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Visakhians of NSW Welcome Spring with a Rhapsody of Colour By Sharmila J Niriella – Photos by Thanuja Wijesekara of Eye & the Beauty Photography

It was indeed a glorious night when Visakhians, their families and friends gathered together for a night of fun, laughter, dancing and a whole lot of catching up.

The family night aptly named “”Spring Time Rhapsody” to welcome the season was organized by the newly registered association: Visakhians of NSW.

Undoubtedly the hues of spring colours chosen to adorn the Cherrybrook community Centre pumped up the party vibe of the night.

Neil, DJ extraordinaire, spun a variety of popular music to keep the guests gyrating on the dance floor through the night permitting them to break away  only to savour the delicacies served by Golden Lion Caterers.

The MC of the night Dasni kept the crowd engaged and entertained while Thanuja of Eye & the Beauty Photography captured special moments of the night.

Spring Time Rhapsody, the night dedicated for families turned out to be a beautiful night of prizes, surprises, delicious food and mystifying sounds.

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Little Heroes of Randeniya – Photos from Book Launch –
Photos by Pubudu Dissanayake

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Book Launch of Little Heroes of Randeniya, an adenture novella by Mrs.Thalatha Wijerathna was held on September 8th, at Metro Inn – Ryde, NSW.

Guests: Dr. Leonard Pinto (guest speaker), Dr Gnanatilaka Hewa-Gamage (The President Writers Guild of the SCF), Mr. Bhupen Thakker (Indian poet and writer living in Sydney).

Photographer: Pubudu Dissanayake

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Thursday night is Street Food Night at the Walawwa – Story and pics: Marie Pietersz, Melbourne

 

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Thursday night is Street Food Night at the Walawwa

Thursday night is Street Food Night at the Walawwa

Thursday night is Street Food Night at the Walawwa

Thursday night is Street Food Night at the Walawwa

Thursday night is Street Food Night at the Walawwa

The Walawwa “The Bungalow” Restaurant and Bar at Sandown Regency, 477 Princes Highway, Noble Park, is seeing a resurgence in popularity under the capable management of Walter Perumal and his team. Walter is a patient listener when it comes to discussing  potential clients’ complex needs and nothing is too much trouble in his attempts to accommodate and cater for events to suit the customer. Team members Chef Saman and Food and Beverages Manager, Suranga, will make sure your appetite is satisfied and your thirst is quenched. 

Friday to Sunday are busiest for private functions at the Walawwa, but Manager Walter has created a special theme night for walk-in guests, so Sri Lankan food lovers can kick off their weekends earlier – on Thursdays – and eat out at the Walawwa, and for that he promises you a  Street Food Night when the Walawwa dedicates its catering to Sri Lankan village cuisine, the only one of its kind in Melbourne. 

On the deguatation menu you will find mouth-watering Sri Lankan fare. Main meals include hoppers, pittu and babath (tripe), kothu roti, egg roti, pol (coconut) roti, parathas and stringhoppers, served with the usual complementary accompaniments and your choice of curries of either chicken, beef, pork, mutton (goat) and fish – all for the very affordable price of $15 and under. Desserts like wattalappan and creme caramel will cool you down after your hot and spicy dinner. You can BYO wine, but spirits and soft drinks can be purchased at reasonable bar prices.

 

Although Thursday night caters for walk-in diners, bookings are recommended from the full house I encountered on my recent visit. It appears Street Food Night is gaining popularity from reviews about the delicious food at affordable prices and ample servings to be had.  Friendly staff and efficient service add to a pleasant dining experience, and speculative diners are now trying out this Noble Park restaurant, joining regulars to check out what makes Thursday nights at the Walawwa so popular.

 

So unplug yourself from the day-to-day work routine, leave your late night shopping for Fridays and go and tantalise your tastebuds with family and friends on Thursdays at the Walawwa. Join the Sri Lankan food lovers set at either the first sitting from 7.00-8.30 pm or the second from 8.30-10.00 pm. Call 9548 2798 for more information or to make a booking.

 

Restaurant and function centre

The Walawwa is the place for tasty eastern/western food at reasonable prices. Great ambience and venue for celebratory occasions and dances, and offers two function rooms.  The downstairs room can seat 130 people and the venue can be configured and decorated to fit the occasion, serving both buffet and a la carte. You can pick from a variety of live music options. It is open from 10am-10pm. 

 

For your next function, consider the Walawwa and call 0424 299 226 and discuss your needs with Walter.

