Harmony Day: Living in harmony, celebrating multiculturalism

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Asha Bhosle on the set of Indian Idol 6
Asha Bhosle on the set of Indian Idol 6

Harmony Day: On 21st March Harmony Day is celebrated across Australia to cherish the cohesive and inclusive nature of the general Australian populace. Harmony Day propagates the message that “Everyone belongs” and reinforces the importance of inclusiveness in and to all Australians. This day is also celebrated in Australian schools to educate the students and help them understand how Australians of different backgrounds live together. It is this multiculturism that makes Australia a special place. Various activities are held across the state and the country to mark this occasion. This includes performances by people from different backgrounds showcasing their cultures and traditions. One such program was organised by Mr Kedarnath Pagaddinnimath, Community Representative, Harmony Reference Group, Ryde at the Top Ryde Shopping Centre on 20th March. This function was attended by Councillor Sarkis Yedellian, Chair Person Ryde Harmony Reference Group and the Mayor of Ryde Jerome Laxale.

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Holi Day: Rang riot

Holi: This Indian festival of colours which is officially celebrated on 23rd March was celebrated on different dates by different groups across different venues in Sydney. On such celebration at the Blacktown (12th & 13th March) was attended by Hon Bill Shorten, The Leader of Opposition, accompanied by Hon Michelle Rowland Shadow Minister for Multiculturalism and Citizenship and Senator Sam Dastyari, Parliamentary Secretary. In his address to the revelling public, Mr Shorten said, “Thank you for inviting me to share in this magnificent celebration. And congratulations to the organisers who have worked so hard to make this event possible. We gather here in a spirit of Rung and Rawnak, colour and joy. May the colours of love and joy rain upon you and your families”. He thanked his parliamentary colleagues and also thanked Harish Velji and Aisha Amjad who helped introduce him to the great Indian community of Sydney. This event was attended by a large number of Indian Australians.

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Gurudwara visit: A tribute to the Sikhs

Gurudwara Visit: The leader of the opposition, Hon Bill Shorten along with the Hon Jason Clare, MP, candidate for Banks Mr Chris Gambian and Harish Velji and Aisha Amjad visited Revesby Gurudwara to pay their respects. In his speech he highlighted the achievements of the Sikhs in Australia. He applauded Rita Kumari for running the Punjabi School and Tarlochan Singh for his long standing commitment to serving in the Langar for many years. He said he was looking forward to the day when Australia would have its first turban wearing politician. He thanked the Revesby Gurudwara Executive Committee members for their generosity and hospitality.

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Asha Bhosle: Songs of the empress

Asha Bhosle Concert: On 14th March, the Sydney Opera House came alive to the scintillating songs crooned by the legendry singer Asha Bhosle. A lady with 70 years of singing history in her kitty enthralled and captivated the audience with her signature zest and zeal that age had not dampened. It was next to impossible to believe that the lady belting out “Ayiye Meherabaa, bhatiye jane jan”, “Churaliya hain tumne jo dil ko”, “Dum maro dum” and “Monica Oh my darling” was more than 80 years old. She wove a mesmerising atmosphere and had the audience singing along, dancing and asking for more. The tour was titled, “Last Empress Farewell Tour”, but as each member of the audience walked out at the end of the 3 hours with her songs on their lips, they hoped that she would be back again with her magic and her masti. Fingers Crossed!!!

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