bhavan weekly



Vol. 7.5, 28 November 2014






*   Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan Australia announces Holi Mahotsav 2015

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Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan Australia announces its annual Holi Mahotsav 2015, the Grand Festival of Harmony and Friendship.

Dates                                        : 28 – 29 March 2015

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bullet 1  Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan Australia supports Inaugural NSW Religious Leaders’ Forum

Minister for Citizenship and Communities Hon. Victor Dominello hosted a meeting of the State’s key religious leaders at NSW Parliament, at which the following joint statement was agreed to by the participants:

As founding members of the NSW Religious Leaders Forum, an initiative of the NSW Government, we have come together today as faith leaders representing different religions to present a unified commitment to community harmony.

We recognise that our freedom as Australians to profess, practice and maintain our religious heritage comes with an equal responsibility to demonstrate our common commitment to Australia, its interests and future.

Contact for More Info: Matt Dawson, Media Adviser, Office of the Hon. Victor Dominello MP

Minister for Citizenship and Communities, Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, and Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Assistant Minister for Education

Mobile: 0427 145 575, Tel: (02) 8574 6600, Parliament:         (02) 9230 3312


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bullet 1  Bhavan’s Cultural Centre, Andheri and Jaya Dayal presents Ghazal Forever

Bhavan’s Cultural Centre, Andheri and Jaya Dayal present Ghazal Forever, a program of Evergreen Ghazals of all the era by Dr Manish Sinha and Jaswinder Singh.


Date and Time: 14 December at 18:30 pm

Venue: Bhavans Cultural Centre, Andheri (SPJIMR HALL), Mumbai, India

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*     Tribal Warrior Boxing Day Sydney to Hobart Cruise

Tribal Warrior organises Boxing Day Sydney to Hobart, BYO Picnic Lunch Cruise. The spectacular environment of Sydney Harbour provides the magnificent location for Sydney’s iconic Sydney to Hobart Yacht race so watch the start in style with our picnic lunchtime cruise. With backdrops such as the Harbor Bridge & Opera House, the perfect venue to see the start of the race as well as the million dollar, 360 degree views!


Tribal Warrior’s 64ft Mari Nawi is the vessel for people to cruise in comfort and follow the start of the race as the yachts set sail for Hobart with large indoor and outdoor ideas as well as bar and bathroom facilities.


Date and Time: 26 December 2014, Boxing Day 11am - 2pm

Tickets: $45 per person

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bullet 1  Bhavan Supports Shen Yun 2015 Sydney Tour

Shen Yun Performing Arts present the world’ most ancient heritage in full color through dance and music. For 5,000 years, China amassed a diverse legacy of heroes, myths, and virtues that still resonate in the present. Shen Yun captures the spirit and grandeur of a culture long lost.


Date and Time: 6-15 February 2015

Venue: Capitol Theatre, 13 Campbell Street, Haymarket NSW 2000

Contact for tickets & More Info: E:,


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*     Essay Competition 2014 Open

Topics; on Relevance of Mahatma Gandhi Today Essay topics:

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

Entries close on 15 June 2014. Prizes will be presented on 2 October 2014 or thereabout.

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bullet 1 Yoga Tips:

Which Asanas Should You Do?


There are many Asanas in vogue day. However, some of them are variations of the traditional Asanas and have been developed for the purpose of demonstrating acrobatic ability. The selection of Asanas is, therefore, very important. A good course of daily Asanas is one which exercises the joints and major muscle groups, like the spinal and abdominal muscles, improves blood circulation, contributes to steadiness and enriches positive experiences.

Asanas have been classified on the basis of certain principles which were approved in 1971 by over 100 Yogis and Yogic practitioners during An All India Conference in Bombay (refer Yoga Today published by McMillan & Co). There are for example the meditative Asanas and the cultural Asanas; fixity of base and an erect spine are the hallmarks of the meditative postures. Cultural Asanas have been classified by modern writers like Shri Yogendraji on the basis of the different ways of exercising the spine and compressing the abdomen. There are also a few Asanas that exercise the extremities and special parts viz Meditative Asanas, Cultural Asanas.

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


bullet 1 Mahatma Gandhi Says:

Always aim at complete harmony of thought and word and deed. Always aim at purifying your thoughts and everything will be well.



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



bullet 1 Bhavan's Membership Program



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.



Publisher and General Editor:

Gambhir Watts;



Editorial Committee:




Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan Australia
Suite 100 / 515 Kent Street,
Sydney NSW 2000

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