Maa Tuje Salaam: A Multimedia Tribute to India’s brave Hearts, Sydney, 2 April, 2017

Sydney, 27 February, 2017

Maa Tuje Salam – A Multimedia Performance (involving dance, song, music, film and animation), Sydney, 2 April, 2017.

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This is a tribute to India’s brave hearts who sacrifice their lives to the nation.

This is a beautiful concoction of Indian classical and Bollywood dance styles by Kala Ratna Dr.Sanjay Shantaram and his team from Shivpriya Dance School, Bangalore, India. http://www.shivapriya.in/?page_id=32

Maa Tuje Salam is our contribution in our support for National Defence Fund, which works for the welfare of the members of the Indian Armed Forces (including Para Military Forces) and their dependents including assistance to Indian defence martyrs’ families. The National Defence Fund is administered by an Executive Committee, with PM as the Chairperson, and Defence, Finance and Home Ministers as Members. Finance Minister is the Treasurer of the Fund. Accounts of the Fund are kept with the Reserve Bank of India. http://www.pmindia.gov.in/en/national-defence-fund/

 

Dr Sanjay Shantaram is a talented dancer and actor in Kannada and Telugu film industry. Sanjay was born to, ‘Dr. Shantaram’ and ‘Swarna’. He started to learn classical dance at the age of seven. Sankara bharanam was the inspirational film, which made Sanjay go deep into the classical dance. He started his training at the age of 7 under the coaching of Smt. G. S. Rajalakshmi. He was the first rank holder in the dance examination, which was organized and carried out by the ‘Karnataka Secondary Education Board’. He made his debut as a child actor in 1981 in the film Bhaktha Gnana Deva.

He started to act in Telugu and Kannada films. At the same time, his love for dance did not diminish. He was also a good student in academics too. He scored 80% marks in his tenth standard board exams and in the same year, he ranked first in the senior grade dance competition by the ‘Karnataka Secondary Education Board’. In fact, Sanjay is a dentist too. In the year 1992, he won gold medal in a dance competition conducted in Hyderabad by ‘Navya Nataka Samithi’. He has also learnt Kuchipudi from Smt. Sunanda Devi.

Sanjay is acting in television serials too.

His dance school named ‘Shivapriya School of Dance’ in Bangalore teaches. Bharathanatyam, Kuchipudi and other folk dances to the students.

He is an internationally acclaimed dancer and his team has performed in many cities all over the world. His troupe is also in the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) panel.

It is a “Must Go” and “not-To-Be-Missed” event, with a noble purpose behind it in the support of National Defence Fund. 50% of the money saved will go the National Defence Fund.

All tickets will be pre-booked through a booking system to make it easier for everyone. Details coming.

Dr Yadu Singh

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UNESCO declares Yoga an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

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Inscribed in 2016 (11.COM) on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

The philosophy behind the ancient Indian practice of yoga has influenced various aspects of how society in India functions, whether it be in relation to areas such as health and medicine or education and the arts. Based on unifying the mind with the body and soul to allow for greater mental, spiritual and physical wellbeing, the values of yoga form a major part of the community’s ethos. Yoga consists of a series of poses, meditation, controlled breathing, word chanting and other techniques designed to help individuals build self-realization, ease any suffering they may be experiencing and allow for a state of liberation. It is practised by the young and old without discriminating against gender, class or religion and has also become popular in other parts of the world. Traditionally, yoga was transmitted using the Guru-Shishya model (master-pupil) with yoga gurus as the main custodians of associated knowledge and skills. Nowadays, yoga ashrams or hermitages provide enthusiasts with additional opportunities to learn about the traditional practice, as well as schools, universities, community centres and social media. Ancient manuscripts and scriptures are also used in the teaching and practice of yoga, and a vast range of modern literature on the subject available.

 

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Pre-Chanukah celebration in NSW Parliament

Sydney, 18 November, 2016

It was a pleasure to partake in pre-Chanukah celebration, a key event of Jewish community, hosted by NSW Government in NSW Parliament House on Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Chanukah is the eight-day long Jewish festival of Lights, celebrating the universal triumph of light over darkness, freedom over oppression and good over evil.

The program started with a formal welcome of guests by Gabrielle Upton MP, Attorney General of NSW which was followed by an invocation prayer by Rabbi Eli Cohen.

Rabbi Eli Cohen on the occasion greeted all the guests and said, “We are gathered today, to celebrate the upcoming festival of Chanukah, commemorating the victory of a small group of devoutly religious Jews against their Greek-Syrian oppressors 21 centuries ago”.

“Chanukah is a time when Jewish people around the world light the Menorah candelabra in the windows of our homes and in public spaces as a public display of our commitment to our faith and tradition.”

John Ajaka, Minister for Ageing, Minister for Disability Services, Minister for Multiculturalism welcomed all the guests and extended his best wishes to the Australian Jewish community for Chanukah.

Mike Baird, Premier of NSW also spoke on the occasion and extended his wishes to the community.

Leader of Opposition, Luke Foley was also present on the occasion and spoke about his experience of visiting Israel.

