Report by FIAN team
Federation of Indian Associations of NSW (FIAN) organised a hugely successful INDIA DAY 2017 to celebrate Indian Independence Day in Parramatta Park on Saturday, 12 August, 2017. This was FIAN’s 3rd such celebration, starting from 2015. INDIA DAY has now become an iconic event, popularity of which is unmatched. Hard work involved in seeking sponsorships and promotion of the event by the FIAN team led by Dr Yadu Singh paid off handsomely.
Several ministers, MPs, MLCs, Councillors, community leaders, representatives from Indian media, and SBS were present there. NSW Ministers, Ray Williams and Matt Kean, spoke highly about the contributions of Indian Australians and congratulated them for the 70th anniversary of India’s Independence. Similarly, Julie Owens, Parramatta MP, Michelle Rowland, Greenway MP and Jodi Mckay, Strathfield MP spoke glowingly about India and Indian Australian community. Consul General of India in Sydney, Mr B. Vanlalvawna, addressed the gathering with the feeling of patriotism, pride and appreciation about the INDIA DAY celebration and the community. FIAN president, Dr Yadu Singh, thanked the team for their hard work and expressed his pride not only in his Indian heritage, but also his Australian identity. Jai Hind and Jai Australia were his slogans, which were loved not only by the crowd, but were also covered by SBS national news that evening.
Support from NSW Government (Multicultural NSW), City of Parramatta Council, Best and Less Travel, Western Union, Parramatta Park, Union Bank of India, Bathla Group, YuppTV, VFS Global, Indian Link Media Group, Air India, Sharma’s Kitchen, ABC Print Shop Toongabbie of John Niven, Bank of Baroda, Desi Australia and many other sponsors (check FIAN website) made it possible for FIAN to deliver INDIA DAY 2017 in a grand manner. Cultural director, Kumar Madappa, delivered a class entertainment programme, which culminated in a spectacular fireworks. An added attraction was two fully paid return tickets to India provided by Best and Less Travel, which were won by two of the attendees.
The weather was glorious and the atmosphere was full of patriotism, pride and festivity. INDIA DAY has become a key event of not only Indian Australians but also of the multicultural communities in Western Sydney.
FIAN team is pleased with the success of INDIA DAY 2017 and grateful to everyone including sponsors and Media for their support and promotion of, and presence in the event.
FIAN is an Umbrella organisation of multiple Indian community associations, and is involved in multitude of community activities. FIAN’s networking, reach and relevance in the community is unmatched. They have a series of activities lined up for the rest of the year and beyond. INDIA DAY 2018 will be even bigger and better, with the possible attendance of an Indian celebrity in the event. FIAN urges community groups to network and work with them for the common goals.