Gargi Women Awards 2019

This award is given to Australian Women who have made a significant contribution to Australia.  This year, eight  awards are being offered, one in each of the following categories :

  1. Sports
  2. Defense, Police, Fire, emergency services
  3. Performing and Arts
  4. Community services
  5. Education
  6. Science and Research
  7. Language and Culture
  8. Journalism

Nominations are accepted online at hinducouncil.com.au/gargi

Closing date for nominations is 31st December 2018. If you are an Australian woman or know of an Australian woman,  who deserves the award, please nominate her.  Self nominations are also welcome and encouraged. The candidate should be :

  • A resident of Australia
  • Not an elected representative or an office bearer of a political party
  • Has not received any major award for this work yet
  • Believes in gender balance and democracy
  • Does not believe in Violence and does not believe in Religious Conversion

Selection will be made by a jury and awards will be announced and presented on International Women’s Day in March, 2019.

The purpose of these awards is to foster Integration between different communities in Australia and to recognize women who have remained unrecognized for their work and contribution.


 

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Nominate a woman for Gargi Award

Click here to find out more about Gargi Award and to nominate someone for the award. Self nominations are encouraged.

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Gargi Woman Paramita Roy

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.

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Gargi Woman Poornima Sharma

Winner of Gargi Woman Award 2018 – (Performer)

By Bharathi R

Poornima Sharma has been awarded Hindu Council of Australia’s Gargi Woman Award 2018 for her outstanding contribution as a performer. The award consisting of a plaque was presented to her by Federal Member of Parliament  Hon. Michelle Rowland  and Councillor Hill Shire Reena Jethi, representing Hon Ray Williams – Minister for Multicultural .

Poornima is an innovative dancer and choreographer for last 22 years. She has fulfilled her dreams of successfully mixing classical and semi classical dance forms with Bollywood  style of dancing. She learnt dancing in Indian Dance centre that was established in 1987 by Raghavan Nair, her father.

In 2003 Raghavan Nair Ji passed  his responsibilities to his daughter for running  India Dance Centre (IDC) as an Artistic Director. Since then she has successfully taken the IDC company to new heights by performing many shows nationally in Australia as well as Internationally. She has received many awards for her latest project “RAMAYANA”. She is a role model to give new dimension to dance in national and international level.

Poornima Sharma has been awarded the Gargi Woman Award for her outstanding service to the community as a Performer.

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Gargi Woman Jayanthi Ramanan

Winner of Gargi Woman Award 2018 – (Carer)

By Bharathi R

Jayanthi Ramanan has been awarded Hindu Council of Australia’s Gargi Woman Award 2018 for her outstanding contribution as a carer. The award consisting of a plaque was presented to her by Member of Parliament – Parramatta Hon. Geoff Lee and by Anita Sharma NSW Vice President of Hindu Council of Australia.

She used to work as an IT consultant, took early retirement. She saw a Christian chaplain helping a friend in a hospital. In anguish, she thought why no Hindu chaplains in Sydney. She did her own  research and took many months to find out about how to become a Chaplain. Finally she took the training and became a Hindu Chaplain. Now, she inspires others to become chaplains and more than 12 people have taken to Chaplaincy on her encouragement. She conducts regular workshops and information sessions and guides would be chaplains.  She is a good role model for youngsters on how to break barriers and integrate with the main stream. Hindu Council of Australia appreciates her for being the first women to come up with the idea of starting a Hindu Chaplain service in Sydney.

Jayanthi left the stage immediately after receiving the award, reason – she got a call for help from a terminal patient from a hospital.

Jayanthi ramanan has been awarded the Gargi Woman Award for her outstanding service to the community as a carer.

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Gargi Woman Anju Kalra

Winner of Gargi Woman Award 2018 – (Dementia Consultant)

By Bharathi R

Anju Kalra has been awarded Hindu Council of Australia’s Gargi Woman Award 2018 for her outstanding contribution to Community as a Dementia Consultant. The award consisting of a plaque was presented to her by Member of Parliament – Granville Hon. Julia Finn and Mr Sameer Pandey  Councillor, Parramatta Council .

