Australian Consulate-General
Chennai, India

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Events 2017


Chennai: Science Circus

Two of Australia’s leading science communicators Dr Graham Walker and Dr Stuart Kohlhagen from the Australian National University, Canberra enthralled audiences in Bangalore and Chennai with exciting experiments, brain rattling explosions, mind bending science and quizzical theories from the exciting world of Science.









The workshops were a celebration of the wonder science with audiences thinking, laughing, questioning and learning complex concepts of Physics and Chemistry using simple household items like eggs, vacuum cleaners, balloons and much more.


Dr Graham Walker and Dr Stuart Kohlhagen were in India on a nine-city tour from 13-23 June.











Bangalore: Australian Film Showcase 2017

Following successful Film Showcases in Chennai and Hyderabad, the Australian Consulate-General, Chennai in partnership with the Karnataka Chalanachitra Academy, INOX, SAE Institute and Tourism Australia hosted the third edition of the Australian Film Showcase in Bengaluru from 12-14 May 2017.









Renowned Australian actor and producer Bryan Brown and Nelson Woss, Producer of the Red Dog films were guests of honour for the Showcase.










The Showcase featured a range of recent popular films including ‘Lion’ (2016), The Dressmaker (2015); Force of Destiny (2015) - partially filmed in Kerala;  Red Dog (2011); The Sapphires (2012); Swerve (2012) and, in honour of Bryan Brown, a retrospective of his classic ‘Dirty Deeds’ (2002). Bryan Brown and Nelson Woss also visited a local film school in Bangalore and a participated in a Film Collaboration workshop with leading film producers in Bangalore.       




Chennai: Anzac Day 2017

The Australian Consulate-General, Chennai commemorated ANZAC Day with a Dawn Service at the Madras War Cemetery on Tuesday 25 April 2017.








Every year on ANZAC Day (25 April), Australians gather at services and ceremonies around the world to commemorate the bravery and sacrifice of men and women who have served their nation in times of war and conflict. This day marks the landing of Australian troops on the shores of Gallipoli in Turkey in April 1915.







Australian Consul-General Sean Kelly remarked that “ANZAC Day is an opportunity to reflect and honour the heroism, tenacity and resilience of the men and women who have served their country”.










Chennai: Paper Pilots visits schools in Chennai, February 2017

Australia’s Paper Pilots, Dylan Parker and James Norton, recently met with school children in Chennai to offer a crash course in paper plane making and flying as part of the “Engage Youth” initiative of the Australian High Commission.  









Dylan and James, who founded “The Paper Pilots” in 2008, to educate and inspire students across Australia, use the simple concept of paper planes to explain the science of flight and encourage students to develop problem solving skills to design the perfect paper plane.  Their true life story inspired the 2015 Australian hit family film “Paper Planes” directed by Robert Connolly.








As part of the visit to the schools the Paper Pilots conducted paper plane making workshops for students after the screening the film “Paper Planes”. The film deals with themes which resonate with a young audience, including negotiating with peers, dealing with bullies, being sportsman like and dreaming big.








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Chennai: Yassmin Abdel-Magied- Mechanical engineer,social advocate,writer & 'petrol head', January 2017

Yassmin Abdel-Magied, a young Sudanese Australian author and recipient of the 2015 Queensland Young Australian of the Year award visited Chennai as part of Australia’s cultural diplomacy agenda. Yassmin advocates for the empowerment of youth, women and those from racially, culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. Yassmin is also the founder and chair of an Australia based organisation ‘Youth Without Borders’, an organisation that empowers young people to realise their full potential through collaborative, community based programs. Yassmin’s India tour included a presentation at the Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival (15-17 Jan), Jaipur Literature Festival (18-23 Jan) and outreach programs at various colleges in Chennai. 



