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Glimpses of Aussie Indians

DNPUN36318 | 2/16/2011 | Author : Divya Mangwani | WC :363

'Indian Aussies' exhibition is an initiative of the Australian government to showcase the Indian community settled in their country, in all its vibrancy

It's all about Indians who are living Down Under at this exhibition titled 'Indian Aussies'. This initiative, by the Australian government, has on display 80 life-size photographs of Indian professionals, business people, students and the famous Sikh community in Woolgoola that have all made Australia their home.
The pictures offer a glimpse into their lives, like Amravati doctor Sonali Deshpande, who came to Australia to do a postgraduate course in Preventive Social Medicine. She went on to become the first woman Indian police officer in the Victoria Police Force, and is now studying to be a detective.
An initiative of the Australian government, the exhibition was inaugurated in Delhi, and will tour various cities in India in the next four months. Peter Varghese AO, Australian High Commissioner to India, commented, "This exhibition showcases the ease with which Indians have become part of Australian society while maintaining their links with Indian culture."
The exhibition also attempts to dispel the negativity towards life in Australia for Indians. Accordingly, successful and settled people from all walks of life have been chosen out of the more than 300,000 Australians of Indian origin, to highlight the cosmopolitan and open society in the country.
Nitya Pillai of the Australian Consulate General in Mumbai explains, "There has been a lot of negative publicity towards living in Australia, especially by the Indian media. With this exhibition, we're trying to demonstrate that there are happy and successful people living in Australia and it is a safe country."
Renowned photographer Michel Lawrence has taken the photographs from the perspective of an Australian's fascination with Indian culture and its people. His photographs of people have been displayed in the Museum of Modern Art in Melbourne, The National Portrait Gallery in Canberra and other Australian galleries. He also has a book of photographs to his credit.
Michel's latest work, 'Indian Aussies' has already toured Australia and after display in Delhi, Kochi and Mumbai, will be presented next in Pune. The interesting melange of photographs that capture different Indians and their stories will offer a unique perspective of life in Australia.
(The exhibition will be held at Ishanya, from February 17 to March 4.)

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