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Vol. 6.13, 7 April 2014




Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan Australia hosts Hamare Sitaron ki Sham (An Evening of our Stars)—Thank You for our Holi Mahotsav Stars

We are hosting ‘Hamare Sitaron ki Sham (‘An Evening of our Stars’) on 27 April, 5-9 pm, to present Certificate of Appreciation to all the performers /stall holders and sponsors of Holi Mahotsav.

Venue has been confirmed and deposit allocated. Over 400 certificates are expected to be presented.

It will be about 4 hours saga with artists, dance schools, stallholders, sponsors and VIPS. We will present video clippings of the two days’ performances of Holi Mahotsav. And we will include 2-3 live performance items mainly singing groups and simple dinner.


Date and Time: 27 April 2014, 5-9 pm. By Invitation Only

Venue: Ryde Civic Centre

Contact: Jessi Flores Sasse, Email:, / 02 92674055


Indian Community Meets New Leadership at the Community Relations Commission

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Continuing the round of community consultations, the new leadership team at the Community Relations Commission, the Chair, Vic Alhadeff and Chief Executive Officer, Hakan Harman, met last night with a broad cross section of the Indian community of New South Wales.

Mr Alhadeff told the gathering: “Indian immigrants have a strong influence in New South Wales and are one of the most qualified body of Australians within our society.

The potential of such a strong body of professionals is an asset to our state in the spirit of the Principles of Multiculturalism as enshrined in our legislation”, he said.

Mr Harman explained the current review process under way within the Commission and called for input from the Indian community.

In answer to a question about the Commission’s engagement with the private sector, Mr Harman reported on steps already undertaken to join and to work with the Diversity Council of Australia so as to bring to bear on the business world the expertise already developed for the public sector in New South Wales.

“The NSW Public Service embraces their responsibility to tailor their services to the needs of a culturally diverse society and to communicate the availability of those services appropriately.”

The need for youth to play a more prominent role in community organisations to ensure continuity of representation was also raised. This has been a continuing theme of community consultations taken so far by the new leadership of the Commission.

Mr Harman told last night’s meeting that the Commission would roll out a comprehensive social media strategy within the next few months to boost its engagement and communication with young people.

Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan Australia supports Literary evening with Prof Abdullah Abu Sayeed Event

Anandadhara Readers Forum in continuation of its cultural journey for last 17 years invited peoples for an Enlightened Literary Evening with Prof Abdullah Abu Sayeed. Prof Abdullah Abu Sayeed is Founder of Bishwo Sahityo Kendra, Writer, Philosopher, Ramon Magsaysay Award winner and a TV Presenter. Limited stock of books by Abdullah Abu Sayeed is available for sale on first come first serve basis.  

Date and Time: Saturday, 12th April 2014, 6:30 - 8:30 pm

Venue: EPPING Baptist Church, 5 Ray Road

Contact for Tickets & More Info: Srimanta, 0412 554 674,  0403 256 451, 0434 167 358, (02) 975 888 00, (02) 9745 6903; Anandadhara, 0412 554 674 / 02 9758 8800 

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Madhuram Academy of Performing Arts and Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan Australia  present Sydney Dance Festival

Madhuram Academy of Performing Arts (MAPA) and Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan Australia organise, Sydney Dance Festival for the first time in Sydney bringing international and local artists together in a two day festival dedicated to the classical forms of Indian dance. 9 artists from India; Odissi artists from Calcutta and Bhubaneswar, Sattriya artists from Assam, Kathak artists from Delhi,  Kuchipudi artist from Hyderabad and Bharath Natyam from Chennai will perform at the Sydney Dance Festival.

The festival is dedicated to different forms of classical dance that originate from Bengal, Northern India, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh etc. Sydney Dance Festival aims to encourage participation by local dancers and dance schools in conjunction with eminent young artistes who are at the forefront of their respective dance forms from India.

Discount: Special Offer for Bhavan Patrons, 20% discount on all tickets excluding the Reserved Tickets

Date and Time: Saturday, 19 April 2014 & Sunday, 20 April 2014, 12 pm to 8 pm

Venue: Everest Theatre, Seymour Centre, Sydney

Contact for Tickets & More Info: Kalpana Sriram, M: 0411 015 396, Hamsa Venkat, M: 0404 365 608; M: Aruna lyengar, 0403 394 113; Santha Sampath, M: 9893 7729; Devi Bala, M:  9706 7354;, Facebook:,

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1. Social Responsibility OR, 2. World Peace OR, 3. Environment OR 4. Non-Violence in Action OR, 5. Human Rights

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History of Asanas

The first indication of body-culture in Yoga is to be traced through the word Asana (posture) and Pranayama (the regulation, conservation and control of bio-energy). But, since we are concerned primarily with postures, let us go to its origins. This involves not only how posture training came to be regarded as a physical requisite for Yoga, but also how its later development aided the most comprehensive evolution of hygieology, namely physical training, hygiene, social medicine and therapeutics.

Asana is recognised by Yoga as the primal requisite for the development of the physical, moral, mental or spiritual aspects of a man’s personality. The relevance of this description is becoming more and more evident each day with the emphasis being laid in recent times by medical science on the need for correct posture as an aid to physical as well as mental well-being.

The history of body posture, however, goes back even earlier than the days of Patanjali for, after all, he merely systematized all the information which had been handed down by previous generations. There are various references in the Vedas, Brahmanas, Aranyakas and the earlier Upanishads, which indicate that the practices must have already been in existence prior to their being noted in these textual references.

It must be understood that the ancient Yogins had the time and patience necessary to investigate fully and personally the varied influences of these postures on individual beings. They must have also further scrutinised their relative merits by analytical comparisons and thus formulated, after years of research, a complete course of posture training best suited to students of self-culture. Such few early postures, mostly meditative poses, in turn passed through a series of modifications and additions before the whole system of physical education was finally perfected by the early students of scientific Yoga, the Ha Hathayogins.

In the evolution of Asana and its synthesis, besides the original prayer and meditative poses, certain other postures have also been included, which have been found to be definitely useful in the development of the physical and meditative aspects of the individual’s personality. To their static usefulness have been added a series of dynamic variations with a view to enlarging their scope of application and also to meeting the varied requirements of all classes of students. The influence of Asanas on many vital physiologic functions has been tested on thousands of students and patients for long.

Reference:  Cyclopaedia Yoga Vol I by Dr Jayadeva Yogendra, The Yoga Institute, Mumbai, India 



Description: bullet 1 Mahatma Gandhi Says:

Prayer is not asking. It is a longing of the soul. It is daily admission of one's weakness. It is better in prayer to have a heart without words than words without a heart.



Bhavan Australia supports the following organisations :


Art Gallery of NSW

Soka Gakkai International Australia

Asia Link

Sunnataram Forest Buddhist Monastery

Australia India Institute

Sydney Community Foundation

Bhavan Cares

Sydney Peace Foundation

Brahma Kumaris

The Great Synagogue Sydney

International Centre of Nonviolence Australia

The Sydney Institute

Islamic Foundation for Education & Welfare

Vedanta Centre of Sydney


White Ribbon Foundation

(Action against Domestic Violence)

MEFF – Multicultural Eid Festival & Fair



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Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan Australia will be issuing Membership Cards to all the Members. We are organizing special discounts/promotions offered by various organisations including Dance and Music Schools, Yoga Centers, etc.


All members will be able to avail the following benefits on production of the Membership Card:


- 15% Discount on all Bhavan Australia's Ticketed Events.


- A Membership Card to all Bhavan Australia Members to avail special discounts at events supported by Bhavan Australia, where applicable.