 

Other services offered by the Walawwa are:

Friday nights buffet with live music, $25 pp, 7.30 pm-10 pm

Weekends lunch buffet $18 pp 12 noon-4 pm

Cafe opens week days for lunch until 4 pm – choose from tasty snacks to mini buffet to village fare (game kema) for $10-12 pp.

 

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Abirami Natya Shestra School of Dance – Concert 2018 – Photos thanks to RoyGrafix

Abirami Natya Shestra School of Dance presented its fourth annual dance showcase on the 28th of July 2018. Director of Abirami Natya Shestra, Mrs Meera Joy, orchestrated an incredible night of performances at Werrington Corr Community Hall in Sydney.

Enthusiastic audience members at the event showed their support and enjoyed every performance.  

Director Mrs Meera Joy inaugurated the event alongside Mr Vishal Prajapati, Father Mathew and Penrith’s Deputy Mayor, Councillor Tricia Hitchen by the lighting of the lamp ceremony.

Abirami Natya Shestra’s program announcer for the evening was Chinnu Jose who did a brilliant job introducing every performer. The evening celebrated classic Bharatanatyam, Semi-classical and Indian fusion dances.

The night of outstanding performances began with Domina Augustine’s Pushpanjali followed by the Oriental Examination Board London (OEBL) presentation ceremony. Students of Abirami Natya Shestra were recognised for passing their OEBL level 1 and were given medals.  Later on in the evening Glorian Muralitharan gave a vote of thanks to all attendees and chief guests.
The following students of Abirami Natya Shestra delivered incredible performances: Emey Sara Ginu, Joanna Jins, Snigdha Nishani, Isabella George, Angel Sara Ginu, Yugalsri Nadamuri, Geosera Muralitharan, Domina Augustine, Neelima Menakath, Snikitha Nishani, Monica Maria Paramundayil, Sudeepthi Kanta, Sanya Shina, Airen Jeremih Roy, Rhys Zac Joseph, Misha Jithin, Aleena Alex, Ann Mary Thomas, Annet Sijo, Smitha Dickson, Hema Rinto, Irine jins, Jaimy Jose, Katya McLearie, Kavitha Sheen, Maegan Mathews, Naiji Thomas, Olivia Chandy and Sheeja Shine.

Students of Jeeva Elyathamby also performed during the evening.

Abirami Natya Shestra School of Dance held an award ceremony at the end of the evening in recognition of all students. Every participant received a certificate and trophy recognising their dedication and hard work.

All great movements colourfully captured by Roy Gunaratne of RoyGrafix.

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Abirami Natya Shestra School of Dance – Concert 2018

Abirami Natya Shestra School of Dance – Concert 2018

Abirami Natya Shestra School of Dance – Concert 2018

Abirami Natya Shestra School of Dance – Concert 2018

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Sri Lankan bridal designer launches Indian collection – Story: Marie Pietersz, Melbourne, Photos: courtesy of Savishaus

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Sav Jainudeen chose India Day celebrations at the Mint-O-Mustard Indian Restaurant, Docklands, on 17 August, to launch a preview of her Indian collection, ahead of her full showing at the Brides of Asia Melbourne show on 18 August.

Amidst the riot of colour and array of the costumes worn by guests, this Sri Lankan designer captured the essence of Indian couture with her runway designs, which stood out with the Savish hallmark of beauty and elegance. 

A spokesperson for Festivals of South Asia Inc, organisers of the Brides of Asia, Melbourne show, said they couldn’t wait to unleash some of the masterpiece sarees and bridal flower pieces by favourite Sri Lankan Bridal Designer, savishaus.

Petite and pretty, Sav is fast gaining a reputation as the darling of Sri Lankan bridal couture, with invitations from many South Asian bridal show organisers to preview her collections at their events. 

Savish’s latest launch was in Perth, Western Australia, adding to her expansion in Colombo, Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Canberra, Brisbane and New Zealand.

Also celebrating India’s 72nd Independence Day were special guest speakers Matthew Guy MP, Leader of the Victorian State Opposition and Inga Peulich MP, Shadow Minister for Multicultural Affairs, who encouraged guests, who are migrants like themselves, to take up positions in the community to help shape Australia. 

Dilki Perera, President of the Australia-Sri Lanka Business Council was also there to support designer daughter, Sav, and to announce her initiative, the Miss Australia-Sri Lanka Pageant, which will again take place on 16 September this year, and to invite potential participants to take advantage of this platform of opportunity and training.

Savish is able to produce and supply all your Sri Lankan wedding needs, from traditional Sri Lankan Kandyan wedding sarees and groom’s national and Nilame outfits, to a draping service, hire of traditional jewellery, hair and make-up and flower bouquets. Savish also welcomes and caters for South Asian customers. 

