India Illuminated

The Festival of India, 23 – 26 October 2017

Festival of India 2017 will be a stimulating, event-packed week that celebrates and promotes Australia’s partnership and friendship with the rapidly emerging global powerhouse – India. As the campus grounds transform into a little India – this unique festival will showcase not only the country’s rich, cultural offerings but also its ground breaking developments in innovation, finance, scientific research and economic growth.

Relieve some of that exam stress by visiting our ‘Exam Therapy Stall’ designed to refresh your body, mind and soul through the ancient art of yoga. Experience the culinary delights of India.

Expand your understanding of one of the world’s most unique and rapidly advancing nations in the world. Take home a festival memento by inscribing yourself with a stunning Henna tattoo at the ‘Inscriptions of India’ stall.

All events are free of charge

Please click here to register

Festival Program

Day 1 - Monday 23 Oct
  • 10.00am - 4.00pm
    Taste of India – Experience Indian Cuisine
    Join us as we savour the exotic flavours of India’s finest culinary dishes and treats. Experience the Tastes of India to their fullest extent, learn how to prepare a collection of delicious meals and discover the historical origins behind some of the worlds most enjoyed flavours.
     
    Inscriptions of India – The Art of Henna Tattooing

    Decorate your skin with beautiful inscriptions of cultural significance. Learn about the rich history and traditions that underpin this sacred art and walk away with a memory to mark your experience at India Illuminated.

    Exam Therapy – Experience Yoga & Meditation​
    Separate your mind from exam timetables, textbooks, study plans and deadlines and immerse your mind, body, and soul in the ancient and widespread practice of yoga. Learn techniques that are centuries old that will instill in you proactive habits that will last a lifetime.

    Chai & Chat – Indian Tea Experience
    Stop by for a Chai & Chat! Take the time to catch up with friends you haven’t seen in a while and enjoy the irresistible taste and aroma of India’s finest Chai’s! A relaxing and culturally enriching experience that will not soon be forgotten.

    Location: Science Theatre lawn, University Mall, map ref G13 
     
  • 12.00pm - 2.00pm
    Bollywood music and dance flash mobs roaming around campus
    Location: University Mall, Science Theatre Lawn, Village Green 
     
  • 2.00pm - 3.30pm
    ‘What happened to Bollywood?’ Masterclass
    MC – Kama Maclean, Associate Professor, South Asian and World History, School of Humanities and Languages, UNSW Sydney

    Panellists:
    • Anupam Sharma, Director, Films and Casting Temple, UNSW Alumni
    • Professor Ira Bhaskar, Professor, Cinema Studies and Dean, SAA, JNU
    • Dr Vikrant Kishore, Lecturer & Researcher, Discipline for Communications & Media, RMIT University 

    Location: Colombo Theatre C, lower ground room 05, map ref B16 (best entry via Gate 4, High Street, Kensington) 
     
  • 4.00pm – 4.45pm
    Celebrating our Indian Scholars
    Future of Change and Business School scholarship winners award ceremony 
    Intro - Laurie Pearcey, Pro Vice-Chancellor International, UNSW Sydney 

    Speakers: 
    • Punya Sood, Undergraduate Engineering Student, Future of Change Scholar, UNSW Sydney 
    • Winny Bhushan Seelam, Postgraduate Law Student, Future of Change Scholar, UNSW Sydney 
    • Vasavi Sadhu, Postgraduate Design Student, Future of Change Scholar, UNSW 
    • Deeksha Nathani, Postgraduate Built Environment Student, Future of Change Scholar, UNSW Sydney 

    Amit Dasgupta, Country Director, India, UNSW Sydney, concludes the session

    Venue: UNSW Business School Lounge, level 6, map ref E12 (best entry via College Rd, Kensington) 
     

  • 5.00pm – 5.45pm
    India Experienced: Mobility to India Event
    Student interns share their stories.
    MC – Michelle Kofod, Global Education, UNSW Sydney

    Speakers: 
    • Lori Youmshajekian, UNSW Intern 
    • Aaron Jackson, Tata Consultancy Services Intern 
    • Henry Liang, Tata Consultancy Services Intern 
    • Steven Savage, Flexiloans Intern

    Venue: UNSW Business School Lounge, level 6, map ref E12 (best entry via College Rd, Kensington)

Day 2 - Tuesday 24 Oct
  • 10.00am - 4.00pm
    Taste of India – Experience Indian Cuisine
    Join us as we savour the exotic flavours of India’s finest culinary dishes and treats. Experience the Tastes of India to their fullest extent, learn how to prepare a collection of delicious meals and discover the historical origins behind some of the worlds most enjoyed flavours.
     
