Neeraj Gupta’s sculpture awarded by Australia

Sydney, Australia: The Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize, presented by Woollahra Council, today
announced 48 emerging and established artists as finalists for the 18th annual Prize and exhibition. The
finalist group was today from 666 entries this year including artists from Australia, India and the
United Kingdom highlighting the Prize’s growing international reputation.

Delhi, India based artist Neeraj Gupta’s work, titled Drifter – III (2018) challenges what he suggests is
the de-humanisation of art in a modern world of super-technology. Using pigment in white cement to
create a stylised bust, Gupta seeks to reject art as information or reduction and return to art as
emotion, harnessing its mysterious power of transcending history and horizontal time to allow his
viewers to see things acutely.

EXHIBITION DETAILS: A free exhibition of all the finalist sculptures will be presented from Saturday
20th until Sunday 11 November 2018 at Woollahra Council. The winners will be announced at the
launch of the exhibition on 19 October with further details to be provided closer to the time. A series
of Artists’ Talks and Community Workshops will be presented as part of the program.

BACKGROUND ON THE WOOLLAHRA SMALL SCULPTURE PRIZE: The Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize is
a national prize for sculptures of smaller dimensions and has attracted strong support from artists,
collectors, benefactors, critics, as well as the local community. The Prize was initiated in 2001 by
Council to support, promote and celebrate artistic excellence, but also to encourage the local
community to access the then, newly renovated Woollahra Council Chambers. The Prize attracts local,
national and international entries each year.

MEDIA CONTACT: To request artist biographies, interviews, imagery and information in relation to the
Prize, please contact Megan Bentley, megan@articulatepr.com.au or Kym Elphinstone,
kym@articulatepr.com.au, 0421 106 139.

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The Indian-Australian millennials

ABC’s religion and ethics unit have published a story on why Indian-Australian millennials are choosing to have arranged marriages. Read about it here.

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Hindu temples issue an appeal for Drought relief

Sri Venkateswara Temple, Helensburgh has issued an appeal to all devotees to donate and help Australian farmers suffering from unprecedented drought conditions on their farms.

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First Jalaram Mandir & Community Centre in Australia (Perth)

With the blessings of Pujya Shree Jalaram Bapa, SJMWA (Shree Jalaram Mandal WA (Inc.))is delighted to let you know that we have received the revised development approval from the City Of Wanneroo for the construction of our very first Jalaram Mandir & Community Centre in Australia (Perth, Western Australia).

 

What does this mean – This means that we are now very close to giving BAPA his permanent residency (PR!!).

We have now engaged various consultants to complete the full construction drawings, tendering & applying for the building permit to start construction. This should only take a few more months.

As mentioned previously, the temple will predominantly be Jalaram Bapa’s temple, but it is also intended to cater for the religious needs of our wider Perth Hindu Community. The temple will have other Murti’s alongside Bapa, these will include Shree Ganesh, Ram Parivar, Radha Krishna, Shiv Parvati, Shivling, Hanumanji & Amba Maa. The community centre will consist of modern facilities including a well-equipped commercial kitchen, community hall, class rooms & performance stage to promote cultural activities.

With great pleasure, we announce that all the sponsorships for the Murti Pratishtha’s have been taken up. We would like to congratulate & thank all the various families who have taken up this rewarding opportunity for their generous support towards our Mandir project.

Further the  Mandal wishes  to congratulate and  thank the families for taking up the following sponsorship of the various parts of the Mandir.

  • Naming of the Main Hall.
  • Naming of the Dining Hall.
  • Naming of the Kitchen.
  • Naming of the Mezzanine Floor.

Some more good news, the following milestones have been achieved.

  • The purchase price of the land, $1,100,000.00 has been fully paid for & your Mandal (SJMWA) is the proud owners of this parcel of land. A big thank you goes to you all.    
  • From all the above mentioned sponsorships we have so far raised a further $830,000.00.
  • Our 500@50for5 subscription program has crossed over 100 subscriptions milestone, HOORAY but we can still do better on this one.
  • After taking into account all the donations received, the sponsorships, the subscriptions from the 500@50for5 & the interest free loan available to us we are now only approximately $500,000.00 away from achieving our Dream.

How can you help?