For more information and to enquire about the on-trend services Savish can provide for your traditional nuptials, visit her Facebook page facebook.com/savishaus/ where your enquiries will typically be responded to within the hour.

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Photos from Catalina Country Club, Koggala, Sri Lanka: Information Morning – Sydney – 19th August 2018

Click here or on the Photos below to view the full set of photos from the Catalina Country Club, Koggala, Sri Lanka: Information Morning held at the Killara Golf Club in Sydney on 19th August 2018 – Presented by Jeevan William.

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MEGA-STARS, MAZEDAAR, MUSIC, MASTI & MAGIC MARKED MELBOURNE’S TELSTRA BOLLYWOOD DANCE COMPETITION 2018

14 August, 2018

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  • Telstra supports the iconic event for the 6th year at Melbourne’s Federation Square
  • Winning dance acts LAKS Dance Crew, C Walk, and Fusion Beats wowed judges with their engaging performances
  • “Thank you, Telstra for inviting me! It is wonderful to see such large numbers turning out today.” said celebrity judge Malaika Arora.

Australia’s most loved Bollywood event, the 6th Annual Telstra Bollywood Dance Competition (TBDC), part of Indian Film Festival of Melbourne (IFFM), drew thousands to Melbourne’s Federation Square on Saturday, 11 August 2018 with returning judge Bollywood superstar Malaika Arora, joined by Bollywood heavyweights Nikkhil Advani and Avtar Panesar to judge all the Bollywood dancing action from 31 dance groups.

The Telstra Bollywood Dance Competition immediately followed the emotional Indian Independence Day Flag Hoisting Ceremony, with India’s most celebrated actress and queen of Bollywood, Rani Mukerji hoisting the flag in front of thousands of Indian Australians and people from the subcontinent diaspora.

Winning acts LAKS Dance Crew, C Walk and Fusion Beats wowed judges with their slick, polished performances and crowd engagement and each won $1,000 prize courtesy of Telstra.

Celebrity judge Malaika Arora said, “I’d like to thank Telstra for inviting me and my co-judges here today to judge the Telstra Bollywood Dance Competition. It is wonderful to see such large numbers of people coming to support their favourite group.”

Celebrity judge Fusion Beats said, “As someone who grew up outside of India, it is heartening to see Indian culture alive here in Australia. I see a lot of myself in these kids as they are embracing the language and culture.”

Jeremy Nicholas, Executive Director, Brand, Consumer, Business Marketing, Telstra said, “Telstra is excited and proud to connect with the South Asian community for the sixth year by supporting Australia’s most loved Bollywood event – the iconic Telstra Bollywood Dance Competition. As always, we were extremely impressed by the calibre of performances – every year the bar is set even higher.”

Fans in Australia and around the world who could not attend tuned in to watch the action streamed live and free on the IFFM Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/IndianFilmFestivalOfMelbourne/videos/1961085707303970/ . The stream attracted over 17,000 viewers over the day.

“Telstra is delighted that so many fans in Australia and around the world were able to use the nation’s largest and fastest mobile network to livestream the event as if they were really there.”

“We know how important data is for Bollywood and dance fans wanting to stream their favourite content online. This is why we have said alvida to excess data charges on a number of our new mobile plans for use in Australia.”

Now on Australia’s best mobile network, customers can get 30GB for $69/mth with no excess data charges in Australia when you bring your own compatible phone. Min cost $828 on a 12 month BYO plan. Visit telstra.com/alvida

During this year’s TBDC, fans could also participate by sending an SMS for their favourite acts and had the opportunity to ask our celebrity Bollywood judges questions throughout the competition. Over 4100 SMS votes were cast by fans and the winners on the day were:

  • Adult – LAKS Dance Crew
  • Pre-Teen – C Walk
  • People’s Choice – Fusion Beats

The Telstra Bollywood Dance Competition features dance performers wearing vibrant colours and traditional South Asian and Bollywood inspired costumes, captivating the audience. Competitors were judged on choreography, technique, costumes, music and props.

Watch the Telstra Bollywood Dance Competition 2018 here: https://www.facebook.com/IndianFilmFestivalOfMelbourne/videos/1961085707303970/

 

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About the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne (IFFM): The Indian Film Festival of Melbourne was established in 2012 as an initiative of the Victorian Government. It is Australia’s biggest annual celebration of Indian cinema. This unique cultural event celebrates the diversity of the world’s largest film industry, from record-breaking blockbusters to genre-defying art-house hits.

For more information, please visit: http://www.iffm.com.au/index.html

 

About Telstra: Telstra is Australia’s leading telecommunications and information services company, offering a full range of communications services and competing in all telecommunications markets. 

