By SAT News Desk
MELBOURNE, 17 July 2021: The Australia India Institute (AII) will observe this year its annual India Week from 9-15 August, to mark India’s 75th year of independence starting on 15 August 2021. The annual event this year will showcase contemporary Indian culture, thought, politics and society. There are 19 online events that are aimed at strengthening the bonds of friendship between Australia and India.
Participants are required to register for the individual live and in-person programs at the AII website – https://www.aii.unimelb.edu.au/indiaweek2021/. Some of the events are as follows:
Art Exhibition – Indian Australian Artists: Folklore on Monday, 9 August – Sunday, 15 August; 12 pm – 6 pm (AEST): This group art exhibition, Folklore by Indian Australian Artists, captures the numerous aspects of the Indian folk culture, including tales, music, dance, legends, oral history, popular beliefs, and customs. This art exhibition is a means to connect the broader Australian community to the cultural folklores of India. No need to register – simply visit us at 147/149 Barry St, Carlton.
Webinar – India Week Official Launch: Australia & India in Partnership; Tuesday, 10 August 2:00 pm (AEST) / 9:30 am (IST): You will hear from a number of distinguished guests from India and Australia as they discuss the Australia and India education relationship and its future outlook, the Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement (CECA) under the Comprehensive Strategic Partnership (CSP) between India and Australia, and the bilateral partnership from educational, political, media and corporate perspectives.
Webinar – Stories of Indigenousness: Land and Belonging; Tuesday, 10 August 6:30 pm (AEST) / 2:00 pm (IST): Excavating narratives from the Adivasis in India and the Aboriginal peoples in Australia, whose stories are underrepresented in media and culture in this “modern age”. Who do these lands truly belong to, and what can India and Australia learn from each other about their seemingly similar indigenous inhabitants? Join us for this special discussion, hosted by Belongg.
Live Podcast – Gender & Security in Asia – Wednesday, 11 August 3:30 pm (AEST) / 11:00 am (IST): In Asia, discussions, and policies concerning conflict, peace and security remain dominated by male voices and views. This live Asia Rising podcast recording, hosted by La Trobe University, will explore the importance of involving women in Asian security conversations and what can be done to ensure greater gender diversity.
Webinar – Literature, Political Writings & Influence on the Indian Freedom Struggle – Thursday, 12 August 2:30 pm (AEST) / 10:00 am (IST): This panel discussion will focus on Indian literature and political writings and their importance in the Indian freedom struggle. The discussion will broadly cover political writings, fiction: novels and poetry, women writers. Hosted in collaboration with Australia India Institute, Delhi, and the Daily Milap.
Webinar – Multiculturalism and the Creation of an Anti-Racist Society – Thursday, 12 August 6:30 pm (AEST) / 2:00 pm (IST): India and Australia are both countries with long histories of cultural assimilation; how can such multiculturalism lead to vibrant societies and how can a vibrant society, in turn, foster more multiculturalism? In this session, hosted by Belongg, our panelists will delve into what anti-racism and diversity truly mean, and how literature molds these realities while simultaneously introspecting on existing systems and stories.
Webinar – The Many Faces of Dr. Ambedkar – Saturday, 14 August 3:00 pm (AEST) / 10:30 am (IST): This webinar will explore Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar’s legacy, in partnership with Dr. Ambedkar International Mission Australia.
A full list of all the 19 events can be accessed at – https://www.aii.unimelb.edu.au/