Lighting of the Menorah, is an important part of the celebration. Rabbi Eli Feldman, Rabbi Yossi Friedman, Rabbi Mendal Kastel, Rabbi Chaim Koncepolski, Rabbi Paul Lewin, Rabbi Cantor Yehosua Niasoff, Rabbi Dr Dovid Slavin and Rabbi Yoram Ulman graced the ceremony of lighting the Menorah.

As a part of the celebration, Chanukah song was performed by Levi Niasoff.
Jeremy Spinach, President NSW Jewish Board of Deputies presented the closing remarks.

Traditional light refreshment was served to all the guests.

(Write up and most pics have been taken from http://publictelegraph.com/pre-chanukah-celebrations-held-at-nsw-parliament/ with gratitude and thank you)

Dr Yadu Singh

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Celebrate Australia Day and Indian Republic Day on Wednesday, 25 January, 2017

Sydney, 17 November, 2016

Do join us for celebrating Australia Day & Indian Republic Day:

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Australia Day and Indian Republic Day

Wednesday, 25 January, 2017, 7.00pm-11.00pm

Madison Function Centre, 632 Old Northern Road, Dural, NSW 2158

 

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Indian Community in Australia offers condolences and tribute to Uri martyrs

 

Sydney, 25th September, 2016

In a sombre ceremony on 25 September, Indian community in Sydney  offered condolences for the martyrs of Uri Terror attack.

Approximately 100 prominent members of Indian Australian community met in The Dezire Function Centre in Blacktown, NSW today to offer tribute to the 18 Indian army soldiers who were slain in Uri town of Jammu and Kashmir by heavily-armed terrorists  in the early morning of 18 September, 2016.

A video (prepared by Dimple Deez of Desi Australia) was shown, describing the Uri terror attack and names as well as the details of the slain martyrs. Indian national anthem was sung with patriotism and enthusiasm.

Flowers were offered and brief speeches were given, condoling the killings and expressing solidarity with India and Indian army. Terrorism which India suffers from across the borders was condemned in strongest possible words. It was made clear that our issues are with Pakistan’s support and use of terror  groups, not with Pakistani Australian community with which we have good relations.

Indian Consulate in Sydney was represented by Mr S. K. Verma, Consul, Community Welfare.

Speakers were clear in their condemnation of Jihadi (Terror) groups which are allowed to operate from Pakistan and hit targets inside India. They asked India and the world to take a serious note of the situation and work together to deal with these terror groups and their patronage in the region. Capt Sarjinder Singh Sandhu of Australian Sikh Association and Raj Singh spoke from their personnel experiences as they have significant Indian army connections. Akila Ramarathinam, Ajay Khanna, Dave Passi, Pravin Gupta (whose partner read out a poem for the slain martyrs and their families), Logessan Pillay, Dr Shailja Chandra, Ashok Kumar and Harmohan Walia were some of the speakers.

After a brief speech about the Uri terror attack, Dr Yadu Singh conducted the event ably and efficiently.

It was also noted that none of the “Intolerance” brigade which made a song and dance about so-called “intolerance” in India a few months ago has said a single word against terrorism coming from Pakistan.

There was a unanimous support  for asking Pakistani actors and singers to leave India since they too have not condemned the terror attack. People did not feel there is any purpose to have sports relations either when India keeps getting hit by terrorists from Pakistan.

The choices are clear for Pakistan. We either choose good relations or terror.

Gratitude was expressed profusely for Indian defence personnel’ services and sacrifices at the borders.

Many volunteered to offer financial contributions for the welfare of Indian defence personnel but noted with gratitude that Central and State governments have already offered generous support to the families of the slain martyrs.

Slogans of Jai Hind & Hindustan Zindabad were  raised with fervour and patriotism.

(Further info https://yadusingh.wordpress.com/2016/09/21/join-in-paying-tribute-to-martyrs-of-uri-terrorist-attack/)

Dr Yadu Singh

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INDIA DAY 2016 was a huge success

31st Aug, 2016

Sydney, NSW

INDIA DAY Fair, organised by Federation of INDIAN Associations of NSW Inc (FIAN) at the Parade Ground, Old King’s School, Parramatta on Sunday, 14 August, 2016 was a huge success. FIAN is a umbrella organisation of multiple Indian Community Associations in Sydney.

Approximately 10,000 people attended the Fair throughout the day from 12 midday to 7pm.

Over 60 stalls involving food, businesses, sports and community groups including an NSW  Government department, in addition to kids’ rides and a spectacular firework at the end of the event were part of the Fair.

Entertainment programme was truly top class, and multicultural. Shiamak Davar Group delivered a spectacular segment of entertainment, but other segments including Pacific Islanders’ group, Belly dances and Flamenco dances were no  less mesmerising.

No wonder that the INDIA DAY was covered by SBS TV news, Chanel 7 News and SBS Hindi, Punjabi and Tamil Radio programmes. Indian community media were present there with full strength.