We are humbly requesting all of you to please consider taking up one of the following opportunities to help us in the last leg of our journey in giving BAPA his permanent home in Perth. Please let us all work together to bring this Dream to life.

1)    500@50for5  Give a little …. Gain a lot program:

This is your opportunity to perform the highest honour in the opening of the Mandir & Community Center.

  • By subscribing to this program you’re contributing $50.00 per month for 5 years, which equates to $3,000.00 (over 5 years) without feeling the strain of out laying the money all at once. However the good news is, one of you will stand a chance to perform the highest honour of opening the doors to the Mandir with your family’s name plaque placed at the entrance in recognition of your participation. Every $50.00 subscription will go into the draw. Please click on the link to download the brochure: Download Brochure

 

2)    One Off Donation:

All donations are appreciated, however donations over $2,000.00 will be acknowledged with a name plaque to be placed on a prominent wall at the Mandir & Community Centre. Your kind & generous donations can be made via:

 

  •  By credit card:

Pay via this link: Pay by credit card

 

  • Direct Bank transfer:

Shree Jalaram Mandal of Western Australia (Inc.)

Bank: Commonwealth Bank Australia

Address: 201 Sussex Street, Sydney, NSW 2000.

Account Number: 12313943

BSB Number: 066000

Swift Code: CTBAAU2S

3)    Other Sponsorship Opportunities:

You can have the honour & privilege of sponsoring the following.

  • Yajman for foundation stone laying ceremony (Bhumi Poojan).
  • Sponsorship of car parks.
  • Various equipment & appliances for the Mandir and Community Centre.

For all donations & sponsorship enquiries please contact Vinesh Lakhani.

For more information please visit our website: www.jalarambapa.com.au

Thank you & may BAPA always shower his blessings upon you all. 

Kind Regards

Vinesh Lakhani

Chairman & Temple Project Coordinator

On behalf of : The Trustees & the Managing Committee of Shree Jalaram Mandal WA (Inc.)

(T) + 61 405 323 571

(E) chairman@jalarambapa.com.au

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Hindus are the most employed group in Australia

Hindus have the highest overall workforce participation rate among all religious groups in Australia, according to RMIT-ABC Fact Check.

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Australian bishop sentenced to year’s detention for child sex abuse cover-up

The most senior Roman Catholic cleric in the world to be convicted of covering up child sex abuse has been sentenced in an Australian court to 12 months in detention. Newcastle Magistrate Robert Stone on Tuesday, July 3, 2018, ordered Adelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson to serve at least 6 months before he is eligible for parole.

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Perth Mint releases Diwali 2018 Stamp and Coin Cover

The coin features a representation of Ganesha with his traditional motifs – a lotus flower, an ornamental axe and a mouse, symbolising the deity’s state of enlightenment. The design includes the inscription ‘happy diwali’ and The Perth Mint’s traditional ‘P’ mintmark.

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Albury Wodonga Hindus produce “That Girl”

Albury Wodonga are two twin towns in Australia on the New South Wales-Victoria state border, separated by Murray river. It has a significant population of Hindus from Indian and from Bhutan. About 60 members of the local Bhutanese and Indian communities got together to produce a Bollywood-style dance and song titled That Girl. The song has a message about respecting women and includes a verse in Hindi. This is perhaps one of the first art production by an Indian/Bhutanese group from a country (rural) town in Australia.

The project is the brainchild of Melbourne-based songwriter and Community Music Victoria’s diversity coordinator Sarah Mandie. Ms Mandie said it about giving the community the confidence to talk about violence against women and girls. She said the aim was to give women and girls more confidence to stand up for themselves and call out disrespectful behaviour. It also encouraged people in the community to help each other, and connect with health and support services if in need.

 

Watch the video here.

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Yoga day at Gold Coast By ASMY

By: Samantha Doyle, ASMY, Gold Coast.

The Spirit of Yoga Shines at Yoga Day Festival YOGA DAY FESTIVAL | www.yogadayfestival.com.au | asmy.org.au

The sun was rising over the crystal clear Gold Coast ocean as enthusiastic volunteers began setting up the first of a relay of festivals taking place across the nation. There were tepees, brightly coloured flags, flowers, bohemian decorations, and sacred sounds resonating throughout the atmosphere.

