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Monday, October 7, 2013

Parramasala Indian Festival & Multiculturalism

Hi, Friends, did you have any event? We enjoyed a Labour Day long weekend and summer time started! I joined Parramasala 2013, the annual Australian Festival of South Asian Arts that celebrates cultural diversity. Many events were free. Family and kids enjoyed Indian food, music, dance and film. Bollywood super star and world most popular actor, "Shahrukh Khan" did a close concert tonight in Sydney Olympic Park



I walked around the Masala markets, a stage and "Chai temple" set up for a rest, free music and family programs such as "storytelling time" like a library.  
It was lovely to see children and adults in ethnic costume proudly and naturally. Very colourful, see above. But any child behaves same! Whilst this girl's family were enjoying music on a stage, she really got bored. Oh, so cute and beautiful like a bloom outed flower!


Actually, this year, camels joined the event! They became super stars among kids...and me!! 

Wonderful to feel embraced multiculturalism. Multicultural Australia Council claims that since WWII, over seven million migrants have settled in Australia. Today, Australians speak more than 260 languages and identify over 270 ancestries. We, Australians are flourish in a wide range of linguistic and cultural diversity.

We danced and sang along to the music played on a stage. Hey, we got excited with  music and lights in the evening. Also, I became a friend with a guy who was in charge of stage lights. A very kind man! I always thank for backstage players and love them all. 
Different cultures and languages enrich our lives and society, while our universal language such as music and art always unites us. Oh, yes, kids were enjoying putting "paints" on boards to create a big drawing in a park. Nice, joyful and so peaceful! 
What about your countries, Friends? 

May Australia will maintain this rich cultural and linguistic diversity forever! 

BTW, wow, I've learned a lot about camels and how to organise value for a stage at night. I'll sketch forever!
Friends, Happy Painting!

 
                                 Bibliography
A Multicultural Council (2012) "A Multicultural Australia," online.  


Dept Immigration and Border Protection (2012) "What is multiculturalism?" in National Agenda for a Multiculral Australia, online, media release. 


   

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26 comments:

  1. Es fantastico Sadami, genial siempre. Me animas con tus historias y tus acuarelas.
    Un gran saludo.

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    1. Gracias, Jose dulce! También, siempre hacer historias en sus acuarelas. ¡ Disfrutemos de dibujo más y más! Mis mejores deseos, Sadami

      Thank you, sweet Jose! You, too, always make stories in your watercolours. Let us enjoy drawing more and more! Best wishes, Sadami
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      It is always fantastic Sadami, great. I feel with your stories and your watercolors.
      A big Hello.

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  2. Dear Sadami, I'm glad you had a great day. A nice multiracial party. You painted happy camels too, are fantastic, as the rest of the sketches. I like everything about India and its culture I'm glad to meet you again.
    Hugs and kisses

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    1. Thank you, Carmen! Very happy to know you enjoyed my post and paintings. This event introduces India to Australians. Wow, it sounds you have much knowledge about India. One day, you have to share it with us.
      Best wishes, hugs and kisses, Sadami

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  3. I love your camels Sadami. LOL Gave me a big smile on my face.

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    1. Thank you, Carol! Very happy to know you enjoyed the post. Best wishes, Sadami

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  4. You captured the look and characteristic gait of these great animals. Your sketches bring me a smile. The little girl is adorable.
    And yes, I also believe that cultural diversity is a real wealth.
    You too are native of October, so happy birthday dear Sadami.

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    1. Thank you, so sweet Lydie! Very happy to know you enjoyed my post and sketches. Yes, on the earth, different flowers make different beauties, which is so precious -- what's the difference between language or culture and spieces? And yes, my birthday is coming 29th! Oh, thank you soooo much. You, too, have a great time!!
      Best wishes, Sadami

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  5. Your camels are gorgeous, Sadami. I'm used to your people being so, but the camels took my breath away. I'm glad you enjoyed the Festival and that you feel Australian. I'm glad for you that they've embraced you, too. People are people, just as kids are kids. I loved the little girl too!

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    1. Thank you, sweet Pat! Happy to know you enjoyed the post and sketches. Yes, "people are people just as kids are kids," is so true. Regarding the sense of belongingness is an objective approch to identity. On the other hand, a subjective approach is claiming who I am -- is the analysis of identity. Of course, many varied views are available for identity. Anyway, Pat, enjoy drawing and writing!!
      Best wishes, Sadami

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  6. Great impressions of this lovely festival, Sadami. Love the camels!

