Parramasala 2018 launched

Sydney, 9 Feb, 2018

(Parramasala, 9-11 March, 2018)

I was pleased to be at the launch of Parramasala 2018 by the Minister of Multiculturalism, the Honorable Ray Williams, at Parramatta River Foreshore, today.

The program for Parramasala (9-11 March 2018) was announced.

It was attended by Dr Harry Harinath, Chair of Multicultural NSW, Dr Geoff Lee, Local State MP and Mr Andrew Wilson, Lord Mayor of City of Parramatta Council. A big contingent of media was present too.

A glimpse of cultural performances was presented.

I was very pleased to know that the NSW Government has committed an additional $600,000 over three years to one of the State’s largest multicultural arts and cultural festivals, Parramasala.

Now in its eighth year, Parramasala celebrates the cultural diversity of NSW through music, dance, theatre, food and film, representing more than 40 nationalities with the theme of “Many Cultures. One Sydney”.

The minister said “Parramasala is a vibrant festival showcasing Western Sydney’s extraordinary multicultural identity, and its growth as an economic and social hub.”

“The NSW Government is committed to supporting the evolving arts and cultural scene of Greater Western Sydney,” he said.

The 2018 program features some of the best in international and domestic acts, including free concerts by Grammy-nominated group Hiatus Kaiyote and Grammy Award-winning Saharan band, Tinariwen.

Crowds will also enjoy the opening night multicultural parade, interactive drumming and dancing workshops and the delicious Masala markets.

As a partner in Parramasala, City of Parramatta Council welcomed the State Government’s extra funding for what has become the signature event on the Multicultural March calendar.

“We are proud supporters of Parramasala. Western Sydney is home to a lively assortment of cultures and the City of Parramatta is pleased to lead the way in showcasing the very best our region has to offer,” Parramatta Lord Mayor Cr Andrew Wilson said.

Parramasala Chairperson Dr GK Harinath OAM encouraged every member of the community interested in arts, music, food and culture to attend the festival this year.

“With a mixture of free and ticketed high-quality events, there is something for everyone at any age this year,” Dr Harinath OAM said.

Since 2016, the NSW Government has committed $2.2 million to secure Parramasala’s rightful place in our cultural calendar until

For more information about the festival, the 2018 program and for daily event schedules, see www.parramasala.com

Dr Yadu Singh

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Happy Australia Day

Sydney, 26 January, 2018

G’day everyone.

Today is Australia Day!

It’s our national day, which will be celebrated throughout the nation with a variety of ceremonies, picnics, barbecues, parades, citizenship ceremonies, announcement of Australia Day Honours & Australian of the year and fire works.

It’s a public holiday.

Australia Day commemorates Landing of First Fleet at Port Jackson & raising of the flag of the Great Britain at Sydney Cove on 26 January, 1788.

Enjoy Australia Day celebrations and festivities today.

I wish my co-Australians a happy Australia Day!

More details: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australia_Day

Dr Yadu Singh

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Happy Indian Republic Day 2018

Sydney, NSW

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Tomorrow, on 26 January, India will be celebrating Republic Day.

It’s a national day, which commemorates adoption of India’s constitution on 26 January, 1950, and is celebrated in every village, town, city and state capital of India, besides a grand celebration and a spectacular parade in the national capital, New Delhi.

This year, Republic Day is very special because 10 ASEAN heads of States (nations) are going to be gracing the occasion as the chief guests in New Delhi.

In Austraila, there would be Republic Day celebrations in the High Commission of India in Canberra and Consulate General offices in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth. Honorary Consulates in other places will do the same.

In Sydney, my friends and I will be at the Consulate General of India to celebrate Indian Republic Day between 9.30-11am on 26 January, 2018.

Happy Indian Republic Day!

Jai Hind!!

Dr Yadu Singh

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Weekend Hindi School in Western Sydney

Sydney, 3 November, 2017

With the experience of running a successful Hindi school during the weekends over last 3 years in Kogarah, Mritunjay Singh and team (South Asian Australian Association) are starting a weekend school for Hindi in Western Sydney from Sunday, 5 November, 2017.

Place: Pemulwuy Youth Centre, 1 Newport St, Pemulwuy NSW 2145

Day/Time: Sunday, 9am-1pm

Initially, the work will focus on Hindi, but they are open and are encouraging other language groups (Telugu, Gujarati, Malayalam, Marathi etc) to organise similar activity for their language groups in the centre. 

Collaboration and “working together” with various Indian languages groups are the agendas. Co-operation, not competition, is the motto.

