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INDAUS Inc Celebrates Australia Day & Indian Republic Day at Ryde Civic Centre Sydney

The Indian Australian Association of NSW Inc (INDAUS Inc.) Celebrated Australia Day and Indian
 Republic Day on Sunday 27 January 2013 with a style and a class of its own. A large gathering of 400+people filled the Ryde Civic Centre Sydney to capacity.

Political and government dignitaries included federal parliament members Hon.Laurie Ferguson
(Werriwa) representing the Federal Government, Hon. John Alexander (Bennelong) representing the
Hon. Tony Abbott MP, the leader of the Federal Opposition and Hon.Philip Ruddock (Berowra).

                          Hon.Geoff Lee                            Hon.Laurie Ferguson                      Hon.Matt Kean                          Hon.John Alexander

Geoff Lee, Member for Parramatta, represented Premier of NSW, Hon Barry O’Farrell. Hon.Greg
 Smith,Attorney General & Minister for Justice and Hon.David Clarke,Parliamentary Secretary were
 present there too. The Minister for Communities and Citizenship, Hon. Victor Dominello, was
 represented by Matt Kean, Member for Hornsby and Guy Zangari, Member for Fairfield, represented
Leader of NSW Opposition, Hon John Robertson. Other MPs and dignitaries included Kevin Conolly,
Member for Riverstone, Dominic Perrottet, Member for Baulkham Hills, CRC Chair and CEO, Hon
Stephan Kerkyasharian, Indian Consul General, Arun Kumar Goel, Mayor John Chedid from
Parramatta, Mayor Ivan Petch from Ryde, Mayor Ross Grover from Holroyd, Mayor Michelle Byrne
from Baulkham Hills, Councilor Karlo Siljeg, representing Blacktown Mayor and Councilor Raj Datta
from Strathfield Council.

                    Dr.Stepan Kerkyasharian AO, Chairperson of the Community Relations Commission of NSW  & his wife

Guests were entertained to a welcoming Shennai instrumental music, which was played during the
arrival of the guests.
The proceedings started with a short introduction by the event coordinator Mr. Abhilash Narendran in
 which he highlighted the importance of the Australia Day and the Indian Republic Day. He then
introduced the president of the Indian Australian Association of NSW, Dr Yadu Singh, who also played
the role of the MC. He officially welcomed all the attendees. He said it was indeed gratifying to see a
large cross section of the Indian and Australian community  attend this event.

The national anthems of Australia and India were presented followed by common Australia folklore Waltzing Matilda by Legendary Slim Dusty that was well received by the audience.

Several dignitaries delivered a series of brief official speeches. The list included Hon. Greg Smith, Hon.
Laurie Ferguson, John Alexander, Geoff Lee, Matt Kean, Guy Zangari, Stephan Kerkyasharian and Arun
 Kumar Goel.Almost all the speakers dwelt on the similarities of Australia and India in multiple ways.
They all wished for the improvement in bilateral relations between the two countries and wished India
in its march towards progressive development in society, culture and industry. They all praised the
good work the team led by Dr Yadu Singh have been doing with and before INDAUS formation.

In his brief address, INDAUS Inc. President, Dr. Yadu Singh informed that the Indian community in
Australia is of a significant size, constituting 2% of Australian population, and is keen to play its role. A
briefly mention was made about what INDAUS team has been doing. He outlined that INDAUS Inc. is
going to stay out of the annoying race to “give awards”, which is so prevalent with every other
association in the community. He outlined the resolve of INDAUS Inc. to bring “India House” project to
fruition, while working with all groups, associations and community in a smarter and efficient way.

A multicultural mix of entertainment was the highlight of the event. At the commencement, Ruchi 
Sanghi’s Group performed Kathak dances, followed by The Flamenco dancers providing a gutsy and
excellent show in which a team of two women and one man entertained the gathering with a series of
Flamenco dances. The main highlight of the evening was of course the Islanders’ dances. A group of
five drummers and eight dancers from the Cook Islands mesmerized the audience by a series of
superbly crafted intensive dances. They were so good that attendees could not refuse the request to
participate in some of these cultural dances to the audience’s delight.

This event was supported by several media and business groups. Cricket NSW donated NSW Blues
Team cricket bat, which was auctioned.Business groups donated several raffle prizes for the occasion.
Details will be posted in INDAUS Inc. website soon.

A souvenir was released to commemorate this event.Generous support in the shape of sponsorships
by many business organizations was acknowledged.

Mr. Anil Sharma, INDAUS Inc. Treasurer, proposed a vote of thanks in which he thanked and
appreciated all those involved in making this celebration possible in a short time frame.

Renowned and popular caterer,Ajay Raj from Maya da Dhaba, as usual, dished out a superb Indian
meal with excellent entrée dishes.

Overall the Australia Day & Indian Republic Day celebrations organized by the Indian Australian
Association of NSW Inc. were splendidly successful and rewarding for the organizers and the audience.
We received several excellent comments from the attendees for a well-organized great Indian
community function.

The special points, separating INDAUS Inc. from others and proving again that it is an association with
difference, included their Multicultural entertainment, large numbers comprising predominantly of
 younger people [75%], huge political presence and staying away from “Giving award” phenomenon
which is so prevalent among other associations.

The executive committee of INDAUS Inc. is very grateful to the Indian community, businesses, media
and others at large for their strong support and commitment to the organization. They will like
members of the community to join them to help deliver projects for the community.

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