With the yoga lifestyle becoming a rapidly growing trend, widely accepted and adopted across many cultures, it’s any wonder the world loves to celebrate United Nations World Yoga Day. Wanting to offer a celebration that truly embodied the spirit of yoga, the team at the Australian School of Meditation & Yoga (ASMY) put their passion into action and Yoga Day Festival was born. Now in its 4th year, Yoga Day Festival has become one of Australia’s brightest, fastest growing, icon yoga festivals.

Stunning locations, village like set-ups, generous pops of colour and a broad variety of yoga lifestyle experiences are the foundational assets that give people an immersive experience. Yoga Dance, Kirtan, Yoga Teacher Training workshops, Kids yoga areas, drumming workshops, educational seminars, and of course a variety of asana and meditation classes made up the bulk of the program.

The community collaboration of gifted local teachers, talented musicians and a variety of lifestyle coaches all coming together with the intention of sharing their gifts and talents made for a heart- warming example of why yoga is such an asset to our community. Participants were able to experience not only the benefits of each modality on offer, but also the spirit of yoga – the unconditional giving and receiving; joy; love; peace; and happiness that naturally grow in those who live the yoga lifestyle.

A special feature of the festivals, and a highlight for many, was the kirtan – a sacred music experience that allowed everyone to come together and share their voices, singing sacred mantras. The joy, happiness and pure fun was evident as everyone swayed, clapped, danced and sang.

Two of the featured chant artists were Pralad and the Chants (https://www.praladandthechants.com/) and Ashraya (http://ashraya.band/) Madya Lila, lead singer from Ashraya describes the impact that kirtan has, “If you have not experienced kirtan before it is a must. Kirtan transports you to a world of inspiration, peace and joy, far beyond the stress and worries of life. Kirtan nourishes the soul’s deepest needs by reawakening the spiritual love that exists within our hearts and enables us to fully taste the nectar for which we are always anxious.”

Radha Krishna Das explains the vision of the Yoga Day Festival team as follows, “The collective idea and ongoing mission of our Yoga Day Festival team is to be of service to humanity by offering the transforming and life enhancing gifts of the yoga lifestyle to the broader community. An increasing number of people want a lifestyle that supports them in achieving overall well-being physically, mentally and spiritually. And because this is exactly what yoga offers, we find that people are naturally attracted to it and are interested in its practice and applying its principles and techniques to their lives. Hence why an event like YDF is such a hit – it offers people an immersive experience of what it might feel like to really embrace yoga in its complete sense.”

For further information please contact Samantha Doyle samantha@yogadayfestival.com.au 0405 910 345 yogadayfestival.com.au

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Darwin revels in music and Yoga for four days

B: Kalindi,ASMY
The popular kirtan band, Ashraya, were invited to Darwin to be part of the festivities to celebrate International Day of Yoga. Over 4 nights, they brought peace and joy to the Darwin yoga and Hindu communities through the power of kirtan. 
 
 
The first night (Thursday 21st June) of kirtan was at the famous Mindil Beach Sunset Markets down on the beach as the sun sets. Hundreds of people listened and even participated in the kirtan! The kirtan was also livestreamed on Facebook and people from around the world joined in and commented how beautiful it was.
 
 
Friday night was hosted by a local vegan cafe, Kings Wholefoods Artisan, and approximately 100 attended Ashraya’s Mystic Journey, a soundscape of pranayama, mantra, mindfulness and kirtan. A delicious pure vegetarian meal was provided by our hosts followed by ecstatic dancing and chanting of the sacred mantras.
 
There were two events on Saturday. The first was Yoga Day Festival where Ashraya concluded the asana practice with heartwarming, peaceful kirtan. Participants were mesmerized and expressed how wonderful it was to end a yoga practice with such a beautiful meditation. Ashraya then played at the Yoga Day Festival after party where approximately 50 people attended. Ashraya started with a gentle guided meditation which then built into an ecstatic dance. Everyone was so happy with big smiles all around. 
 
One of the band members, Radha Krishna das gave a talk on breaking bad habits and how the yoga system can break these by completely satisfying us within. The band also led more beautiful kirtan with approx 100 people in attendance. A delicious dinner was provided by the event volunteers. 
 
Darwin! we look forward to Ashraya again in the future!
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