Raja 2018

Raja (IPA: /ɾɔd͡ʒɔ/ Odia: ରଜ) or Raja Parba (IPA: /ɾɔd͡ʒɔ pɔrbɔ/ Odia: ରଜ ପର୍ବ) or Mithuna Sankranti is a three-day-long festival and the second day signifies beginning of the solar month of Mithuna from, which the season of rains starts.[1] It inaugurates and welcomes the agricultural year all over Odisha, which marks, through biological symbolism, the moistening of the sun dried soil with the first showers of the monsoon in mid June thus making it ready for productivity. Its 2018 date is June 14-16.

Event Details

ACT

Date: 24/06/2018
Time: from 12 noon to 4 pm.
Venue: Pearce community hall.
Contact: Anup Das, 0470113727

VIC

Date: 23/06/2018
Time: 5pm onwards
Venue: FLEMINGTON COMMUNITY HALL, Address 25 Mt Alexander Rd, Flemington VIC 3031 
Contact: Amit Mohanty 0469370212 amit.montie@gmail.com

WA

Date: 17/06/2018
Time: from 12 noon to 4 pm.
Venue: Balga community centre
Contact: Gautam Behera on 0425749051
Other Details: Odia pitha, Pana and lot of Odia fun games are on the card.

QLD

Date: 23/06/2018
Venue: Bullocky Rest, Forgan Road, QLD
Contact: Santosh or Debashish on ‭0403 629 750‬, 0415 836 216‬.
Other Details:This is a picnic. Veg and Non-Veg food will be cooked on site.

NSW

Date: 16/06/2018 (Saturday)
Time: 11.30am till 4.30pm
Venue: Rosella Picnic Area, Narragingy Reserve, Knox Rd, Doonside NSW 2767
Contact: Asit @ 0420508632
Other Details: Odia veg and non-veg food will be served along with delicious homemade pitha.

Newsletter – June 2017

UNMAAD is casting its spell on Orioz across Australia

After the sensational launch in May by Team Victoria, UNMAAD, our next Sammilani has strayed its magic over this period and community is getting drawn in to the PAGALPAN!
A call for the theme design has resulted in two creative pieces of art proposed for the theme, contributed by Subhendu Kumar and Madhav Padhi (see attached pictures). An on-line selection process has been floated by the Unmaad Media and PR Team to get the ‘most liked’ art chosen for the theme. If you have not selected your favourite one as yet…please follow this link: https://goo.gl/0zIfxa

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In the meantime, the Victoria Team has secured the Sammilani venue (PGL Adventure Camps, PGL Campaspe Downs, 1302 Trentham Road, Kyneton, VIC 3444) by signing a contract with venue administration. For further details on what the venue is offering us during Unmaad, visit: www.pgladventurecamps.com.au.

The much awaited RAJA festival is being celebrated across several States

Team Victoria is preparing for its signature annual event RAJA in grand style with a captivating video being posted in FB by Sameek. It is going to be celebrated on 24th June at the Flemington Community Hall, 25 Mt Alexander Rd, Flemington. For further details, please contact Aradhana (0466261606), Sam (0401345468) or Rajiv (0421669016).
Preparation is also in full swing by Team NSW. The community is getting its Raja underway on 17th (Saturday) at Bungarribee Park, Doonside. For further details please contact Satya (0405982634).

WA Orioz is organising for their Raja celebrations to be held on 18th June at 9 Pear Ridge, Winthrop. Lot of desi old time games like rumal chori, sack race, spoon and egg race are on the card. Mitha pana, doli jhula and odia pithas will be there too. Everyone is waiting eagerly for this function. For further details please contact Mahesh Bhai:
To spice up the occasion, our own talented Orioz, Sibani Mishra has posted her own recipe for the famous Odia ‘Poda Pitha’ in Orioz FB. If you want to give it a try please visit the following link: http://pearlsofeast.com/2008/09/poda-pittha

Picnic by Lake Leschenaultia by Orioz Western Australia

WA Orioz community had a picnic on Sunday 28th May at the picturesque venue of Lake Leschenaultia (see pictures). The crystal blue water of the lake was pretty soothing to the eyes and the weather was perfect for kayaking. The team had a great day out with fun filled activities like kayaking, bush walking, card games and several kids activities.

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Efforts to revive the Orioz e-Magazine “Prachi”

There has been hectic activities over last few weeks to bring back the Orioz e-Magazine ‘Prachi’. It is noted that this magazine with Govind (Mishra) Bhai as the Editor had enormous impact on Orioz community that carried the literary and art contributions of several members till its last issue in 2013. Unfortunately, due to several administrative problems, it has gone into hibernation. With full support from EC, Rajendra Bhai, Rosie Bhauja and Govind Bhai are outlining some key action areas to get ‘Prachi’ back to the Orioz platform. More details will be available soon.

