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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.

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vaisakhi in canberra

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

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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

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  1. 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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