She is a Dementia Consultant, expert in Aged Care and Disability, She has been awarded as Citizen of the year in 2017 in hills Shire for her outstanding contribution to the community in working with seniors from multi-cultural backgrounds in Dementia, Aged Care and Disability. Her name appears in worlds Who’s who in 2016 for her outstanding contributions to the seniors living in the community. Founder and President of Dementia Support Group for Indian Australians.

Hindu Council appreciates her Outstanding  contribution to  Community services as carer for dementia, aged care and disability.

Anju Kalra has been awarded the Gargi Woman Award for her outstanding service to the community as a Dementia Consultant.

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Gargi Woman Jacinta Tobin

Winner of Gargi Woman Award 2018 – (Community)

By Bharathi R

Jacinta Tobin has been awarded Hindu Council of Australia’s Gargi Woman Award 2018 for her outstanding contribution to Community. The award consisting of a plaque was presented to her by Dy. Lord Mayor Parramatta Council Hon. Michelle Garrad  Mr Prakash Mehta – National President Hindu Council of Australia.

Jacinta has coordinated City of Parramatta’s National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee (NAIDOC) for over 3 years. She has transformed the event from a stallholder event into a cultural celebration. NAIDOC now has a focus on healing, educating, raising cultural awareness, and the event brings Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people together.

At NAIDOC 2017, she implemented a Domestic Violence tent with the assistance of Domestic Violence services and organisations. The tent was created to assist and support women, who may be living in violent relationships. Women were able to access Domestic Violence information and support in a confidential and safe environment.

During NAIDOC events, she has worked with a number of artists in particular female artists. She encourages artists to build their confidence by performing at events, and she trains and supports young event coordinators during the planning of NAIDOC.

In 2017, she supported the Female Factory Precinct, Long Time Coming Home, National Sorry Day event. The Female Factory Precinct is Australia’s first purpose built Female Factory and Orphanage. She also works closely with schools, teaching language songs to children and young people. 

Jacinta is a highly respected woman who is passionate about helping others, and educating the community about Aboriginal Culture. Holding traditional values, She supports Elders at every opportunity with their decision making and planning of community activities.

Jacinta Tobin has been awarded for her outstanding service to her community.

 

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Gargi Woman Dr. Meenakshi Srinivasan

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.

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Gargi Woman June Bullivant

Winner of Gargi Woman Award 2018 – (Academic Researcher)

By Bharathi R

JUNE BULLIVANT  has been awarded Hindu Council of Australia’s Gargi Woman Award 2018 for her outstanding contribution as Academic Researcher. The award consisting of a plaque was presented to her by Federal MP Julie Owens and by Mr Surinder Jain – Vice President – Hindu council of Australia.

June has earlier been nominated for the 2012 Women of the West Award for her commitment to providing educational opportunities and preserving the history of Western Sydney.

The Granville Historical Society is a resource centre which collects the history of the Granville and Parramatta local areas; provides historical information and photographs for the use of the community, for use for educational and family history; offers educational presentations to organisations and schools; and provides photographic displays for use within the Parramatta Heritage Centre.

She has played a lead role in the Society since 1988, when she and her husband founded the organisation as part of a Bicentenary Committee project

Over the years, She has served the Granville Historical Society in a number of roles, including as President, for three times. She currently serves as Secretary and Treasurer, and regularly writes grant proposals for upcoming projects.

Her role involves the preparation of PowerPoint presentations and to provide schools with interactive presentations that make the subject of local history more interesting. She is currently working on a virtual walk through Parramatta Park, which will be given to organisations and schools to share the local history of Granville and the Parramatta LGA.

She is also a delegate on the Parramatta City Council Heritage Advisory Committee, which works to protect Parramatta heritage sites – at present she is working to oppose the recent proposal to drill holes through the 1836 Lennox Bridge.

While proud of the fights she has been involved in over the years — saving Granville pool, upgrade of Granville station and saving heritage on the UWS Rydalmere site — she insists she is “no hero”. She worked tirelessly to keep  Parramatta Female factory alive.

JUNE BULLIVANT  has been awarded 2018 Gargi woman award for her outstanding contribution as Academic Researcher.

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Hindu Council announces Winners of Gargi Woman Award 2018

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.

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