    Inscriptions of India – The Art of Henna Tattooing

    Decorate your skin with beautiful inscriptions of cultural significance. Learn about the rich history and traditions that underpin this sacred art and walk away with a memory to mark your experience at India Illuminated.

    Exam Therapy – Experience Yoga & Meditation​
    Separate your mind from exam timetables, textbooks, study plans and deadlines and immerse your mind, body, and soul in the ancient and widespread practice of yoga. Learn techniques that are centuries old that will instill in you proactive habits that will last a lifetime.

    Chai & Chat – Indian Tea Experience
    Stop by for a Chai & Chat! Take the time to catch up with friends you haven’t seen in a while and enjoy the irresistible taste and aroma of India’s finest Chai’s! A relaxing and culturally enriching experience that will not soon be forgotten.

    Location: Science Theatre lawn, University Mall, map ref G13
     
  • 10.00am - 12.00pm
    Gandhi Spectacles Hackathon
    MC – Laurie Pearcey, Pro Vice-Chancellor International, UNSW Sydney

    Panellists:
    • Bruce Jeffreys, Co-Founder, Dresden
    • Vinod Daniel, CEO, India Vision Institute
    • Professor Ajit Rangnekar, Director General, Research and Innovation Circle of Hyderabad

    Venue: Michael Crouch Innovation Centre, Hilmer Building, map ref E10 (best entry via gate 2 High Street, Kensington
     
  • 12.00pm – 1.30pm
    Cooking demo, dance demo, photo booth
    Led by the Graduate Student Association. 

    Location: Science Theatre Lawn, University Mall, map ref G13
     
  • 12.00pm – 2.00pm
    Bollywood music and dance flash mobs roaming around campus

    Location: University Mall, Science Theatre Lawn, Village Green
     
  • 1.00pm – 2.30pm
    How are you growing? Start-up India 
    MC – Dr Kastoori Hingorani, Business Partner, Division of Enterprise, UNSW Sydney

    Panellists:
    • Shan Sharma, Co-founder, Oorja Creative
    • Jason Hung, Executive Local VP, AIESEC
    • Noelle Sunstrom, CEO, NeuClone
    • Anna McGregor, Australian National Manager, Pollinate

    Venue: UNSW Business School Lounge, level 6, map ref E12 (best entry via College Rd, Kensington)  
Day 3 - Wednesday 25 Oct
  • 5.00pm - 7.30p
    India Innovated: Research Masterclass (for UNSW academics) 
    How to build research partnerships in India
    MC – Professor David Waite, Scientia Professor, UNSW Water Research Centre and School of Civil and Environmental Engineering 

    Panellists:
    • Associate Professor Michael Manefield, AISRF gas research, UNSW Sydney 
    • Scientia Professor Veena Sahajwalla, SMaRT, UNSW Sydney 
    • Dr Vinayak Dixit, Director, TRACS Lab 

    Venue: John Niland Scientia Building, Scientia Galleries, map ref G19 (entry via Gate 11 Botany Street, Kensington)  
Day 4 - Thursday 26 Oct
  • 5.00pm - 7.30pm
    India-Australia Relations: Where does the future lie?
    Hear from our panel of experts as we explore foreign and security policy, bilateral relations between Australia and India, what it means for UNSW and if it is worth pursuing and why? What can we do about it?

    MC – Amit Dasgupta, Country Director, India, UNSW Sydney

    Networking drinks to follow 

    Panellists:
    • Monika Barthwal-Datta, Senior Lecturer and Convenor, Master of International Relations, School of Social Sciences, UNSW Sydney
    • Neville Roach AO, Chairman of Advisory Board, Tata Consulting Services, Patron, AII UNSW Sydney
    • Dr Vinayak Dixit, Director, TRACS Lab 
    • Varun Grover
    • Roanna Gonsalves, author of The Permanent Resident
    • Lori Youmshajekian, UNSW student and intern

    Venue: John Niland Scientia Building, Scientia Galleries, map ref G19 (entry via Gate 11 Botany Street, Kensington) 

Be ready for the India Illuminated

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