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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.

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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

  • 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

  • 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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Jadav Molai Peyang: Forest Man of India

Jadav Molai Peyang, 'Forest Man of India' single-handedly plants 1360 acre of forest on a barren sandbar.

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Jadav Peyang, Forest Man of India. Wikimedia Commons.

There are many international organizations that have been working to save our planet from many harms of deforestation but there is one Indian man who, single-handedly, gave rise to the forest in 1360 acre land and converted it into the man-made forest in India and that man is Jadav Molai Peyang.
Jadav Peyang’s story was first discovered by journalist Jitu Kalita when he was stalking the vultures on the other end of Arun Sapori, an over 1,000-hectare riverine island on the Brahmaputra when he saw the forested area and found Peyang’s story there.
The forest man has planted over 1500-saplings since 1980 which has grown into the famous, Molai Kathoni, the forest famously named after his maker. Peyang had started this initiative as a teenager who started planting bamboo in the woodland after he had witnessed deaths of several snakes at the shore when water had resided from the area after a flood. Following that horrifying scenario, he sought the advice from the village elders who asked him to grow a forest as only the forest can save the lives of birds and animals. Since then, Peyang’s Molai Forest has developed its own ecosystem as deer, rabbits, rhinoceros, Bengal tigers, birds, insects have inhabited the forest which consists of trees such as Bamboo, valcol, Arjun, Pride of India, silk trees, cotton trees, to name a few. But it was a herd of 100 elephants that brought the attention of Assam’s forest department on Peyang in 2008. The elephants pay a yearly visit to his forest and give birth to their calves in the comfort there.
But the journey of creating a barren sandbar in the middle of the river Brahmaputra of Assam into the thriving forest that it is today wasn’t easy.
In the initial stages, he found planting trees extremely difficult and time-consuming but now as he gets the seeds from the trees, the forest seems to live on itself.
The forest man was the first part of the 5-year project launched by the Assam Forestry Division in Aruna Chapori in 1980 with an aim to reforest two hundred hectares of land. Peyang enrolled for the job and started planting trees for the project though, the project was finished in five years, Peyang had stayed and spread his own project bigger than Central Park, NYC (842.6 acres). Since his first project, he has been invited to several environmental conferences, conferred many honors among which is Padam Shri, the highest civilian award and ‘Forest Man of India’ by JNU along with the recent honor bestowed on Jitu Kalita and Jadav Peyang by Taiwan Government for their efforts.
The forest man’s story is full of inspiration and compassion as he keeps providing shelter to various insects and animals while his family, which consists of two sons, a daughter, and his wife subsides on the income provided by their livestock, there is a lot to learn from him. He had braved several threats and all he has to say to them, ‘Kill me first, before you kill my forest,’ but his ideas for the world remains unknown among the several honors.

Samridhi Nain. Samridhi is a student of Philosophy (Hons.) from University of Delhi.

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Researchers found a new Drug to Reduce Alcohol Addiction in Teenagers

The drug is (+)-Naltrexone can reduce the drinking habit in teenagers.

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A new drug can reduce Alcohol addiction in teenagers. Pixabay
  • Researchers have found a new drug that may eventually help to reduce alcohol addiction in adults who used to binge during their adolescent years.

A new drug found which can reduce Alcohol addiction in teenagers

“During our teen years, the brain is still in a relatively immature state. Binge drinking worsens this situation, as alcohol undermines the normal developmental processes that affect how our brain matures,” said lead author Jon Jacobsen, a Ph.D. student at the University of Adelaide, Australia.

“Therefore, when an adolescent who has been binge drinking becomes an adult, they’re often left with an immature brain, which assists in the development of alcohol dependence,” Jacobsen added.

For the study, published in the Journal Neuropharmacology, researchers observed that adolescent mice involved in binge drinking behavior developed an increased sensitivity to alcohol as adults and engaged in further binge drinking.

The researchers were able to prevent some of these detrimental behaviors observed in adulthood, by giving mice a drug that blocks a specific response from the immune system in the brain.

The drug is (+)-Naltrexone, known to block the immune receptor Toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4).

“This drug effectively switched off the impulse in mice to binge drink. The mice were given this drug still sought out alcohol, but their level of drinking was greatly reduced,” says senior author Professor Mark Hutchinson, Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Nanoscale BioPhotonics at the University of Adelaide.

“We’re excited by the finding that we can potentially block binge drinking in an adult after they have experienced such behavior during adolescence, by stopping the activation of the brain’s immune system. It’s the first time this has been shown and gives us hope that our work has implications for the eventual treatment of alcohol addiction in adults,” Hutchinson noted.(IANS)

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5 Beautiful Indian Sportswomen you Want to Know About

These eight women with their talent and achievements have set a benchmark for the meaning of true beauty.

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Akanksha Singh. Instagram.
  • Indian sports personalities like Saina Nehwal and Smriti Mandhana have shown us the true meaning of being bold and beautiful.
  • There achievements have been an inspiration for women to rise.

Beauty and style have always corresponded with looks, but these Indian sportswomen have shunned such critics. With their style and achievements, they have told us that beauty is about the way you embody confidence and lead in life. Their accomplishments have inspired many Indian women to be like her.

1. Smriti Mandhana:

She is one the beautiful indian sportswomen

Smriti Mandhana is a 21-year-old Indian cricketer who currently plays for the Indian women’s cricket team. She made her Test debut in against England August 2014 and helped her team in winning the match by scoring 22 and 51 runs in her first and second innings, respectively. The sports personality came into the limelight after she scored a 90 against England in the group matches in World Cup 2017.

2. Babita Phogat

She is one the beautiful indian sportswomen

Babita Kumari Phogat, the younger sister of Geeta Phogat, is a 27-year-old Indian female wrestler and a gold medal recipient in the 2014 Commonwealth Games. The Haryana girl has won a silver medal at the 2010 Commonwealth Games held in Delhi, and a bronze medal at the 2012 World Wrestling Championships.

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3. Deepika Pallikal

Deepika Pallikal is an Indian squash player, and the first one to break into the top 10 WSA rankings. She was honored with Arjuna Award in 2012 and Padma Shri in 2014. Her highest ranking has been World no. 10. Her current ranking is World no. 19. Apart from all her achievements, She is one the beautiful indian sportswomen.

 

4. Saina Nehwal

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Saina Nehwal

Saina Nehwal is an Indian badminton singles player, who is currently the World No. 12. She became the World no. 1 in 2015. Nehwal has won over twenty-one international titles. She after, Prakash Padukone became the only Indian player to achieve this ranking. Nehwal has represented India three times in the Olympics and won a bronze medal in her second appearance.

5. Akanksha Singh

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Akanksha Singh.                                                                                                                                            Instagram.

Akanksha Singh is a 28-year-old Indian Basketball player and the current captain of the country’s Women’s National Basketball Team. She has been a member of the national women team since 2004 to till date. She has been accoladed with the best player in many national and state championships. During her captaincy at Delhi University, she won a gold medal in All India University basketball championship at Nallor.

 

by Megha Acharya of NewsGram. 


 

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