Vedic Village 2015
11.00 am – 3.00 pm, 28th February 2015
Clayton Community Center, Cooke Street, Clayton
28th February 2015 welcomed the much-awaited Vedic Village 2015, an expo of Indian arts, culture and tradition, organised by Vishwa Hindu Parishad Victoria at Clayton Community Centre. This celebration of Vedic civilization hosted a variety of workshops, stage shows and stalls, enjoyed by the enthusiastic crowd of Melbourne families, young and old.
The event opened at 11am with the sounds of Dhol and an auspicious welcoming chant of “Ganesha Atharvana Seersham” by children from the Telugu community. As the day progressed, the whole centre became a hub of Indian sounds, smells and flavours. The talks and workshops had several eminent speakers who presented with aplomb. The morning sessions wowed the audience through talks by Sri Uma Mahesh on “Matrukas, Vedic Syllables”, Dr Santosh Kumar Yadav on “Detoxification & Nutrition in Ayurveda”, Sri Karra Bhaskar Rao on “the system of Astrology” and Art of living on “Breath control in Meditation”. The phenomenal quality of these engaging workshops showcased Melbourne’s wealth of Vedic knowledge.
The afternoon sessions upped the tempo even more with workshops on Vedic maths by Sri Mahesh Mishra of Vedic Maths Academy, games by HSS and a highly energetic dance workshop by Ms Meghana Sanam of Just Natch. Face painting, free book give away, balloon twisting for children, and mehandi (henna) for the ladies added to the colour and kept the audience busy.
As if the workshops weren’t entertaining enough, the cultural shows, compered by Ms Rashmi Kesari, including the “Chanda Melam”, the traditional Kerala Drums, and a bhangra dance by the Local Melbourne Punjabi group “Federation of Bhangra” kept the audience on their toes and dancing to the music. The event also hosted a melodious ‘Sarang’ performance by Sri Saby Bhattacharya with his accompanist Sri Pandurang Torvi on Tabla, which enhanced the taste of dosas by Chennai Express, chat and North Indian food by Raj Catering, and sweets and rajma chawal on offer. More irresistible foot tapping and clapping followed for the “Kolatam/Chekka Bhajana folk dance called “Gokulam” presented by the Telugu community, a Mridangam recital by disciples of Guru Yogan Kandaswamy, VHP Bala Samskara Kendra performance of “Dasa Avatara”, a high energy folk Marathi dance and finally a performance of the traditional Indian classical dance, BharataNatyam.
The cultural exhibition also had a pictorial display of Vedic achievements – from astronomy, sciences, maritime history, ancient mathematics, medicine, the legal system, architecture to languages and much more. It attracted the interest of the visitors, some trying to capture the essence of this display with their mobile cameras! Free reading was organised by ISKCON and the ever-popular jewellery, handmade garland and traditional clothing stalls were filled with swarms of people throughout the day. Kreative Krab quilling was an eye opener to many and the delicate handmade cards featuring birthday wishes to Naana and Nanni were quite popular.
Stall owners such as Monash Link, a not for profit community agency delivering heath services were all praise for VHP Vic’s event. Carolyn from MonashLink remarked, “Many thanks for allowing MonashLink to hold a stall at the Vedic Village event on Saturday. I spoke with several men and women, many of whom were unfamiliar with MonashLink, so it was worthwhile to attend and promote MonashLink services to the Indian community.”
A lucky draw by ISKCON was won by V.P Muthukumar and Provincial Financial Services Services also gave away a generous gift hamper.
VHP Victoria’s Vice president Dr Anil Asthana, the concept developer of Vedic Village spoke about VHP Victoria’s dedication to community initiatives such as Vedic Village. Smt. Sahana Santanu, thanked City of Monash and VMC for being the main sponsors and supporters of the event and VHP Victoria President, Smt Geeta Devi, fittingly remarked “It is our tribute to Sanatan Dharmic values, which are reflected in 21st century Australia and all over the world, taking various forms of expression”.
The Chief guest, Honourable Alan Griffin MP for Bruce, in his speech, noted the common values that India and Australia share and how this common bond brings together the people of these regions. Guest of honour Sri Nirmal Chawdhary, Consul and Head of Chancery from the Consulate General of India in Melbourne and Smt.Vijaya Vaidyanath, CEO of Yarra City Council also graced the event and presented mementos to artistes.
The young VHP team of organisers, including Dr Anil Asthana , Sri Ganesh Jaygan and Smt Krishna Sharma strived to present an accurate and effective depiction of Vedic culture and its traditions, consistent with VHP Victoria’s commitment to raising the awareness and appreciation of Vedic civilisation. A commendable effort by the youth leaders and definitely a one-of-its-kind event not to miss in Melbourne’s future!