INDIA WEEK 2021

9–15 August

#IndiaWeek21

Once a year, the Institute holds its annual India Week – a celebration of contemporary Indian culture, thought, politics and society.

This year, India Week will take place from 9–15 August, culminating in the celebrations of India’s 75th year of Independence starting on 15 August.

The program is packed full of activities that deepen mutual understanding and strengthen links between Australia and India.

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Major events

Join us live online for this special series of India Week events.

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Monday, 9 August

4.30 pm (AEST) / 12:00 pm (IST)

Different Himalayan states in India are witnessing accelerated ‘development’ — new industries, infrastructure projects, urbanisation, and resource extraction. In this online discussion, hosted by the Australia India Institute Centre at the University of Western Australia, panellists will discuss how aspirations for development are reconciled with changes in the environment and how this uneasy relationship manifests itself in the narratives and experiences of contemporary Himalayan lives and livelihoods.

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Tuesday, 10 August

2:00 pm (AEST) / 9:30 am (IST)

Join us for the official India Week 2021 Launch roundtable discussion. Hear from a number of distinguished guests from India and Australia, as they discuss a range of pressing topics, including trade and education.

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Tuesday, 10 August

3:30 pm (AEST) / 11:00 am (IST)

Project SASS (South Asian Student Support) promoted the welfare and wellbeing of Victoria’s South Asian International Students from India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal and Myanmar. In this webinar, delivered by IndianCare, speakers will discuss the creation of the program, the reasoning for it, and highlight the successes and next steps.

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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.

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Wednesday, 11 August

3:00 pm (AEST) / 10:30 am (IST)

Baroness (Maie) Casey (1892-1983) was an author, artist, collector, and connoisseur. This webinar will explore her role in building connections between contemporary Australian and Indian art in the 1940s and 50s. This webinar is part of the AII’s Fellows Series and will be hosted by honorary Academic Fellow Michael Moignard. 

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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.

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Wednesday, 11 August

4:00 pm (AEST) / 11:30 am (IST)

India has made excellent strides forward in increasing literacy over the last 20 years, but this progress has been unequal. Despite policies and programs, illiteracy in various disadvantaged groups, such as those with disability, low income, low caste and dwelling rurally has typically remained stubbornly high. In this online discussion, five experts will address the topic from different angles.

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Wednesday, 11 August

4:30 pm (AEST) / 12:00 pm (IST)

The Asian Smart Cities Research and Innovation Network (ASCRIN) facilitates and enables the development of strong partnerships required to support ‘smart cities’. This event, hosted by La Trobe University, will look at the successes of ASCRIN and how it can be a model for partnership, as well as the importance of international collaboration when implementing real-world impact and providing social and public goods.

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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: novel and poetry, women writers. Hosted in collaboration with Australia India Institute, Delhi and the Daily Milap.

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Thursday, 12 August

3:00 pm (AEST) / 10:30 am (IST)

Plastics (polymers) are an ubiquitous material and are used for many applications because of its versatility. Very often, however, plastics are ending up in landfill or worse – in our waterways and oceans. In this online discussion, experts from India and Australia share their perspectives on the problem and discuss opportunities and solutions.

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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 moulds these realities while simultaneously introspecting on existing systems and stories.

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Friday, 13 August

4:00 pm (AEST) / 11:30 am (IST)

Join our panel of professionals working in sport as they share their insights on sports diplomacy initiatives between Australia and India, followed by a panel discussion and robust audience question and answer session.

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Saturday, 14 August

3:00 pm (AEST) / 10:30 am (IST)

Many people know Dr. Ambedkar as the leader of marginalised and underprivileged society in India. This webinar, hosted by Dr Ambedkar International Mission Australia, aims to highlight Dr. B. R. Ambedkar’s multifaceted personality, his vision and philosophy. The discussion will also explore his significant contributions in various fields, including women’s empowerment, the Constitution of India, Indian economics, industrialisation and modernisation.

Celebrating India

Join us for these in-person events celebrating India.

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Monday, 9 August – Sunday, 15 August

12:00 pm – 6:00 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. 

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Thursday, 12 August

6:00 pm (AEST)

The Australia India Chamber of Commerce (AICC), in partnership with the Australia India Institute, is hosting a dinner to celebrate India’s Independence Day with the Honourable Dan Tehan, Minister for Trade, Tourism, and Investment. Attendance is by invitation only (ticketed). For further information, please contact aicc@aicc.com.au.

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The Indian Film Festival of Melbourne (IFFM) is the largest festival of its kind in Australia, celebrating the best of Indian cinema in all its forms. In 2021, IFFM takes over five key venues in Melbourne’s CBD and suburbs, while an extended virtual season will see films stream for free via the festival’s website, iffm.com.au. Kicking off a diverse and dynamic program of more than 70 feature films, documentaries and shorts, is the 2021 IFFM Opening Night film, Ajitesh Sharma’s WOMB (Women of My Billion) on 12 August.

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Sunday, 15 August

9:00 am (AEST)

All Indians, persons of Indian origin and friends of India are welcome to attend the Flag Hoisting Ceremony to mark the beginning of celebrations for the 75th anniversary of India’s Independence. This special event is organised by the Consulate General of India Melbourne.

Wellbeing events

Join us every day of India Week for these wellness-focused events.

