Call for Artists to produce Diwali art work

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Do you know of a good artist who can produce an art painting or other art work based on Diwali theme. Hindu Council wants such artists to produce a special art for a Diwali exhibition.

(Click here for an introduction to Diwali festival of lights)

Strathfield’s High Street Library has offered Hindu Council of Australia to source local artists and create a Diwali theme based art exhibition in their art space.

The Diwali art space exhibition will be inaugurated by the Mayor of Strathfiled on 8th November 2018 with catering and flyers provided by the Library. The exhibition will continue until 20th November 2018. The library will be advertising the art exhibition with flyers, on its website and on other art exhibition platforms.

The idea is to promote Diwali theme art work so that art buyers can see the art work and purchase it directly from the artists. Entire proceeds of the art work will go directly to the artist as neither Hindu Council nor the Library will charge any commission. The space will also be provided free of cost. All that the artists have to do is, bring their art work paintings, display them and wait for it to be appreciated and sometimes sold.

It is expected that artists will produce original art work based on Diwali theme and a catalogue of all paintings and other art work will be produced much before the event to be publicised and will be distributed far and wide.

There is space for about 50 pieces of art work which can be in the form of framed paintings or other sculptures. Thin sculptures and paintings can be hung on the state of art hanging system with D hooks on the art space walls. There is a limit of 7 Kg for art work with a single hook and up to 14 Kg for an art work with one hook on each side left and right. Heavier sculptures can be placed on table space. There will be space for artists to do live painting and Rangoli also.

D hook, wire and hanging provided by Library

Library has offered an award of $100 for the best viewers pick award. Hindu Council will also offer awards for second and third place holders which will cover the cost of framing the two painting.

If you know an artist or are an artist then please contact Hindu Council of Australia using the form below so that you can produce an original art work and participate in this art exhibition.

PLEASE NOTE THAT ENTRIES FOR PAINTINGS HAS ALREADY CLOSED.
HOWEVER, IF YOU ARE PRODUCING AN ART WORK OTHER THAN A PAINTING (e.g. sclupture) WE WELCOME YOU TO FILL IN THE FORM BELOW :

Your Name* :
Your Email* :
Your phone* :
Your Address* :

State* :

Please tick the kind of art work you would produce for this exhibition :
Sculpture less than 3 inches thickSculpture more than 3 inches thickOther

Number of art work you will display* :

Please describe your art work* (Size, type, genre etc.) :

Please describe your self as an artist* :

Please upload up to 3 photos of your previous art work* (Only jpeg files less than 300k each):

I understand that I have to produce original art work which has to be completed by 30th September 2018. Upon completion, I will send a picture of my art work to Hindu Council so that it can be included in a catalogue and/or used to publicize the art space exhibition.

I give you permission to use the information on this form for promotion and management of the event.


(If you are getting an error, please email your form to ArtExhibitionTeam at hinducouncil dot com dot au)

Nyepi – Balanese Hindus celebrate Saka Calendar Hindu New Year

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 Nyepi is a Hindu celebration mainly celebrated in BaliIndonesia. It is a day of silence, fasting and meditation for the Balinese. The day following Nyepi is celebrated as Hindu New Year’s Day. The same day celebrated in India as Ugadi. Nyepi is  commemorated every Isakawarsa (Saka new year) according to the Balinese calendar (in 2018, it fell on March 17).

The Hindus of Maharashtra term the same festival, observed on the same day, Gudi Padwa (Marathi: गुढी पाडवा). The Sindhis, people from Sindh, celebrate the same day as Cheti Chand, which is the beginning of their calendar year. Manipuris also celebrate their New Year as Sajibu Nongma Panba on the same day. The Hindus of Andhra Pradesh also celebrate their new year on the same day as Ugadi.

The Melasti Ritual is performed 3–4 days beforehand Nyepi. It is dedicated to Sanghyang Widhi Wasa. The ritual is performed in Pura (Balinese temple) near the sea (Pura Segara) and meant to purify Arca, Pratima, and Pralingga (sacred objects) belonging to several temples, also to acquire sacred water from the sea.The Bhuta Yajna Ritual is performed next to vanquish the negative elements and create a balance with God, Mankind, and Nature. The ritual is also meant to appease Batara Kala by Pecaruanoffering of live animal sacrifice. Around sunset the “Pengrupukan” ceremony begins in the house compounds with the noisy banging of pots and pans and bamboo tubes along with burning of dried coconut leaf torches to drive out the demons.

Most Hindu Balinese villages make ogoh-ogoh, demonic statues made of richly painted bamboo, cloth, tinsel, and styrofoam symbolizing negative elements or malevolent spirits or even characters from Hindu mythology. After the ogoh-ogoh have been paraded around the village, they are burned in the cemeteries although many are displayed in front of community halls for another month or more and sometimes even purchased by museums and collectors.

Nyepi is a day reserved for self-reflection, and as such, anything that might interfere with that purpose is restricted. The main restrictions are no lighting fires (and lights must be kept low); no working; no entertainment or pleasure; no traveling; and, for some, no talking or eating at all. The effect of these prohibitions is that Bali’s usually bustling streets and roads are empty, there is little or no noise from TVs and radios, and few signs of activity are seen even inside homes. The only people to be seen outdoors are the Pecalang, traditional security men who patrol the streets to ensure the prohibitions are being followed.

In 2018, a parade of 7,000 exhibits including a joint Narsimha sanhaar was paraded on the streets.

The Nyepi Rituals are performed as Amati Geni: No fire or light, including no electricity, Amati Karya: No working, Amati Lelunganan: No travelling and Amati Lelanguan: Fasting and no revelry/self-entertainment. The Yoga/Brata Ritual starts at 6:00 a.m. and continues to 6:00 a.m. the next day. The Ngembak Agni/Labuh Brata Ritual is performed for all Hindus to forgive each other and to welcome the new days to come. Finally, The Dharma Shanti Rituals is performed after all the Nyepi rituals are finished.

The day following Nyepi is also celebrated as New Year’s Day. On this day, the youth of Bali in the village of Sesetan in South Bali practice the ceremony of Omed-omedan or ‘The Kissing Ritual’ to celebrate the new year.

On the day after Nyepi, known as Ngembak Geni (Relighting the Fire), social activity picks up again quickly, as families and friends gather to ask forgiveness from one another, and to perform certain religious rituals together. Fires and electricity are allowed again, and cooking of food resumes.

(Source Wikipedia)

Did Indians bring technology of Fire, Farming and tools to Australia Four Thousand Years Ago

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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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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.