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    1. Thank u, Judy! You have to come to this festival next year. Happy to know you enjoyed the post and sketches, which makes my day! Best wishes, Sadami

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  7. What a fun camel! I see you may do more of these and perhaps they may show up in a book sometime! Have a wonderful week, my friend :)

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    1. Oh, thank you for sweet and smart Rhonda! Spot on! Yes, these sketches of camels are for my references for picture book projects one day, if need. You, too, have a wonderful week, my dear friend!!
      Best wishes, Sadami

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  8. Que envidia me das!, me encantan ese tipo de festivales, las distintas músicas y los brillantes colores de los vestidos... No he asistido a muchas fiestas multiculturales pero recuerdo una, El Diwali, cuando vivia en Inglaterra y fue un autentico descubrimiento.
    Como siempre los apuntes deliciosos. Un abrazo.

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    1. Gracias, Tina! Usted vivió en Inglaterra. Un día, tienes que compartir tu historia, también. Sí, ven aquí el año que viene y vamos a divertirnos juntos. La gente India parece tan felices con este evento y la gente también no India, también. Tenemos un muy buen momento. Siempre agradezco sus estímulos. ¡ Disfrutemos dibujo y blogs para siempre!
      Mis mejores deseos, Sadami

      Thank you, Tina! You were in England. One day, you have to share your story, too. Yes, come here next year and let's have fun together. Indian people look so happy with this event and also non Indian people, too. We have a really good time. I always appreciate your encouragements. Let us enjoy drawing and blogging forever!!
      Best wishes, Sadami

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      That envy me das!, I love this type of festivals, different music and the bright colors of the dresses... I have not attended many multicultural festivals, but I remember one, the Diwali, when I lived in England and was a real discovery.
      As always delicious notes. A hug.

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  9. hola Sadami, estuve repasando tus ultimos trabajos , siempre llenos de vida y con un dibujo cada vez más seguro,y con una soltura envidiable, son fantáticos, enhorabuena

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    1. Frances, gracias por una clase commnet y parada en el blog. Su trabajo se pone mejor y mejor. Espero que todos lo mejor para su vida de artista!! Yo sigo mi propio camino y mantenerse. Realmente agradezco sus estímulos.
      Mis mejores deseos, Sadami

      Frances, thank you for a kind commnet and stopping at the blog. Your work gets better and better. I hope all the very best for your artist life!! I'll go my own way and keep up. I really appreciate your encouragements.
      Best wishes, Sadami

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      Hello Sadami, I was reviewing your latest works, always full of life and with a more secure design, and with an enviable ease, are fantaticos, congratulations

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  10. Hi Sadami,

    Thanks for checking in on me. I love your camels! The painting of the little girl with the red dress is also amazing! You put so much character into everything that you draw and paint. I had a great time doing the painting workshop in Tuscany with my teacher Michael. You should have come too! Maybe we can convince Michael to do a painting workshop in Australia.

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    1. Oh, thank u, Wren! I know your sensitive and sophisticated work. Sounds you had a splendid time with Michael. Yes, please ask him to come to Australia! Oh, I want to join Michael's workshop and of course, see you in it!! Your mentor's work is amazing, so sensitive and stunningly beautiful, beyond my language.
      Me, too, have a wonderful mentor. Soon, Editor, Mentor and I will discuss about the submitted storyboard (final stage of B&W) by skype. I'm practicing watercolour and drawing a protagonist everyday.
      Best wishes, Sadami



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  11. Ah, you caught the spirit of the festival and that of the camel ;) And the sketch of the little girl is precious !

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    1. Thank u, Meera! You know much better than festivals in India, don't you? Let us enjoy sketching together!
      Cheers, Sadami

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  12. What a fun day at the festival, Sadami. The expression in the little girl is absolutely priceless....love the colors ... I missed a few of your previous posts and enjoyed all of them...it was wonderful catching up!! Enjoy your weekend, my friend...

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    1. Thank u, Hilda. You, too, enjoy a weekend and drawing and painting! I'll go to a beach and enjoy swimming and sketching!! Best wishes, Sadami

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  13. Hi Sadami:) I LOVE your camels!! So cute. I want to hug him:) Your post was so easy to read with the beautiful sketches in between. It must have been a beautiful fest. Have a great week Sadami! Hugs:)xx

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    1. Thank u, Renate! Are you getting better? Yes, next time, you have to come, sketch together and give camels hugs. Please take care and hope you'll get well soon. Best wishes, Sadami

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