The Abhinay School of Performing Arts Inc., a very well known theatre group in Sydney and Australia, specially belonging to the Hurstville area since 2009 was selected, out of 200 nominations, as the St. George Community Of the year Award for 2014.
At the awards nite on the 2nd October, 2014 held at the Club Central in Hurstville, NSW Premier, Mike Baird graced the occasion and presented the awards to over 80 winners from different categories. Representing the Abhinay School of Performing Arts, its President and Artistic Director Aishveryaa Nidhi rightfully came upon the stage to receive the award from the Premier amidst a thunderous applause from a knowledgeable audience.
Aishveryaa made the headlines with a solo performance or monologue “Gandhari,” a character from the epic “Mahabharata” when the group was known as Abhinay Theatre. This monologue has now been staged all over India and Aishveryaa winning many awards last year. Over the last five years Abhinay has become widely recognised for enriching the lives of people in their local community of southern Sydney. Aishveryaa then auditioned for Short + Sweet, picked up by two directors and went to Gala finals with David Sharpe’s Mandragora, directed by Lisa Eismen and has the honour of being the first and only Indian Australian actress to be nominated for ‘Best Actress Award.
Abhinay School invited world’s leading playwright Alex Broun to be one of the patrons and conduct 10 minute play-writing workshops especially for Indian community, popularising theatre and introducing Short and Sweet to Indian community and world of ten minute plays opened up for Indian community since then. She also travelled to India to participate in inaugural Short+Sweet in New Delhi.
Abhinay School of Performing Arts Inc. also had the honour of producing ‘Best quality work among ITC’s and also ‘Best saved play’ in Short and Sweet, Sydney 2012, Abhinay School pioneered the concept of doing Hindi Theatre on Hindi Diwas in Sydney involving artists from St George and beyond. There is no other platform like Abhinay in Australia, which provides so many opportunities for aspiring actors and writers to present their work not for Indian but broader audience. Abhinay has presented works of leading play wrights in Hindi like Alex Broun bringing Australia closer to India through art & culture.
Based in the St George area in southern Sydney, Abhinay, meaning “the art of performing” in Sanskrit is dedicated to promoting Hindi language and Sub-continental art and culture through instructional classes and live performances. Its rich and diverse artistic programs reflect the strong connections between Indian and Australia and strive to expand the Sub-continental culture’s expressive range, fostering its stylistic evolution in Australia.
In an informal chat after the award ceremony, she said,” I am overwhelmed to receive the award and our group’s hard work of five years has at last been recognised.”
Premier Mike Baird commented on how important the work being done by all of tonight’s award recipients is to the St George Community and congratulated all the nominees and winners for their contribution.
Mr. Mark Coure, Member for Oatley said, “I’ve been fortunate enough to have been born and raised in the St George region and I’ve seen a strong community spirit firsthand, through the organisations I’ve been involved with; such as the Lions Club, Oatley RSL, Mortdale Community Services and local school councils.
I am committed to being an energetic community based Member of Parliament who strives to improve services in our community and recognise the hard work of the people who dedicate themselves to helping others.”
I look forward to meeting with the many in our community who make the St George such a great place to live and thanking them for their service,” Mr Coure concluded.
The event was interspersed with Endeavour Harmony Choir during the proceedings and to give breaks to the distinguish guests presenting the awards.