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Indian Events in Australia: A Cultural Platform

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By Megha Sharma

A huge population in Australia records itself of being from Indian origins. It is interesting to note here as well that 2005-06 observed Australia as the fourth most favorite destination for Indians as permanent migrators. The country is visited not only by students, but almost everyone who seek to settle abroad. Though there isn’t much of a parallel culture between the two countries, this number of population makes it familiar for the Indians there to reside, work and feel like being in a constant connection with their authentic identities.Many communities in the continent not only celebrate but publicize their Indian events to maintain togetherness and brotherhood. This article is thus my attempt to reach out to everyone so that this work can be spread to one and all, who wish to commemorate the Indian Cultural Events.

As Navratri is on, the Hindu festival celebrating Goddess Durga, for all the religion lovers a “Bhajan Satsang” has been organised at the Shri Shiv mandir in Minto, New South Wales. It is named “Triveni Satsang Yatra” on the 8th of April and is hosted by the Triveni Sewa Mission. One can email here, for further details of the event.  jagdish1@optusnet.com.au

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Another event which is supposed to register a cultural evening called “Geetmala” will be held on the 9th of april in Sydney. It is a nostalgic journey into the Indian music. The show will notice performances of winners from Indian reality show, SaReGaMaPa and some beautiful performances of talented Sydney dancers. There is a special video presentation of Ameen Sayani discussing his relation with Geetmala.

An auspicious Indian festival, Baisakhi, is celebrated on the 13th of april throughout India, acknowledging the harvest of Wheat and Rice, mainly in Punjab. The major Sikh population in Australia also is peforming certain events to maintain solidarity. They are to be seen at three major cities of the land: Melbourne, Adelaide and Canberra. They are hosted on 10th of April in Adelaide and 17th April in both Melbourne and Canberra. Punjabi feast including bhangra, Bollywood dances and various other performances will be seen.

vaisakhi in canberra
vaisakhi in canberra

Vaisakhi in Canberra- 253 Crawford St, Queanbeyan, NSW (all day long)

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vaisakhi celebrations, Melbourne

Vaisakhi in Melbourne- The Heritage, 512-516 High St, Epping VIC 3076, Melbourne, Melbourne (12:00-6:00 PM)

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Vaisakhi in Adelaide- 232 North East Road, Klemzig, SA (11:00am – 9:00pm)

 

the curry festival, Sydney

the curry festival, Sydney

Sydney Curry Festival is another function not to be missed. It is a food and wine festival exhibiting the multifarious tastes of India and Asia. Being in a foreign Land, one’s own taste is always missed. Be there many hotels to try bringing the same, but there is always that missing spice or texture to it. This festival is an amazing adventure to go out with family and is to be held on 14th and 15th May 2016.

Thus, these coming days are going to observe India in Australia. With all these events, Indian representatives out there seem to work the best for the solidarity and bundle people of different Indian communities to join in and celebrate their indigenous self.

Megha is a student at the University of Delhi. She is doing her Masters in English and has done her studies in German Language. Email ID: loveme2010.ms@gmail.com. Twitter: @meghash06510344

  • sudheer naik

    This is a good news that Indian festivals are celebrated in other countries also.these cultural programmes will enlighten Indians in australia.many Indians will feel proud of this festivals in australia

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  • sudheer naik

    This is a good news that Indian festivals are celebrated in other countries also.these cultural programmes will enlighten Indians in australia.many Indians will feel proud of this festivals in australia

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Balmain East: Then and Now

Balmain East has changed from a working-family suburb to a thriving busy area. Balmain East has changed from a working-family suburb to a thriving busy area

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If you’re looking for some time away from the hustle and bustle of the city life in Sydney, Balmain is just a 10-minute drive away. Wikimedia Commons

Located just 6km west of Sydney’s city centre, perched on a peninsula in Sydney Harbour, Balmain cemented itself primarily as the home of working families. It has a strong industrial background and was the home to coal mines, shipbuilding, metal foundries, boiler making and engineering.

 Governor Hunter granted 550 acres to colonial surgeon William Balmain in 1800 and from then on, the first settlement of the Balmain peninsula was slow due to the lack of transport to the area. However, it’s now easily accessible by car, public transport and even by a ferry crossing.

Beyond Sydney

 If you’re looking for some time away from the hustle and bustle of the city life in Sydney, Balmain is just a 10-minute drive away. You will definitely want to visit the area, so be sure to compare car rentals in Sydney to find your perfect vehicle.

 The area is charming and well known for its numerous pubs and friendly village atmosphere. It’s the perfect place to while away the time with peaceful walks, a spot of shopping and tasting the local food – all with fantastic harbour views. Darling Street, running from Rozelle all the way to the water’s edge at Balmain East Ferry Wharf is the best place to begin your adventure in Balmain.

Balmain
Located just 6km west of Sydney’s city centre, perched on a peninsula in Sydney Harbour, Balmain cemented itself primarily as the home of working families. Wikimedia Commons

Admire the views

 As Sydney is just across the water, Balmain’s Thornton Park is the perfect spot to take in the fabulous views of the harbour, city and Sydney Harbour Bridge. The park has picnic tables available for you to sit and enjoy your lunch while you soak up the sights before getting back to your adventure.

Spot of shopping

 No visit to the area would be complete without taking a gander around Balmain Market, one of Sydney’s oldest markets with a history dating back to the 1970s. Stroll around the historic grounds of St Andrews Congregational Church, to find an abundance of handmade products, jewellery and giftware, as well as a selection of tasty food to suit everyone. The market is open every Saturday from 09:00 to 15:00 in summer, and every second Saturday of the month thereafter, weather permitting.

Wine and dine

 Balmain is known for its fantastic selection of eateries and bars. We’ve taken a look at the places you need to pay a visit to when you’re in the area:

 

  • Efendy Restaurant

 

Enjoy contemporary Turkish cuisine in a restored Victorian mansion. If that wasn’t enough, Efendy also has an intimate cellar cocktail bar. You know you’ll be experiencing genuine Turkish dishes; the Efendy kitchen team is entirely Turkish, with each member representing a different culinary region

  •  Our Place on Darling

This is a cosy bar/cafe with rustic wooden tables and a courtyard – a perfect place for all seasons. Our Place on Darling serves modern Australian cuisine with a range of events throughout the week. Enjoy live music every Sunday night between 18:00 and 20:00 and if you’re up for a challenge, Our Place also has tech-free Tuesdays where if you make it through dinner without your phone or device, they will give you a free chocolate brownie and ice cream.

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Enjoy contemporary Turkish cuisine in a restored Victorian mansion. If that wasn’t enough, Efendy also has an intimate cellar cocktail bar and restaurants in Balmain. Pixabay

 

  • Rossopomodoro

 

For wood-fired pizzas, classic dishes and a fresh selection of Italian and Australian produce, including antipasti, prosciutti, pizza rosse, pizza bianche, and pizza vegane look no further than Rossopomodoro.

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 Balmain East has changed from a working-family suburb to a thriving busy area. For a relaxing day-trip soaking up the world-famous harbour and sampling local delicacies, this is the perfect destination.