Breaking Bread at Blacktown Harmony Day

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Hindu Council of Australia participated in Breaking Bread (having a meal together, or starting a meal) initiative as part of western Sydney’s large Harmony Day celebrations in Blacktown on Wednesday March 21st. The initiative was organized by FoodFaith and held at Bowmans Hall, Blacktown, NSW. FoodFaith is an initiative to bring together people of different faiths using food as a medium.

The initiative aims to showcase breads from different faiths and cultures and celebrate beliefs, customs and traditions and was a large communal activity bringing everyone together. Representatives from Indigenous, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, Jewish, Punjabi, Pacific, African, and Eastern European faiths and traditions attended the event. Each culture or faith brought samples of their breads to share with others.

Hindu Council took its “Roti” and “Raita” to the event and was represented in the event by Sai Pravastu, Surinder Jain, Vijai Singhal and Kamlesh Chaubey. Both were very much enjoyed by by about a thousand people gathered there,



Western Australia adds a new chapter to Hindu Council

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A WA chapter of Hindu Council of Australia has been established on 12th March 2018.

First program will be to welcome HH Mahant Swami of BAPS by all Hindu Organisations. HCA WA chapter will lead this program to establish relation with other Hindu Organisations in WA.

Second Program will be celebration of International Yoga Day.

Following are the team members of the WA chapter.

1 Damji Koria. -Coordinator
2 Ramesh Shah.
3 Shashi limbachiya.
4 Keyur kamdar.
5 Vijay Kumar.
6 Bijukumar Prabhakaran. .
7 Amool Bhargav.
8. Mrs Sadhana Boss

Congratulations – A new chapter started in Northern Territory

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On 20th Mrach 2018, Hindu council has established a new chapter in Northern Territory.

Dr Rajeev Sharma – Coordinator

(other members in the team will be announced shortly).

Dr Rajeev Sharma is long time resident of Darwin. He is working at Charles Darwin University since 1989 and is currently Course Coordinator for MBA DBA Grad Cert Grad Dip courses. He is very active community worker. He was in past few times secretary of Hindu Society of NT (a member organisation of HCA). He was also earlier President of Indian Cultural Society.

Pharrell Williams accused of cultural appropriation of Holi

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People are accusing Pharrell Williams of cultural appropriation over his new Adidas line inspired by a Hindu festival

Pharrell Williams and Adidas are being accused of cultural appropriation over a new line of sneakers and apparel that were apparently inspired by Holi, a Hindu spring festival that celebrates love, colors, fertility, and the victory of good over evil. The items in the collection, which is named Hu Holi, are meant to mimic the way white clothing gets doused with colored powder during the Hindu festival. […..Read More…..]

SVT temple is a building of cultural significance

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The ‘Acharya envoys’ who propagate Indian culture

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Three ‘ambassadors’, whose mandate is to spread yoga and the Vedas in the U.S., explain their vision and mission

In a new initiative by the Narendra Modi government, a band of Indian officials posted to three missions in the U.S. now promote ‘Indian culture’ as part of diplomacy.

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Gargi Woman Paramita Roy

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Winner of Gargi Woman Award 2018 – (Film Producer)

By Bharathi R

Paramita Roy has been awarded Hindu Council of Australia’s Gargi Woman Award 2018 for her outstanding contribution as a Film Producer. The award consisting of a plaque will be presented to her in a ceremony to be held in her home town Adelaide.

Paramita directed a feature film on child labour. The film, Hori Alone in Kolkata was screened in Australia and India. Roy directed another feature film that premiered in Australia in February 2010.  Roy has received several awards for her photography.

Gargi Woman Dr. Meenakshi Srinivasan

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Winner of Gargi Woman Award 2018 – (Educationist)

By Bharathi R

Dr. Meenakshi Srinivasan has been awarded Hindu Council of Australia’s Gargi Woman Award 2018 for her outstanding contribution as an Educationist. The award consisting of a plaque was presented to her by State MP for Strathfield Jodi McKay and by Mr Suman Saha Councillor, Cumberland Council.

Meenakshi is a Pioneer in introducing Sanskrit language teaching in Sydney, Australia. Despite all the odds and apathy of people towards Sanskrit, she single handedly kept conducting Sanskrit classes and after two decades of doing that she has established a regular sanskrit school. She has advanced the acceptability of ancient Hindu culture through the study of Sanskrit language. Meenakshi has organized and participated in the first Indian language conference in Australia during the year 2016. She has also appeared and promoted Sanskrit on ABC radio.  She has taught Sanskrit language to various students at Sydney University.

Dr. Meenakshi Srinivasan has been awarded for being the First women to set up a Sanskrit school  in Australia and for being an inspiration for people to learn the traditional language.

Hindu Council announces Winners of Gargi Woman Award 2018

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The winners of Gargi Woman Award were announced today.

The winners of 2018 Gargi Woman Award are :

1. Jacinta Tobin – Service to her Aboriginal Community

2. June Bullivant – Academic Research

3. Dr Meenakshi Srinivasan – Educationist

4. Anju Kalra – Dementia Consultant

5. Jayanthi Ramnan – Carer Service

6. Poornima Sharama – Performer

7. Paramita Roy – Film Producer

In a function held as part of Parramasala festival in Sydney, Hindu council of Australia announced the winners of Gargi Woman Award at a function held to celebrate International Women’s Day 2018.

The event was attended by Deputy Lord Mayor Michelle Garrard, Federal MP Julie Owens, Federal MP Michelle Rowland, State MP for Parramatta Geoff Lee, State MP Julia Finn, State MP for Strathfield Jodi McKay, councillor Reena Jethi, councilor Sameer Pandey and councilor Suman Saha.

In this celebration, Hindu Council of Australia also recognized a young riser Pallavi Sinha and lifelong community service provided by Ms Akila Ramiratnam, Saraswathi Shashi and Amitha Saxena for their services to teach our languages, culture and religion to young students.

Hindu council in Parramasala parade

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Hindu council of Australia has partnered with Parramasala festival to celebrate International Women’s day and Gargi Woman Awards. Parramasala is a three day celebration Parramatta’s cultural diversity. The festival began on Friday 9th March 2018 with a parade from Parramatta Town Hall to Prince Alfred Park.

Different ethnic cultures at home in Parramatta were represented including a Rajasthani pretend Paalki, Chinese dragon dance, Africans, Malayali drums and so on. Hindu council women participated in the parade in traditional sarees.

On reaching the park the parade was welcomed by aboriginal country people, by the mayor of Parramatta and by various MPs. The mayor mentioned Indians as one of the vibrant communities of Parramatta. A bollywood theme “Dream Girls of Bollywood” dance program was the highlight of the day.