The 75th anniversary of India’s Independence Day, Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav was celebrated with fervor and enthusiasm in Sydney, Australia. The Consulate General of India in Sydney (CGI) organized the flag hoisting ceremony at the Consulate premises. Consul General Manish Gupta unfurled the tricolor and read the President’s address. The official celebration was followed by some cultural performances. As part of the cultural performances, patriotic songs were performed by various artists and Indian classical dance Bharatnatyam performed by the Rasika Dance Academy. Light refreshments were also served after the event. The event brought together more than 200 guests. To mark the occasion, a huge party was thrown at the prestigious ‘The Powerhouse Museum, Sydney. The grand celebration at the Powerhouse Museum had the gracious presence of Governor, Margaret Beazley AC QC &. Dennis Wilson, Governor of New South Wales, incumbent Ministers, Federal and NSW MPs, Mayors, Councillors, Consular Corps and distinguished guests from all walks of life.
Charkha and Kargha – an exhibition dedicated to Indian textiles
It also features the India-supported Charkha and Kargha exhibition in Australia (Consulate General of India, Sydney) showcasing the rich heritage of Indian textiles. The evening celebrations began with the lighting of the lamp by the dignitaries followed by the singing of the national anthems of India and Australia. The evening was graced by the vibrant performance of Bharatanatyam by the representatives of Kalashree Dance Academy, Sydney and conceptualized Dhanashree Karandikar. The grace and elegant movements in classical synchronization gave a faithful reflection of the marvelous classical dance that Bharatnatyam has evolved from the beautiful state of Tamilnadu with the evolved heritage of over 2000 years.
To complement the rich heritage of Indian textiles known for their exquisite outlook that is both vibrant and elegant, its dedicated textile exhibition was curated by the prestigious Powerhouse Museum reflecting the saga of diverse Indian culture inspiring the evolution of Indian textiles. The exhibition, aptly named “Charkha & Kargha” meaning spinning wheel and loom, features over 100 rare items dating back to the 16th century from the core collection of the Powerhouse Museum. The exhibition also uniquely showcases the evolved status of Indian textiles through the exquisite collection of fabrics such as silk, cotton, khadi, linen and jute donated by the Ministry of Textiles, Government of India on the occasion. by Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav. The exhibition also features a live demonstration of looms by national award-winning master weavers from a city older than history Banaras & Pochampalli. These master weavers are Naseem Ahmed, Tauseef Ahmed, Ramesh Thadaka (National Loom Award), Yadagiri Paladi. These weavers are known for producing world-class fabrics with their unparalleled craftsmanship and are also known for the dedication of generations.
Inspired by the exhibition, a dedicated segment highlighting the rich heritage of Indian sons named “Viraasati Dhaage” showcased various states of India, actively contributed by the Sydney-based Indian community.
All of these events and the occasion culminated when the Indian tricolor in all its majestic splendor rolled out at the iconic Sydney Opera House and proudly celebrated Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav. A unique gesture from the NSW Government and Prime Minister Dominic Perrottet, Culture Minister and Consul General Manish Gupta accepted the gesture and conveyed his gratitude to the NSW Government.
This year was very special because of ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’ and was warmly celebrated by the state and federal government of Australia. In the Sydney area, all leading town councils such as Parramatta, Blacktown, Wollongong, Strathfield, Ryde, Ku-ring-gai held flag-raising ceremonies in August attended by Indian community residents. It is a reflection of the growing Indian aspirations and the glory of the Indian diaspora which has contributed constructively to the multicultural ethos of Australian society and formed a strong bridge between India and Australia.