Public Liability Insurance for Orioz renewed till June 2018

We have now renewed the Public Liability Insurance till June 2018. This will ensure that our official Orioz activities such as the upcoming Sammilani ‘Unmaad’ is well covered for relevant damages/loses.

Membership Register for Orioz closing on 30th June

We have had a great membership drive so far this year. With the membership register closing on 30th June, we encourage families, friends and students who have not done this so far to take up the membership by contacting their State Lead or EC Member. Membership Fees are as follows: Single $10, family $20 yearly, single life membership $100 family life membership $200.

Orioz is working with Elemental to support two platform schools in Odisha

Orioz is working with a Sydney based social enterprise Elemental to develop resources based on teaching techniques used in two platform schools from Odisha. Apart from the schools in Odisha, Elemental is working with schools from Leon, Bangladesh and South Eastern Siberia. The resources will then be sold in a nominal price in Australia and outside of Australia, and a portion of that will be used to support the two platform schools in Odisha.

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Newsletter – May 2017

Odia Community Monthly Newsletter May 2017

Bandhugana Namaskar!

Hope you are all enjoying the glorious Autumn weather. The onset of cool weather has not dampened the spirits amongst our fellow Odias across Australia. Our community has been very active and busy in the month of April and and we have many events planned over next couple of months. Please enjoy the beautiful pictures from QLD and video of Phula Baula Beni from NSW.

Queensland

The Queensland Odia Community, part of the national Odia Community ORIOZ Inc in Australia organised a cricket match to welcome the autumn with unlimited fun.  Kalinga Park was the name of field which almost seems to be the right place for expat Odias to have a game of cricket.

Trophies were sponsored and in house sponsorships were secured for each six hit and each catch taken.

Mr Palani O Thevar, President of the Federation of Indian Communities Queensland was the guest to hand over the trophies.  

image1Santosh Tripathy, who also is a national and international level cyclist, was judged as the best batsman. image3Dheeraj Lenka was successful in winning the best bowler trophy.  
image2Swastik Panda was a new member who joined the community on the cricket ground won the fairest player trophy. image5Debasish Das, the all-rounder won the man of the match trophy.
image4Amit Mohapatra was quick and agile on the field to win the best fielder trophy.

Sambit Das, who organised this match, said it was just pure unlimited fun that keeps the community together to enjoy each other’s friendship.

Western Australia

Perth Odia community not wanting to miss out on the wonderful weather and are organising a picnic. Please mark your calendar for this day. Everyone is welcome and there are a lot of fun filled activities on the cards.

Venue: Lake Leschenaultia

Date & Time: Sunday 28th May (12noon-4pm tentative)

Contact: Mahesh Sahu on 0402386560 / Bighnaraj Mohanty on 0405202516

The next planned get together will be the Rajaa celebration in June. Date and venue is yet to be decided.

Victoria

Odia community in Victoria is excited to announce the name of the Sammilani 2018…UNMAAD. Our community in VIC was asked to suggest a name. Fourteen names were suggested by the community members. A survey was then conducted to vote for the entries by giving a rank. The name with the maximum votes and highest ranking was selected the winner.

Preparation is in full swing for the Rajaa Parba. Somyajit Kar and Aradhana Kar have kindly volunteered to take the lead in organising the event. Sulipta Tripathy and Aradhana are coordinating the teams who are busy preparing for the cultural activities. The occasion will be marked with the traditional “peethas” and “maunsa tarkari’. The young and the young at heart, will get a chance to showcase their talent in this cultural extravaganza. It is by far one of the most colourful events of the Victorian Odia calender. All are welcome to join for the fun and the delectable food.

Venue:- Flemington Community Centre

Date & Time:- 24th June 2017 (Sat) 5pm onwards

Contact: Aradhana on 0466 261 606

NSW

Our community in NSW staged the 4th edition of the iconic Phula Baula Beni (PBB), the Odia cultural event with much fanfare. It has been dubbed to be one of the best PBB ever.   

It would have not been possible without the dedication and commitment of all the participants, team leads and the volunteers. It takes a lot of effort to stage an event like PBB, requiring months of practice and planning. They are the real heroes of our community, a very big thank you to all of those invisible and selfless people.

Butu (Sovesh) led us with all his heart and made us proud, thank you Butu.

We know many of you have been waiting for the video. We have now received the video (full) and it is available in our youtube channel at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IGbo0GJ_aio . Enjoy the video and feel free to share it with your family and friends.  

If you had attended or participated in PBB4 we would like to know your feedback about the event. Here is the feedback form ( https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2T58DM9 ) and it should not take more than 2 to 3 minutes to fill out.

ACT

Abhinash Patro, our elected state lead for ACT has decided to move north to Sydney. A big thank you to Abhinash for his dedication and good work as the state lead in ACT. We have now gone through a community process to fill the position of State Lead. Anup Das has put his hand up to take the opportunity, congratulations Anup, good on you.