For more information, please visit: https://www.telstra.com.au/

 

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Oh What A 70’s Josephian Night – Story: Marie Pietersz, Melbourne ; Photographs: courtesy Bryan Perera et al

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The Josephines’ Club of Australia Inc held its 2018 mid-year soiree at the Sacred Heart Church Hall, Oakleigh, on Saturday, 7th July, in true hippy 70’s style.

The Josephines’ theme-oriented mid-year functions are always a sell-out because of patron feedback that they are “fun”, represent “value for money” and provide “superb food and decor” and this reputation is spreading. In the past five years the dress-up themes have included Sri Lankan, Rock ‘n’ Roll, Back to School, Bollywood and the Groovy 70’s. 

Once again this year’s event was a load of fun and you could be forgiven for thinking you were back in the 70’s or on a 70’s movie set, with a roomful of 255 guests, all dressed in costumes from this era – famous bell bottoms, Annette Funicello sunglasses, peace pendants, glamorous beehive and Afro hairdo’s, hippy headbands, loud shirts and flower-power chains and accessories. Past pupils travelled from Queensland and NSW for the event.

In its very popular format, the soiree commenced with the entrance of the newest Royal, Megan Markel, a.k.a. Committee member and MC, Delreen Cramer, with her hilarious send-up of the Duchess of Sussex, attracting loud cheers.  Music from the 70’s was provided by DJ Jeremy Ekanayake, with Jolly J’s catering serving up their usual sumptuous food. 

The highlight of the evening was the fancy dress competition. With so many beautifully dressed people, the judges had a hard job choosing the winner, with Tessa Meyn (Queensland) and Shirin Arulanandam (Victoria) crowned equal female winners and Hamish Scully the unanimous male winner.

President Danielle Gunatilaka provided an insight into the club, its activities and the causes it supports:

“St Joseph’s Convent, Sri Lanka, as it was previously known, is now a government school and barely receives funding from the government. In fact the government is only able to pay the teachers’ salaries. These dances are a way to fund-raise to help keep the school functioning on a day-to-day basis. 

“The St Josephine Australian chapter was instituted in 1997 by a small group of past pupils with a present membership of 160. The club is always on the look-out for more past pupils to join for a mere membership fee of $10 per annum. 

 “The club holds three events per year: a major end-of-year dinner dance, a mid-year dance and a celebratory lunch at the Feast of St Joseph. 

“Monies raised from these events go to fund school projects in whatever area we have learned requires funding. This year we are concentrating on an electronic whiteboard and much needed refurbishments of the toilets. We have funded the stocking up of brand new books for the whole of the Junior School Library. We have funded the refurbishment of the St Joseph’s statue to continue the element of it being a Catholic school. We have upgraded the school band with instruments such as trumpets, saxophones, drums, music stands and band uniforms.

“Every year we send funds for St. Joseph’s Feast day in Sri Lanka to give the 2200 children in school a treat on this significant day. This year also saw us contribute $500 to the Children’s Cancer Ward (in SL) in dire need of milk powder. We also support an Australian charity each year with a donation of $500. We are currently in discussion with authorities of the school re sponsorship of a couple of underprivileged girls attending the school in regards to their school fees, school books and uniforms. 

“If finances permit more could be done. Attending our functions means you are helping us to help. Thank you for your past support and please support our worthy cause with your presence at our future events. Next year’s mid-year dance will definitely be themed again, so we do hope you will attend and join the dress-up for a night of fun.”

The club is to be congratulated on such a tremendous philantropic effort from such a small organisation.

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Old Joes Hopper lunch a treat –
Photos and write up thanks to George Rupesinghe

 

Once again the hopper lunch on Sunday July 29 at the North Epping Bowling Club proved a resounding success with a sell-out occasion. All those gathered enjoyed the usual camaraderie, the chance to catch up with friends, enjoy drinks and, most importantly, feast on the spread of hoppers, egg hoppers, pol sambol, curries and seeni sambol.

After the bar opened there was a steady stream of those wishing to wet their whistles and raise a glass or two. The proceedings got under way with Quizmaster Aubrey Joachim conducting a twenty-question trivia quiz that ranged from College history and personalities to recent sport and other things in between. Young and old were kept on their toes and the winning team emerged with a score of 17. A great effort!

Kumarika and her team were kept busy and once the first trays appeared on the serving tables a steady line of diners showed that their appetites were keen. The trays were replenished as fast as they were emptied. Many went for seconds and the smiles of satisfaction were further enhanced with the serving of desserts.

 

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