There will be training in Indian dances and Yoga too.

There will be some activities geared for improving English and Mathematics too.

Federation of Indian Associations of NSW is actively working and collaborating with them. We are a firm team.

Come, participate and volunteer for this activity. 

Let us work together. 

And help perpetuate, strengthen and nurture our connections with our heritage for our future generations. 

Further Contact: Mritunjay Singh 0427 090 724, Abhijeet 0470 130 891


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URGENT: HINDI teacher needed for Kogarah, Public School, Sydney

Hindi Association of NSWHURRY. Last Date: Friday, 3 November, 2017.

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Hindi Community Language (0.6 FTE) – Kogarah PS

Admin, Teachers, Executive, Principals, Preschool, K-6, 7-12, Ultimo

Expressions of Interest are invited from teachers interested in the position of Hindi Community Language Teacher, 0.6 FTE, Kogarah Public School, from 29 January 2018 to 21 December 2018. The position with be located at: Gladstone Street, Kogarah 2217.

Selection criteria:
  • Teaching qualifications and recent teaching experience in teaching Hindi K-6
  • Accreditation to teach Hindi Community Language
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work collegially to provide an integrated language program across the school

An Expression of Interest addressing the selection criteria, of no more than two pages in length should be submitted to Lea Kitchener, Principal, Kogarah Public School, at Lea.Kitchener@det.nsw.edu.au by 5:00 pm on Friday 3 November 2017.

Please contact Lea Kitchener on 9587 9472 or Lea.Kitchener@det.nsw.edu.aufor further information.

Please see attached for further information.

Attachments:

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Interactions with Australia’s High Commissioner to India

Sydney/11 October, 2017


Australian High Commissioner to India (New Delhi), Ms Harinder Sidhu, is in Australia presently.  She is here for the mid term consultations with the Government and various stakeholders. As part of these consultations, she met a select group of Indian Australian community representatives  These reps included people from various segments and faiths. 

An hour-long session in the DIBP offices in Parramatta gave an opportunity for all of us to understand and raise relevant issues. 

From Federation of Indian Associations of NSW (FIAN), Abhijeet Martand and I participated. Mr SK Verma participated  on behalf of the Consulate General of India in Sydney. 

We emphasized the role of Indian Australian community as the bridge between India and Australia and their usefulness in enhancing the relations between Australia and India. I pointed out how we (community) took up the matters during students’ troubles in 2009-10 and helped counter “Australia is racist” campaign by Indian media.  I reiterated that then Australian Government did not utilize the community meaningfully in countering the campaign by Indian media. 

Some wanted to be listed with the Govt agencies for people to contact them when needing help, but we expressed our strong view that no such listing etc should be done without involvement of, and vetting by, the Government agencies because some “leaders” are known to exploit our own people. 

The issue involving the visa for priests was raised. It was mentioned that the standard of English requirement is onerous and excessive.  I pointed out that the matter was also raised in the Q & A session with DIBP Assistant Minister, Alex Hawke, in a recent meeting organized by FIAN, and that it will be better if we work together and raise the matter with the Minister directory. The High Commissioner agreed that the matter is in the policy domain and will better be dealt with the Government. We have a plan to organize a meeting involving key stakeholders and then meet the DIBP Assistant Minister. 

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This video is inappropriate

Sydney, September, 2017

What do you think?

Is it funny or inappropriate?

Video: https://www.facebook.com/weloveourlamb/videos/1949300261959884/

Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA) has published an advertisement Video, which has Gods from various religions, including Lord Ganesh from Hinduism. Defenders of the video have pointed that it is clearly a satire and humorous, but others disagree. 

While many Hindu Australians have found the depiction of Lord Ganesh in this Video inappropriate and offensive for a variety of reasons including the fact the Lord Ganesh is not known to be associated with meat and alcohol, there are some who found it be funny, but without any sense of offence. Yet some others have pointed out that MLA has not been fair or balanced, or even brave enough, as they did not include religious figures from Islam, apart from a casual mention of their Prophet.

Lord Ganesh is a revered deity of Hinduism. Only a few days ago, Hindu Australians, just like Indians all over the world, celebrated “Ganesh Chaturthi” enthusiastically and in big numbers.

MLA’s agenda is quite clear. They wanted to create a controversy to generate publicity, and they have achieved their goal.

If I was the one who made the decision to have this video, I wouldn’t have done it or agreed with it. I don’t see much merit in hurting people’s sentiments without much reason or basis.

Dr Yadu Singh

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