 

Newsletter – April 2017 

Cricket Match – Qld

Orioz Qld community is having a cricket match on Sat 29 April at the Kalinga Park, Clayfield. 5 trophies have been sponsored by an external business company but an in-house sponsorship has committed one dollar prize money for every run made in a six!! The President of Federation of Indian Communities Qld will be the guest to hand over the trophies.

Top Achiever – Qld


Partha Narayan Mishra of Brisbane, a member of Orioz Qld has been officially appointed as an International Student Ambassador (India) to Brisbane by The Right Hon. Lord Mayor of Brisbane, Graham Quirk. He will work in collaboration with International Student Ambassadors from more than 30 countries for the new world city.

Phula Baula Beni – NSW

Orioz NSW community will be staging the 4th edition of Phula Baula Beni on 29 April at Doonside community centre, Doonside. The community has been preparing for the iconic event for last two months so please join us at Doonside Community Centre in the celebrate odia art and culture.   

Saraswati Puja Event 2016

|| ଯା କୁନ୍ଦେନ୍ଦୁ ତୁଷାରହାର ଧବଲା ଯା ଶୁଭ୍ର ବସ୍ତ୍ରାବୃତା
ଯା ବୀଣାବରଦଣ୍ଡମନ୍ନ୍ଡିତକରା ଯା ଶ୍ବେତପଦ୍ମାସନା  ||

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Maa Saraswati is the goddess of learning, wisdom, knowledge, fine arts, refinement, science and technology. Vasant Panchami is treated by celebrants as Saraswati’s birthday.People worship Goddess Saraswati to attain enlightenment through knowledge and to rid themselves of lethargy, sluggishness and ignorance.

The story of Saraswati Puja is related to the Brahma Vaivarta Purana. Sri Krishna granted Saraswati a boon that she too will be worshipped on Vasant Panchami.

In the coming month like every year Odias around Australia will be offering their prayers to Goddess Saraswati . If you want to join the community in offering your gratitude to Maa Saraswati, please find the details below:

ACT – Canberra

Date & Time: Sunday, 14th Feb from 6:00pm onwards (until 10pm)
Venue: Hughes Community Centre, Wisdom St, Hughes ACT 2605
Activities
Puspanjali: At 7:30pm; Prasada / Lunch at 8:00pm

For further details, please contact Dr Nalini Pati at nalini.pati@gmail.com or Mr Avinash, the new state representative.

NSW – Sydney

Date & Time: Saturday, February 13 from 10:00 AM – 3:30 PM
Venue: Toongabbie Community Centre
244 Targo Road, Toongabbie, New South Wales, Australia 2146
Activities
Puja will begin at 12:00 pm; Puspanjali will be tentatively at 1.00pm

QLD – Brisbane

Date & Time: Saturday, September 19 from 11 am onwards
Venue: Brisbane multicultural centre, 28 Dibley street Woolloongabba

Odia Community of Australia joins the global aid campaign to support the people of Nepal

The Odia Community of Australia joins the global aid campaign to support the people of Nepal

Orioz, the Odia Community of Australia raised over AUS $2000 to add to the global aid aimed to bring immediate and long term relief to people of Nepal who suffered severe losses due to the recent earthquake on 25 April 2015.  According to USAID reports (NEPAL EARTHQUAKE – FACT SHEET #16, May 22, 2015) approximately 500,041 houses were destroyed and another 269,156 were damaged during the earthquake and subsequent aftershocks. Many people are still sleeping outdoors due to unstable structures and fear and with monsoon season approaching, shelter is an even more critical need.
Orioz ran a “Nepal Fund Raising” appeal to provide humanitarian support to people affected by the recent earthquake that hit Nepal. The entire fund raised will go to “Habitat for Humanity Australia”, an international not-for-profit organization whose vision is a world where everyone has a safe and decent place to live. Habitat for Humanity is actively working on rebuilding the homes and lives of families affected and will be supporting 20,000 families in a variety of ways – distribute temporary shelter kits and assist with transitional & permanent shelter solutions.
Orioz is humbled by the response of its members who donated generously and now has successfully closed the appeal by raising a good amount. This was a huge disaster and our thoughts are with all of those affected.

Odias at Diwali Fair 2014

The Odia community of NSW proudly participated in the Diwali Fair organised by the Indian Community in NSW. The event was held at the Parramatta Park in the Parramatta Suburb of Sydney.

We Odias actively participated in both cultural and culinary events. Our immensely talented girls performed on Sambalpuri folk which received huge applause from the Indo-Aussie audience.

We also hosted a Odia food stall offering the authentic odia lip smacking snacks and dishes. This was a SOLD OUT event!!

Below are some moments captured:

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