Perth’s Indian community came to celebrate their home country’s annual Independence Day with a gala event.
Hundreds of people attended this morning’s event at Laguna Center, Dianella, marking India’s independence since 1947.
The guests of honor arrived this morning after 9.30am with Indian Consul General Mr Amarjeet Singh Takhi and a spokesperson representing the Federal Minister for Early Childhood and Youth Education Dr Anne Aly.
The Australian and Indian national anthem was played before the start of the event, followed by performances of Indian patriotic songs, Sindhu cultural dances and a buffet lunch for all attendees.
The executive director of the WA Multicultural Services Centre, Ramdas Sankaran, said Indian contributions to Australia are incredibly important.
“It is indeed something to celebrate, it is necessarily from the perspective of people of Indian descent of Indian descent, who are now the largest group of bearers in Australia,” he said. .
“And yes, Indians cover various professions and have made very significant contributions in any field of endeavour.”
“Whether it’s academia, medicine, various other professions or even the community service industry, they are very important people of Indian descent.”
For many multicultural people in the community, today’s event is particularly significant for cultural and historical reasons.
It also gave many people in the community the opportunity to make friends and socialize with each other.
“It is a very big day, it is celebrated all over India, Australia and all over the world,” said participant Laila Jha.
“India was under the rule of the British for 150 years, and the freedom fighters fought for it, gave their lives for it and as a result, in 1947 we got independence.”
The latest census data shows that more than 670,000 Australian citizens identify their country of birth as India, overtaking China and New Zealand as the third ethnic group, second is England, first is Australia. Australia.
The number has increased dramatically by almost 50% since 2016, more than one million Indian migrants have arrived in Australia in the last five years.