Actress-producer-politician Khushbu Sundar was invited to be chief guest at Deakin University Indian Club’s (DUIC) Indian Independence Day celebrations event on Tuesday, 15 August
Deakin University’s Deputy Vice Chancellor for Global Engagement Professor Gary Smith and former ministerial adviser Mr Nitin Gupta were the guests of honour at the celebrations, which took place at the University’s Burwood Campus.
Around 300 plus students turned up for the event. Prominent Victorian Indians such as Mr Aravind Putta (Cranbourne Socialite/AIBC); Line Producer Mrs Nithya Remesan (Natya Entertainment); Mr Chinmay Ananda (Author and Pricing Strategist); AFL India Ambassadors – Mrs Nirzari Patel, Mrs Sherry Bali and Mrs Preeti Sharma; Mr Daya Shetty (Kannada Sangh); and significant others also joined in to encourage and support the international students from India.
The event began with the National Anthems of India and Australia. DUIC Founder President Mr Amogh Chakravarthy commenced the welcome address with the iconic word “Mitron”—used in almost all speeches by Prime Minister Narendra Modi—and welcomed the gathering. Amogh also specially thanked Mr Gupta for inviting Khushbu to visit Melbourne.
Khushbu delivered a passionate speech touching on various current issues. She was given a “standing ovation” by the crowd both before and after her speech. The actor did a brief Q and A with students, and also spoke about her own experiences in cinema and politics.
The DUIC executive also planned a surprise for die-hard Khushbu Fan and ex-Deakin student/birthday girl Anne George by getting Khushbu to cut the cake along with Anne.
Khushbu also joined students for lunch after the formal proceedings. She was mobbed for photographs and selfies by the crowd. She did try and oblige everyone to the best of her ability.
Kudos to DUIC executive—President Amogh Chakravarthy, Vice President John C Jacob, Secretary Sunder Ravala and Treasurer Parthiban GB for pulling of a highly successful event.
Earlier, Khushbu also took a detailed tour of Deakin University’s Burwood Campus, explaining that her daughter wanted to study in Melbourne. She also interacted with students and members of the Indian community about studying in Australia. Khushbu also visited the Warnambool Campus of Deakin University.
The DUIC event was sponsored by Vision Super (A not-for-profit superannuation fund). Other supporters for Khushbu’s Melbourne trip include AIFI, Tax on Taurus, Minniti Homes, Augment Group, STORM International (Vamsi), Unite Legal (Lawyers and Consultants), D’Omkara Accountants, Spice Av (Port Melbourne), Sherry Bali Health Life Style Empowerment, Aroma Magic, and significant others.
During her recent Melbourne trip, Khushbu also joined the Indian Independence Day celebrations at Aspendale Gardens organised by Indian Tamil Association of Victoria (ITAV) in the ultra-marginal seat of Carrum; attended the India Day celebrations organised by Australia India Innovations Inc. (AIII) at the Harmony Square, Dandenong; was Chief Guest at India Day breakfast organised in Cranbourne North by Socialite Mrs Anchal Agarwal; and was also key-note speaker at India Day Dinner in Preston organised jointly by Festivals of South Asia Inc. (FOSAI) and India Australia Exchange Forum (IAEF). She also attended various other events across Melbourne and also regional Victoria.