FAIA celebrates Indian Independence Day with ”˜India Nite’

Folk and Fashion at FAIA’s India Nite all for a good cause

Federation of Australian Indian Associations Inc (FAIA) celebrated an ”˜India Nite’ on Saturday July 28,  2012 at Red Gum Function Centre, Wentworthville. The India Nite event was held in aid of FAIA Benevolent Fund. The fund established by FAIA aims to cater to urgent and specific needs of the local Indian community. It is a registered charity by NSW Govt with DGR status by the Australian Tax Office having fund which has extended support victims of natural disasters such as Tsunami and earthquakes and other unfortunate circumstances.

The India Nite by FAIA was a non-stop presentation of cultural items depicting various states of India ranging from Bharatnatyam to Bhangra by some of the emerging talents as well as established dance groups in Sydney such as Nupur Dance group, Ruchi Sanghi’s Dance Academy, Samskriti Dance Group. The audience was spellbound by the quality of presentation of the cultural items which also included a fashion show presented by Chakshu Fashions for the first time in Australia. The event was ably compered by Astha Rajvanshi and Aparna Vats.

Mrs Neera Srivastava, President of FAIA welcomed the community members and the guests and said,   “In multicultural Australia, Federation of Australian Indian associations was  playing a major role and leadership by positive contribution to Australia while maintaining our cultural identity.”

Hon. Julie Owens MP, represented the Prime Minister of Australia Hon. Julia Gillard MP who congratulated FAIA for its engagement with the community over 12 years. Hon. Geoff Lee MP representing the NSW Premier, Hon. Barry O’ Farrell commended efforts and initiatives of FAIA particularly to the settlement of new migrants and addressing several complex issues of cross section of the growing community, Indian Students, women and seniors.

Mrs Rajalakshmi Viswanathan, Joint Secretary thanked the guests, community members, sponsors, artistes and the volunteers for a successful India Nite event.


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