Here are some of the events that are happening in Melbourne’s Indian community this month
Sat Sri Akal England
Sri Sai Siva Vishnu Temple events
Mon 18 Dec (7:00pm-8:30pm) Hanuman Jayanthi Pooja. Details 0411 611 031
Tues 19 Dec (7:00pm-8:30pm) Sani Peyarchi (the transit of planet Saturn). Graha Santhi Pooja will be performed for all rasis.
Fri 29 Dec (7:00-8:30pm) Vaikunda Ekadasi celebrations. Special pooja, abishekam and procession of Lord Vishnu, 5/4 Shaft Crt Hoppers Crossing.
Yoga Hut Kirtan
Thu 14 Dec (7:00pm-9:00pm) An evening of kirtan with bhakti sunset. Yoga Hut Brighton 145 Cochrane St Brighton. Details Andre 0411 276 096
Chant and Chai Cartel Kirtan
Wed 20 Dec (7:00pm-9:30pm) Line-up of musicians including the return of multi-instrumentalist George Worthy and special guest Oud player Mladen Ilic, joined by regulars Krsnamrta and Dhanesh. CERES Environment Park Corner Roberts and Stewart Streets, East Brunswick Details www.chantyoga.com
Odissi dance: Sthithi We Stand We Belong
Sat 16 Dec (6:00pm-6:30pm) Multicultural Arts Victoria’s ‘Mapping Melbourne’ Festival presents a free Odissi recital, Sthithi at Queensbridge Square, Southbank. Sthithi performed by students of Monica Singh Sangwan (Sohamasmi Centre for Performing Arts) brings together dancers of diverse ethnicities to reflect contemporary Asia in our city of Melbourne. This dance composition choreographed and conceived by Sharmila Biswas, with music composed by Sukanta Kumar Kundu modernizes the movements and techniques of Indian classical dance (namely Odissi), yoga and martial art. Details www.multiculturalarts.com.au
Upto 21 Dec Introduction to Kalaripayattu, Kerala’s ancient traditional indigenous healing and martial art. Studio J Dance, 1/147 Swan St, Richmond. Details 03 9088 0779
Nava Saal Sade Naal
Sat 6 Jan (6:00pm-12 midnight) Fund raising event for our players. Special cultural, comedy, play and dance performances with open DJ in the end. 397-405 Springvale Rd, Springvale. Details 0412 317 190
NEW YEAR’S EVE
Indian Dinner Ball
Sun 31 Dec (7:00pm-1:00am) Oorja Entertainment Presents a Grand Evening of wine, dine and entertainment at Grand Hyatt Melbourne. Details 0425 795 135
Sun 31 Dec (7:00pm) Azooba The Food Wonderland 267 Mickleham Rd, Tullamarine. Details 03 9330 4563
Sun 31 Dec (7:00pm) Seasons-5 Resorts 454 Point Cook Road, Point Cook. Red carpet entry with DJ & open dance floor, live performances and kids entertainment. Details 0433 261 157
Red Carpet NYE
Sun 31 Dec (6:00pm-1:30am) GDI & SEPWA Presents Red Carpet NYE 2018. The Grand Metropole 1/370 Clayton Rd, Clayton. Details Harman 0425 691 297
Ghazal Indian NYE
Sun 31 Dec (7.00pm-11.30pm) Ghazal Indian Buffet & Bar presents New Year’s Eve Celebrations with unlimited buffet, welcome drinks, live DJ and entertainment. 187 Watton St Werribee. Details 0433 009 708.