and new Consul General of India, Mr B. Vanlalvawna and his wife, Dr Rosy Vanlalvawna on Friday, 1st April, 2016. Delegation from UP included senior ministers, Mr Azam Khan, Mr Raghuraj Pratap Singh (Raja Bhaiya), Mr Om Prakash Singh, Prof Abhishek Mishra, Mrs Arun Kumari and 10 members of UP Parliament.

Dr Yadu Singh, President of Federation of Indian Associations of NSW, conducted the proceedings in his trade mark flair, spontaneity and endearing style, enlivening the audience.  After welcoming the dignitaries, he described the love which Indian community has for India. He described how India is deep inside our hearts. He outlined the fact that Uttar Pradesh is the heart of India, besides being the most populous state, sending 80 MPs to Indian Parliament.  UP Chief Minister, Mr Akhilesh Yadav’s visit to Banda city for the inauguration of a Medical College there in March 2015, for which Dr Singh accompanied the Chief Minister, and CM’s studies in Sydney University in late 1990s were mentioned to bring a context for Uttar Pradesh and Australia connections. There was ample praise for Australia too, and its successful multiculturalism, as well as unshakable love and loyalty of the community for Australia.

Consul General of India and his wife were welcomed formally and assured of full support from the community in whatever way it is necessary.  Mr B.Vanlalvawna assumed charge as Consul General of India in Sydney on 19 February 2016. He was educated at St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University. He joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1998 and served in Indian Missions/Post in Tokyo, Shanghai, Brussels and Cairo. His wife, Dr Rosy Vanlalvawna is a medical doctor and a writer.  She is a graduate from Lady Hardinge Medical College, New Delhi. More details here. http://tinyurl.com/zx9rmb6

Head of the delegation, Mr Azam Khan, thanked the community for their love for India. He praised India for its democracy and egalitarian ethos, where even a common man can be a minister, chief minister or Prime Minister. He hoped that overseas Indians will remain connected with India and will continue to serve the country of their current residence as well as the country of their birth, not only now, but also in the future. During his speech, he used “Shayari” generously, enthralling people in the audience and making many as his fans.

David Clarke, Parliamentary Secretary to NSW Government outlined his praise for India and the commonalities between India and Australia, which extends not only to Cricket, but also to the fields of trade, security, transparency, rule of law, multiculturalism and democracy.

Cultural programme, conducted by noted poetess Rekha Rajvansi, comprised of performances from top artists from the community and included Jyoti Dixit, Khurana sisters (Cheryl and Michelle), Murali Venkatraman and Arun Nanda.
Visiting delegation praised and enjoyed sumptuous and delicious dinner, catered by popular and multiple award winning, Maya Da Dhaba, which is owned by Ajay Raj.

Capacity crowd of 200+, which included who is who of Sydney, key community representatives and Indian media, stayed right up to the end of the event, enjoying every minute of the evening, and called it one of the best events from the community. Ministers and MLAs too, as well as Consul General, mingled with people, enjoying the occasion and creating a lasting and positive impression on people with their simplicity and easy going nature.

Further contact:
Dr Yadu Singh
President, Federation of Indian Associations of NSW
Fianinc1@gmail.com

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