Welcome to The Australian Indian Innovations Incorporated (AIII).
On a fine Sunday morning in July 2002, (21st of July to be exact), a group of “Melbourne Aussies” of Indian descent from all parts of the world met at the council meeting rooms at The City of Greater Dandenong Offices in Springvale, Melbourne to form a “democratic, secular, vibrant and non-political organisation”.
We came to be known as A.I.I.I. – “The Australian Indian Innovations Incorporated”
The AIII comprises of a conglomerate of independent organisations and individuals, who have come together in membership to work in mutual harmony, respect and united purpose to nurture, promote, foster and empower the Indian presence in multicultural Australia. We aim to facilitate opportunities, depict the cultural kaleidoscope of India and assist members to showcase Indian art, culture, style, traditions and food via various activities, seminars, festivals, fairs and events.
Within hours of the meeting, the general body unanimously agreed that the first function of this association is going to be th e “Inaugural Diwali Festival-2002”, to be held at Sandown Race Course on Sunday 13 October 2002. To this day, our Association has successfully and consecutively celebrated the Festival of Diwali each October and the Festival of Holi each March at Sandown Race Course, Melbourne….
JANA GARJANA DHOL PATHAK
There are many legends about where the tradition of dhol-tasha originated. The dhol was originally used after victory was gained or an objective was completed. It became a part of celebration for different festivals across India. In Maharashtra, the dhol-tasha is an integral part of the Ganesh utsav, the two are almost inseparable
Jana garjana means voice (roar) of common people. Janaganrjana Dhol Pathak was formed here in Melbourne by Satish Gaikwad in Jan 2016 along with his Nephew Parag Gaikwad and friends for Maharashtra Mandal Sammelan. They both, with the support and participation of their friends and family, taught the techniques and beats. Their performance being a huge success, they kept getting more and more offers and the Pathak continued to get bigger and better.
While coming together to start a new social commitment we found a surprisingly common thread between us The Dhol-Tasha……Vibrant Indian drums.
We happily agreed to practice and enjoy playing drums for our own pleasure, but also kept a strong focus on the commitment to propagate this ancient art form. Through the drum beats we ensure to bring in positive energy and broad smiles. Your smiles and tapping feet are what motivate us to keep going. Our final aim is to support communities through authorized charities within Australia and India.
Mr Vernon Victor Da Gama is a barrister and very well known in the community giving legal advice whenever required.
Mr Yogendra Lakshman affectionately referred to as “Yogen” by the Indian community is a Senior Quantity Surveyor.
Mr Babu Akula is an Engineering & Project Management Professional working in an Engineering & Construction company.
Mr. H.Soni has been a Medical & Allied services professional and served in the Industry in Africa, Uk and Australia.
Mr Atil Gosai joined the AIII as our Treasurer from 2012 dealing directly with the association’s chartered accountants.
Mr Sunil Kumar is a Professional Business Developer, currently at a combined role of Head Estimator and Accounts Mgr with Lee Group.
Mr Neeraj Nanda is a qualified journalist with an experience of over 30 years in investigative and general journalism.
Mr Ashok Jamini is a retired health professional who has worked for several years at Monash Health as an occupational therapist.