Monday, August 15, 2011

India Day Fair 2011

India Day Fair 2011 at Roma Street Parklands
to commemorate its independence from British rule
and its birth as a sovereign nation in 1947

Lord Mayor, Cr Graham Quirk

among other important people and political figures
such as Anthony Lin, Freya Ostapovitch, Vicki Howard, Cr Margaret etc

There were many awesome song and dance performances throughout the day

Our very own Manpreet Kaur (India)
performing Jai Ho (Translation: May there be victory)

watch video here

Sitar is a plucked stringed instrument predominantly used in Hindustani classical music

The Sari (costumes) were simply amazing
comes in all sorts of vibrant colours and varieties

Henna (aka Mignonette) Lawsonia inermis is a plant that is used as dye
the leaves are pounded into a paste and often used for body art
In early days, it has a meaning of marriage and fertility
women will mark themselves to meet their new husbands

Translink Booth
Spotted: Caroline, Phillip Cox and Nathan

Grabbed a photo with Cr Graham Quirk
when he was mingling around with the public

Plenty of good food too!

Biryani Rice

Masala Dosa is made by stuffing a dosa (fermented crepe/pancake) with a lightly cooked filling of potatoes, fried onions and spices. It wraps the dosa around an onion and potato curry or sabji

This is how they make the Dosa

Check out the colourful fabrics!

Doris (China) got her photo with some performers

Indian Oil Lamp
They fill the hollow with ghee during puja
(expressions of honour, worship and devotional attention)

Brisbane International Student Ambassadors
Manpreet (India), Doris (China) and myself (Singapore)

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