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Monday, 9 August

10:00 am (AEST) / 5:30 am (IST)

Learn how to create better physical, mental, emotional and spiritual wellbeing for yourself through simple yogic meditation practices that bring contentment, calm, compassion, courage and clarity to everyday life. Hosted by Heartfulness.

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Monday, 9 August

2:00 pm (AEST) / 9:30 am (IST)

Meditation and music go hand in hand. In this session, hosted by The Art of Living, you will experience a meditative state through the power of music and singing.

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Tuesday, 10 August

10:00 am (AEST) / 5:30 am (IST)

Breathing is a tool with which we can access the switchboard of our nervous system, which controls our involuntary and voluntary nervous systems. In this session, hosted by The Art of Living, you can learn to detox and relax through breath.

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10, 12 & 15 August

12:30pm (AEST) / 8:00 am (IST)

Skills to calm the mind and overcome negative emotions are the essentials to excel in any any field. In this series of daily sessions, hosted by Heartfulness, you will learn meditation and different micro practices for mental clarity introduced successively. The easy to follow steps, and free-to-all online Heartfulness resources makes it easy to integrate and sustain these inner wellbeing practices in your daily life at your pace.

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Wednesday, 11 August

10:00 am (AEST) / 5:30 am (IST)

Our hormonal balance decides what sort of mood we will have. Deep breathing exercises and meditation bring a balance to these chemicals and calm down our minds. In this session, hosted by The Art of Living, you will learn exercises that can help you better handle the changing situations in front of us.

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Wednesday, 11 August

11:30 am (AEST) / 7:00 am (IST)

Are our bodies only a solid structures – consisting of bone, muscle, organs and a network of arteries and veins through which our blood circulates? We could condense the solid matter in the human body to the size of a thimble. The rest is space between cells, and space between organs. Connecting and enlivening all these parts is the energy that our cells produce. It’s what keeps us going. Without an adequate energy supply, our health suffers. In this event, hosted by Heartfulness, you will explore how we can avoid an energy crisis.

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Thursday, 12 August

4:00 pm (AEST) / 11:30 am (IST)

We take thousands of breaths each day and inhale thousands of litres of air. But, if our body isn’t optimised and we aren’t breathing properly then the lungs aren’t able to take in as many nutrients as they can. In this session, hosted by The Art of Living, you will learn breathing exercises to give your respiratory system a much-needed boost.

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Friday, 13 August

4:00 pm (AEST) / 11:30 am (IST)

During COVID-19, working from home has become more common than ever. Flexibility is an important component of physical fitness and has many positive effects on the body. In this session, hosted by The Art of Living,  you can learn to increase your flexibility with simple yet profound yoga postures.

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Saturday, 14 August

10:00 am (AEST) / 5:30 am (IST)

Most people don’t know that they are using only 33% of their lung capacity. This can be increased by learning yogic breathing or deep-focused breathing. In this webinar, hosted by The Art of Living, you will learn about powerful breathing exercises that can enhance your lung capacity for oxygen.

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Saturday, 14 August

2:00 pm (AEST) / 9:30 am (IST)

The event, hosted by Heartfulness, will focus on our relationship with nature and the remarkable way in which trees feel, communicate, support each other and respond to us in subtle ways. If we expand our consciousness to embrace Nature, it can go a long way in healing us and enabling us to simplify our lives to be in tune with nature, both within and without.

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Sunday, 15 August

4:00 pm (AEST) / 11:30 am (IST)

It took a global pandemic to make the world realise that our breath is the most important aspect of our being. With the second wave of COVID-19 ravaging the lives of thousands of people and the country’s health infrastructure, it is time we take the responsibility of our lungs into our own hands.

On-demand events

Access a collection of recorded events and view them on your own time.

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In this webinar, leading educators and industry leaders from India and Australia share their direct experiences, insights, and key analysis of how technology has become a defining factor in modern education, including how the pandemic has brought that stark reality to the surface. This webinar was part of a series of virtual events exploring equity in education, presented in partnership with the Asia Education Foundation and Australia India Institute, Delhi.

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This webinar explored gender equity in education from Australian and Indian perspectives, through the prism of policy and research, education providers and recent graduates in entrepreneurship. This webinar was part of a series of virtual events exploring equity in education, presented in partnership with the Asia Education Foundation and Australia India Institute, Delhi.

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This webinar considers wellbeing as a key component of equity in education from Australian and Indian perspectives. Panellists explore how research, policies, school leaders and classroom practitioners are shaping programs for the greater wellbeing of students and teachers in schools. This webinar was part of a series of virtual events exploring equity in education, presented in partnership with the Asia Education Foundation and Australia India Institute, Delhi.

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The special relationship between Australia and India is built on historic people-to-people links, but how will the post-COVID environment change that? In joint partnership with the the Australian Institute of International Affairs Victoria (AIIAV), the AII hosted the third panel discussion in the AIIAV’s South Asia Seminar Series on ‘Australia and India’s Soft Power Diplomacy’.

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The global UN Women theme for International Women’s Day (IWD) 2021 was “Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world”. This theme celebrates women and girls’ tremendous efforts around the world in shaping an equal future. Catch-up on this webinar, as a panel of experts from various disciplines discusses the topic related to their work in Australia and India.

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Australia and India have so much to learn from each other in the education sector. Presented in collaboration with EduGrowth and the Australian Government Department of Education, Skills and Employment, this event explored the dimensions of Indian and Australian EdTech ecosystems.

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