The ‘Ironbark lake park‘ at the Ponds, Western Sydney provided a picturesque and a perfect location to the Council of Indian Australians (CIA) for celebrating the Australia Day / Indian Republic Day on January 26, 201`4.
The Council of Indian Australians represents nearly 400,000 members of the Indian community in Australia.
Keeping in mind, the centenary milestone of completion of 100 years by Bollywood – the symbol of the cinematic heritage of the Indian film industry in the year that has just gone by, the CIA chose the theme – “Bollywood Under the Stars” to celebrate the 65th Indian Republic Day and the Australia Day.
It was first of its kind of events organised by any Indian organisation. Being a free family event more than 700 people comprising of Indian and main stream Australians including children attended the event. The event was kicked off at 6 pm with some excellent Bollywood music numbers.
The crowd thoroughly enjoyed the event while the youth and children danced to the tune.
The Ironbark Lake Park @ the Ponds, Western Sydney – Sunday 26th Jan 2014
MP – Member for Riverstone, Kevin Conolly, also attended the function. Speaking on the occasion Conolly commended the excellent work being done by the Council of Indian Australians in bringing both the Indian and Australian cultures together.
“The event provided a good opportunity for both the Indian and Australian cultures to come together and celebrate this unique day in the calendar of both the democracies” said Mohit Kumar, the Event Director.
At 8.30 pm Bollywood film – THE 3 IDIOTS was screened for the audience. More than 22 local businesses sponsored the event. Maya Da Dhaba, the official caterer at the event, provided delicious Indian food at reasonable prices.
The Council of Indian Australians thanked all the businesses and the Ponds Community for making this event a grand success.
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