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Bangalore: Australia Day Celebrations, January 2017

The Australian Consul-General hosted the first ever formal Australia Day celebrations in Bangalore on 9 January 2017. A host of high level dignitaries, including: the Chair of Biocon and Australian Global Alumni Ambassador Dr Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw; National Chair of the Australia-India Business Council Ms Sheba Nandkeolyar; and cricketing legend Mr Michael Kaspowitz joined the Australia Day celebrations in Bangalore. 







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Chennai: 'Wordburger’ in Chennai! December 2016

The Australian Consulate-General in Chennai supported the India tour of acclaimed Australian children’s author David Astle, Australia’s word-wizard, and author of Wordburger - A Verbal Feast for Kids. David is a lifelong crossword-maker and self-proclaimed “word nerd” and has authored six books on word puzzles and riddles for kids and adults alike. While in Chennai, David conducted interactive workshops at various schools across the city. The workshops covered interesting concepts like how young adults can discover the secrets inside words using rhymes, riddles and puzzles.






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Chennai, Hyderabad, Visakhapatnam: Chi Udaka India Tour 2016, November 2016

An inspirational meeting of taiko drumming and Indian classical dance, Chi Udaka was staged for the first time in India in November 2016. This co-production between two Sydney based companies - Taikoz and the Lingalayam Indian Classical Dance Company was sponsored by the Australian Government, the Australia India Council and ArtsNSW. Performances in Chennai (19 November) and Hyderabad were supported by The Hindu November Fest. The Government of Andhra Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh Tourism co-sponsored the performance in Vishakapatnam (23 November).

Leading English daily The Hindu after the performance in Chennai quoted, “Chi Udaka is an experience, an emotion. Be it the graceful, energetic drummers from Australia-based Taikoz, who made the Japanese percussion their very own, the dancers from Lingalayam who stuck to tradition while exploring the possibilities of form and movement, or Riley Lee, whose soul stirring performance on the shakuhachi showed you why he was the first non-Japanese grandmaster of the flute, each one of them worked in tandem to leave you amazed at the sheer dexterity and heart with which the show had been put together.” 

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Chennai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad: Australian-Indian nanotechnology pioneer visits India, October 2016


Australian-Indian nanotechnology expert  Professor Chennupati Jagadish, who was awarded Australia's highest civilian honour – the Companion of the Order of Australia was on a five-city tour of India in October. As part of the visit, Professor Jagadish delivered lectures at premier institutions in Chennai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Mumbai and Delhi – the Indian Institute of Technology - Madras, the Indian Institute of Technology - Delhi, Anna University, the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, the Indian Institute of Science and the University of Hyderabad. He also addressed the next generation aspiring scientists at various schools across the country.


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Bangalore: Space Expo 2016, September 2016

A Space Industry Association of Australia delegation comprising of Dr Alice Gorman from Flinders University, Mr Bill Barrett from Asia Pacific Aerospace Consultants, Mr Nick Moretti from Inovor and Mr Rob Debelle from Debelle Media Services attended India’s biggest space industry event - the Bangalore Space Expo and Conference from 1 – 3 September 2016. The Australian presence made a strong impact on the Indian space community and many delegates expressed surprise at and interest in the breadth and depth of Australia’s advanced space capabilities presented at the event.




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Chennai: Madras Week 2016, August 2016

The Australian Consulate-General, Chennai celebrated Madras Week this year with a series of events and activities around the city. 

Water Science: Journeys from Australia to Madras

In association with Anna University’s Centre for International Affairs, the Consulate organised a photographic exhibition from 22 – 27 August 2016 profiling Australia’s knowledge and expertise of water sciences, with a special focus on Chennai and its history in irrigation and water management. The exhibition was widely viewed by students and faculty from various departments in Anna University and from a number of colleges in the city.

‘HMAS Success’ docks in Chennai

The Royal Australian Navy’s combat logistics ship HMAS Success was in Chennai on a four-day goodwill visit from 23 – 25 August 2016. While in Chennai, the ship’s crew engaged in passage exercises with the Indian Navy ship and met with the Indian Coast Guards based in Chennai .







