What’s on this weekend in Sydney’s Indian community

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COMMUNITY

Ayurveda for Better
Fri 23 Aug (5.30pm – 7.00pm) The Consulate General of India, Sydney in association with Rotary Club of Sydney and University of Technology Sydney cordially invites you for the talk on ” Ayurveda for Holistic Health” (Understanding causes for the life style diseases like diabetes, high blood pressure, Thyroid and Heart problems). Presented by Dr. Rajkumar Sharma. To register for this event please rsvp at library.sydney@mea.gov.in

Towards better living, Through the Bhagwat Gita
Fri 23 Aug (7.00pm to 9.00pm )  BAPS Swaminarayan Mandir Rosehill and Hindu Council of Australia present  a special event with Mahmahopadhyay Bhadreshdas Swamiji, who will speak on the topic “Towards better living, through the Bhagawat Gita”. Swamiji has advanced the tradition of India’s rich intellectual heritage with Bhashyas (commentaries) on the Prasthantrayi (Three texts of Divine Philosophy). Location: Bowman Hall, 35 Campbell Street, Blacktown, NSW

Details bapssatsangi@gmail.com

Gandhi at 150

23 Aug (4:00pm onwards) The Consulate General of India Sydney, the International Centre for Nonviolence Australia and Soka Gakkai International Australia commemorate the 150th anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi at SGI Australia Culture Centre, 3 Parkview Drive, Sydney Olympic Park. Details Gambhir Watts 9283 6088

Punjabi Khed Mela
Sun 25 Aug (9.00am onwards) Punjabi League of Aus (Inc) presents the sports meet Punjabi Khed Mela at Exeter Farm Reserve, Meurants Lane, Glenwood. Features include Kabaddi, volleyball, soccer, athletics, kho kho and special events for women and children. Details Makhan Singh Hayer 0410 462 855

 STAGE

Master Saleem Live in Concert
Sun 25 Aug (5:00 pm onwards) Bonnyrigg Sports Club618 Elizabeth Drive Bonnyrigg Heights, NSW. Details 0423 273 621

Tishani Doshi
Tue 27 Aug (6.30pm – 8.00pm) Critical Path presents contemporary Indian dancer Tishani Doshi in conversation with First Nations choreographer and dancer Amrita Hepi. Part performance, part video, part talk, this is an intimate evening with Indian contemporary dancer Tishani Doshi. Location: Parramatta Artists Studios, Level 1 & 2, 68 Macquarie St, Parramatta. Details 02 9806 5230

FESTIVAL

Janmashtami
Sat 24 Aug
(6:30pm – 9:30pm) Divine & Holistic and Australian School of Meditation & Yoga present Sri Krishna Janmashtami at Granville Town Hall, 10 Carlton Street, Granville. Featuring one of Australia’s leading kirtan bands Ashraya.

EXHIBITION

‘Storing & Remembering’
21 – 31 Aug Mother-daughter artist duo Panchali Sheth and Nikita Sheth present the exhibition ‘Storing & Remembering’ based on their shared interest in capturing the ideas surrounding forgetting and remembering; permanence and absence; and love and loss. Taking memory as a common point of departure, both artists create works that express something innately personal from their past: an experience, a conversation, a smell, a connection. Location: Sheffer Gallery, 38 Lander Street, Darlington, Sydney. Details 02 9310 5683.

Archibald Prize 2019
Until 8 Sep Check out Australia’s most extraordinary art event that awards the best portrait artists for their paintings. South Asian artist Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran and Young Archie finalists Lakshman Nitish Ramesh and Anupama Pangeni are hung in this year’s event. Also hung is a lovely portrait of iconic restaurateur Anant Singh who opened the famous Jasmin restaurant in Adelaide in 1980. Venue: Art Gallery Rd, Sydney NSW 2000. Details 1800 679 278.

STUDENTS

Essay writing competition
The Ambedkar International Mission Australia invites entries for its second annual essay writing competition, open to uni students across Australia and New Zealand. Topics:

  1. Comparison of Dr Ambedkar’s contributions with any political philosopher of your choice OR
  2. Salience of Dr Ambedkar in the coming decade in any one of the following aspects – Social justice, Affirmative action, Women’s empowerment, Nation building.

3000 words. First prize $300. Second prize $200. Third prize $100. Last date for submission 15 Nov 2019. Submit entries to aim.sydney2018@gmail.com. Details Vaibhav Gaekwad 0415 469 525

 ENTERTAINMENT

The Asli Gully Boy, Rapper Naezy
Sat 24 Aug
 (9:00 pm onwards) Gully Boy fame rapper Naezy Live in Sydney at  IVY Level 2, Den, Lounge & Terrace, 330 George St, Sydney. Details 0425 253 465.

