Survey of Volunteers for Parramatta Diwali 2018

To help us improve, we are conducting a survey of Volunteers who helped us with Parramatta Diwali.

This is a brief survey of Volunteers feedback for Diwali 2018. Please take a few minutes to fill it out.

1. Were you contacted by anyone ever by Hindu Council after having filled the Volunteer form?

2. Did you help out at Parramatta Diwali 3-4November?

2a. Did you help out with Kalyanam/Pattabhishekam?

3. How many hours did you spend on Saturday 3rd November 2018?

4. Which area of volunteering did you help on Saturday?
TicketingCultural ManagementGave a cultural performanceManning a stallInfrastructureAdministrationArt WorkAudio VisualDriverDecorationSecurityEvent PhotographyCleaningOther

5. How many hours did you spend on Sunday 4th November 2018?

6. Which area of volunteering did you help on Sunday?
TicketingCultural ManagementGave a cultural performanceManning a stallInfrastructureAdministrationArt WorkAudio VisualDriverDecorationSecurityEvent PhotographyCleaningOther

7. How would you rate your experience in volunteering?

8a. What did Hindu Council do that it should continue to do?

8b. What did Hindu Council do where it can make improvements?

9. Would you like to continue doing volunteer work for Hindu Council?

10. Your availability?
Weekend- : YesNo
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Goddess Kali gets Special Commendation by Woolahra Council in Vaucluse Australia

By : Surinder Jain.

Vaucluse is a harbour suburb in the Woollahra council within Sydney, Australia. It is one of the most fashion and art conscious highly sought after suburb with a very high average income. The Council runs an annual Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize (WSSP) and attracts some of the best artists in Australia and overseas. It brings together a collection of finalists from preeminent to the lesser known.

Pointy Gold Head Kali

WSSP Exhibition

This year it had 46 finalists whose sculptures were on display in the Council building with an entry by Neeraj Gupta from India. The mayor of Woollahra opened the exhibition and announced the prizes. A special commendation prize was awarded to a Kali sculpture made by a Fiji Indian now Australian artist Ramesh. The award was presented to artist Ramesh by the mayor of Woollahra Council Peter M Cavanagh.



The Kali sculpture called “Pointy Gold Head” was chosen by the judges to be awarded a Special Commendation. The sculpture is a 24-carrat gold plated bronze statue of the face of Goddess Kali with her tongue protruding out. According to its artist Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran, the material used included clay, shells, rubber hoses and cardboard and one can find these objects embedded in the surface. The artwork was made permanent through bronze casting and Gold Plating Process, a direct reference to representations of the Hindu Goddess, Kali.


We caught up with the artist and asked him

Q. what inspired you to make a sculpture of Goddess Kali.

A. I was making a face out of various waste material and a sudden inspiration caused me to pull the tongue out. Before I knew it, face of Goddess Kali had already been made.


Ramesh with Commendation from Mayor

Q. Why did you Gold Plate the face with 24 carat Gold.

A. To reflect the immense power and glory of the Goddess, I had to imbue it with some thing of extreme value. Pure 24 carat Gold lets that happen.

Q. Where were you born.

A. I was born here in the suburb of Auburn in Sydney though my parents had come to Australia from Fiji.


Sri Lankan-born, Sydney-based artist Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran creates rough-edged, vibrant, new-age idols. He experiments with form and scale in the context of figurative sculpture to explore politics of sex, the monument, gender and religion. Formally trained in painting and drawing his practice has a sculptural emphasis which champions the physicality of art making. These works are often stacked to form totems or perched atop customised plinths.
While proceeding from a confident atheist perspective, Nithiyendran draws upon his Hindu and Christian heritage as reference points as well as a large range of sources including the internet, pornography, fashion and art history. Self-portraits make frequent appearances and the dual presence of male and female organs suggest gender fluid realms of new possibilities. 
He has exhibited at various spaces and contexts including the 2018 Dhaka Art Summit, the encounters section for Art Basel Hong Kong, the Art Gallery of South Australia’s flagship exhibition, the 2016 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art and The National: New Australian Art 2017. He has presented solo exhibitions at the National Gallery of Australia, The Ian Potter Museum of Art and the Shepparton Art Museum. In 2014, Nithiyendran was awarded the 2014 NSW Visual Arts Fellowship (emerging) administered through Artspace. In 2015, he was the winner of the 2015 Sidney Myer Fund Australian Ceramic Award, Australia’s richest and premier award for artists working in the medium of ceramics.
His work is held in various collections, including the National Gallery of Australia, the Art Gallery of South Australia, The Art Gallery of Western Australia, Artbank, The Ian Potter Museum of Art and the Shepparton Art Museum. The sculpture is available for sale at a price of Australia $19,800.


Organizer Lyn with the Author and Neeraj’s Mind’s Eye

Neeraj Gupta from India had also been selected as a finalist for his sculpture Mind’s Eye which was priced at $12,000.

A 3D printed figurine of real people


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Deepavali Fair-The Indian Festival of Ligths,2009

The Indian Festival of Lights, is the most widely celebrated  festival of the people from the Indian sub-continent and across the  whole world. Deepavali means rows of lights, it is the festival  symbolising victory of good over evil, light over darkness, and  knowledge over ignorance. Though there are many mythological  explanations to this wonderful festival, however, in the current world  what the festival of lights really stands for is a reaffirmation of  hope, a renewed commitment to friendship, religious tolerance,  spreading the word of peace and harmony and above all, celebration of  ”simple joys of life”.

The Hindu Council of Australia, a national body representing all Australian Hindus (over 150,000), has been celebrating this festival of lights for the past nine years on a large scale. Last year more than 20,000 people attended the whole day of festivities at the Sydney Olympic Park, Athletic Arena, on Sunday, the 19th October 2008.

This year the Deepavali fair will be held at Parramatta Stadium, Parramatta on Sunday, the 11th October 2009. To enjoy the variety of cultural activities and the delicious Indian food from various regions of India, you are invited to come and join us in the festivities
This is the biggest gathering of people of Indian origin. Lots of people of multi-ethnic background also come to share the richness of the Indian culture and the variety of sumptuous food items. One of the attractions of the Deepavali fair is the burning of the effigy of the how to buy viagra online without prescription Demon King Ravana followed by Fireworks display. The program will finish around 8:30 pm with a fantastic display of fireworks.

You can participate by becoming a sponsor of the fair, or by setting up a stall to sell food items or other general items of interest. You can also advertise in the coloured Souvenir, which is a collector’s item, containing lots of informative articles.

Given below are the icons for accessing the application forms for participating in the fair:

Sponsorships – Click here to download a form to sponsor an event.

Stalls – Click here to download a form to book a stall for selling food and other items.

Souvenir– Click here to download a form to advertise in the coloured souvenir.

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