Political leaders  saw it fit and worthwhile to show their presence in the event. They included;

Senator the Hon Concetta Fierravanti-Wells, Federal Minister for International Development and the Pacific

Hon Zed Seselja, Assistant Minister for Social Services and Multicultural Affairs

John Alexander, Federal MP For Bennelong

Mr Craig Kelly, Federal MP for Hughes

The Hon John Ajaka, NSW Minister for for Ageing, Minister for Disability Services, and minister for Multiculturalism

The Hon David Clarke, NSW Parliamentary Secretary for Justice

The Hon. Geoff Lee MP, NSW Parliamentary Secretary for Multiculturalism

The Hon. Matt Kean MP, NSW Parliamentary Secretary for Treasury

Julie Owen, Federal MP for Parramatta, Representing The Hon Bill Shorten MP, Federal Leader of Opposition

The Hon Michelle Rowland, MP, Shadow Minister for Communications

The Hon. Jody Mckay MP, NSW Shadow Minister for Justice & Police and representing NSW Leader of Opposition

The Hon. Sophie COTSIS, MLC  NSW Shadow Minister for Women, Shadow Minister for Ageing, Shadow Minister for Multiculturalism, Shadow Minister for Disability Services

Mr Hugh Mcdermott, MP, State Member for Prospect

DR Harry Harinath, Chairman, Multicultural NSW

Mr B Vanlalvawna, Consul General of INDIA, Sydney

Clr Dr Michelle Byrne, The Hills Shire Mayor

Mr Raj Datta, Coulcillor Strathfield Council

Clr Gurdeep Singh, Deputy Mayor Hornsby Shire Council

Ms Amanda Chadwick, Administrator,  City of Parramatta

Prof Frank Zumbo, Chief of Staff with Craig Kelly MP for Hughes and a friend of our community

Dr Eman Sharobeem Dr. Eman Sharobeem, National Community Engagement Manager

FIAN was pleased and grateful for the generous support from so many sponsors. It is a big credit to the team that they were able to organise this type of huge sponsorship support.

  • Parramatta Council for being the major sponsor
  • Indian Australian Association of NSW (INDAUS) a member of FIAN and a major sponsor
  • Commonwealth of Australia
  • Castle Group
  • Western Union
  • Bathla Group
  • Square Yards
  • Fly4Less Travel, Harris Park
  • Indian Link Media Group
  • Air India Australia
  • Incredible India, India Tourism Australia
  • Central Equity
  • State Bank of India
  • Bank of Baroda
  • Sharmas Kitchen
  • Union Bank of India
  • Atlas Consultants Melbourne
  • Patel Brothers Group
  • ABC Print Shop
  • Maya Da Dhaba
  • MultiConnexions
  • Cricket Australia
  • Macquari Bank
  • Shiv Saini of Milan Bazar, Seven Hills
  • Mahesh Raj of Go Cool, Harris Park

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In addition to Parramatta and Blacktown newspapers, INDIA DAY had the support of following media houses;

  • SBS Radio programmes
  • Arti Banga Desi Media for ever so willing and continuous support
  • Pawan and Rajni Luthra, Indian Link for many things including being a sponsor, promotion
  • Jugandeep Jawaharwala, Pardesh Express
  • Harpreet Singh, Punjab Times
  • Rajwant Singh, Punjab Express
  • Prakash and Sneh Chandra, Navtarang Media
  • Ram Khatry, SouthAsia.com.au
  • Santosh Naga, Editor Indiansite
  • Ashok Kumar, The Indian Subcontinent Times
  • Mr MP Singh SBS Punjabi
  • Mr Sham Kumar, Punjabi Radio
  • Mr Vikram and Jagat Sharma, Voice of India
  • Inder Magar, The Indian Telegraph
  • Indian Down Under
  • Fiji Times
  • Divya Gujarat

INDIA DAY Fair has now become a key event of multicultural community in Western Sydney. The team has a track record of delivering top class event of this nature. The team clearly has the clout and goodwill in the community and is able to generate sponsorship and support from all relevant groups and businesses.

Here are a few pics.

 

Events like INDIA DAY require a lot of work and can not be done without a fantastic team. Everyone in the team deserves a “thank you”, but special “thank you” is reserved for Satish Bhadranna, secretary, Kumar Madappa, vice president and John Niven, Fair director.

Dr Yadu SIngh

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Travel Health Survey for Travellers to Indian Subcontinent

Sydney, NSW

14th May, 2016

This is an important health survey, conducted by UNSW and it is about people who travel to Indian Subcontinent.

I encourage you to participate in it.

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Dear Dr Yadu,

Thank you very much for your email and support.

We would like to get your support in distributing the survey template via email (attached below). And, distribute the survey link via FIAN Facebook.

I think uploading the JPG image and including text in Facebook status will help us to get a large number of participants. The JPG image is attached and the text for FB status copy from below.

The School of Public Health and Community Medicine at the University of New South Wales is conducting a travel health survey of travellers to Indian subcontinent.

Please participate in the online survey by clicking this link www.surveymonkey.com/r/TBY8657

and tell us about your travel health practices. After completing the survey, you can go into a draw for the chance to win one of two iPad minis.

Regards

Dr Prakash Paudel, PhD

Research Fellow

School of Public Health and Community Medicine, UNSW Medicine

Room 225, Samuels Building, UNSW SYDNEY NSW 2052 Australia


 

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