SENIORS

Seniors Rights Forum
Sat 24 Aug (1.00pm – 4.00pm) AASHA Foundation Australia (Ltd) announces a forum on ageing and seniors rights, including Q and A with experts and free health checks. Venue: Wentworthville Community Centre, 2 Lane St, Wentworthville. Details Bijinder Dugal 0412 786 569

SPIRITUAL

Swami Sadyojathah
Sat 24 Aug (4:30pm – 7:30pm)
The Art of Living Foundation presents an evening of music, wisdom & meditation with Swami Sadyojathah, the royal that became a humanitarian worker.

Venue: Canada Bay Club, 4 William Street, Five Dock.

This is a free event. As places are limited, RSVP required by 20 Aug. Email: amrita.in@gmail.com

 EXHIBITION

Archibald Prize 2019
Until 8 Sep Check out Australia’s most extraordinary art event that awards the best portrait artists for their paintings. South Asian artist Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran and Young Archie finalists Lakshman Nitish Ramesh and Anupama Pangeni are hung in this year’s event. Also hung is a lovely portrait of iconic restaurateur Anant Singh who opened the famous Jasmin restaurant in Adelaide in 1980. Venue: Art Gallery Rd, Sydney NSW 2000. Details 1800 679 278.

LATER EVENTS

FESTIVAL

Western Sydney Ganeshotsav
2 – 12 Sept Swaminarayan Mandir, 1/44 Bessemer St, Blacktown. Details www.westernsudneyganesh.org.au

STAGE

Punjabi Virsa
Sat 31 Aug (7:00 pm onwards) Punjabi Virsa 2019 Live In Concert at Diamond Showroom, Blacktown Workers Club, 55 Campbell St, Blacktown. Details 0452 337 387

Stand-up comedy: Jagan Krishnan
Sat 31 Aug (6:30pm onwards) Tamil comedy at Krishnan
Yaarl Function Centre, 221A Wentworth Ave Pendle Hill.

Kolkata’s Chandrabindoo
31 Aug (6.00pm onwards) Famed Kolkata band Chandrabindoo, brings to Sydney its satirical take on socio-cultural issues in “Ban Bhashi”. Venue: C3, M108 Silverwater Rd, Silverwater. Details Taneem 0406 063 058

CLASSICAL

Carnatic music: Vignesh Ishwar
Sun 15 Sept (4.00pm – 7:30pm) Pallavi Sydney presents Carnatic vocalist Vignesh Ishwar, accompanied by K Praveen Kumar on mrudangam and L Ramakrishnan on violin. Venue: Ermington Community Centre, 10 River Rd, Ermington NSW.  Details Mohan Ayyar 0407 398 267

 Abhijnana Shakunthalam
Sat 12 Oct (6.30pm onwards) To celebrate Diwali this year, charity organisation Vision 2020 has organised a grand ballet based on the great Indian poet Kalidasa’s immortal drama Abhijnana Shakunthalam. Exclusively choreographed by Sydney’s renowned artist Hamsa Venkat and presented by Samskriti School of Dance, it will be a rich cultural experience for all age groups. Venue: Performing Arts Centre, Pacific Hills Christian School, 9-15 Quarry Road, Dural. Fresh food and free parking available. This year Vision 2020 is supporting a unique organisation REHOBOTH (Shelter) Paraniputhur in rural Tamil Nadu, which has been providing shelter and rehabilitation facilities to destitute women with mental health issues. Details www.Vision2020.org.au

ENTERTAINMENT

Garba Night Devang Patel
Sat 7 Sept (7:00pm onwards) Blacktown Leisure Centre,
Stanhope Parkway and Sentry Drive, Stanhope Gardens. Details Shah 0425 188 199

Fashion Show: Royal Indian Rendezvous
Sat 21 Sept (12:00 noon to 05:00 pm)  Bowman Hall, 35 Campbell Street, Blacktown.

Raas Leela with Parthiv Gohil
Sat 14 Sept (6:00pm – 11:00pm) Blacktown Leisure Centre, Stanhope Parkway and Sentry Drive, Stanhope Gardens. Details 0411 964 506

Dandiya Night with Fashion Show
Sun 29 Sept (5:00pm – 9:00pm) Team India present a Dandiya night with live band and traditional fashion show, with indoor activities for kids. Venue: Young St, Parramatta. Details 0470 130 891 or email teamindia.au@gmail.com