To commemorate the Madras Week Celebrations in the city, the crew played a friendly cricket match against the Prince of Arcot’s XI for the ‘Madras Week Australia-India Friendship Cup’. Some of the crew members also volunteered  for the Australian Consulate-General’s Direct Aid Program (DAP) and visited a local school (Olcott Memorial High School), interacted with the students, shared experiences of serving in the Royal Australian Navy,  distributed sports equipment and also played a game of volley ball with them.




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Chennai: Dr Kiran Mazumdar Shaw appointed as the ‘Australian Global Alumni Ambassador’, May 2016

Australia’s High Commissioner to India, Harinder Sidhu appointed Biocon Chairperson and Managing Director Dr Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw as an Australian Global Alumni Ambassador at a prestigious event in Bangalore.  Of twelve Australian Global Alumni Ambassadors, Dr Mazumdar-Shaw is the only Ambassador from India.









Chennai: ANZAC Day, April 2016 

Every year on ANZAC Day (25 April), Australians gather at services and ceremonies around the world to commemorate the bravery and sacrifice of men and women who have served their nation in times of war and conflict. The day marks the landing of Australian troops on the shores of Gallipoli which signified the start of Australian participation in World War I.

The Australian Consulate-General organised a Dawn Service on the occasion of ANZAC Day at the Madras War Cemetery, Nandambakkam Chennai. 



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Hyderabad: Australian Film Showcase, April 2016

The Australian Consulate-General organised the Australian Film Showcase in Hyderbad in early April 2016. The initiative was inaugurated with a Red Carpet Opening Dinner for senior guests from the film industry on the 1st of April. The Consulate-General also organised film screenings of 10 Australian films open to the public free of cost at PVR Cinemas Kukatpally, Hyderabad. The film screenings were inaugurated by Ms Amala Akkineni.





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Chennai: Workshop on Advancing Research cooperation between India and Australia, February 2016

Click here to read the Australian Consul-General's remarks at the Indo- Australia Workshop on Advancing Research Cooperation between India and Australia on Water Scarcity.


Chennai: Australia Day Celebrations,  January 2016

The Australian Consul-General to South India, Mr Sean Kelly, hosted the Australia Day dinner at his residence on 26 January 2016. Australian performers Edo Kahn and Appleonia performing for guests at the Australia Day Dinner.


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Kanyakumari: Spirit of India Run 2016, January 2016

Endurance runner and former Australian Member of Parliament Mr Pat Farmer began his 'Spirit of India Run' from Kanyakumari on Australia Day & Indian Republic Day- 26 January 2016. Over the next 60 days, Mr Farmer ran through 10 states along the country’s west coast passing through Kanyakumari, Kochi, Kasargod and Karwar. The focus of Mr Farmer’s run is on girls’ education and will raise funds for Mahindra Group’s Nanhi Kali initiative- an NGO that works to promote education for girl children.



The former MP, who was Parliamentary Secretary for Education, Science and Training from 2004 to 2007, ran from the North to the South Pole in 2011-12 and raised more than A$100,000 for Red Cross International’s clean water programs. In 2014, he ran more than 1300km in two weeks through the Middle East to raise money and awareness for peace initiatives in the region.







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Chennai: The Australian World Orchestra and Maestro Zubin Mehta in Chennai, October 2015 

The Australian World Orchestra (AWO) was formed in 2011 and features an all Australian symphony orchestra composed of some of the most successful Australian musicians from leading orchestras including the Berlin, Vienna and Israel Philharmonic orchestras, the Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and the Chicago and London Symphony orchestras.






The AWO was invited to tour India by the great Indian conductor, Zubin Mehta, following his performances in Australia with the orchestra in 2013.

The concert in Chennai, conducted by Maestro Mehta, featured music by Mozart, Rossini and Brahms, with a special guest performance by Australian soprano Greta Bradman, granddaughter of Australian cricket legend Sir Donald Bradman.







Chennai: Australian Minister for Trade and Investment, Hon Andrew Robb AO MP visit to Chennai,  October 2015

The Australian Consul-General to South India Mr Sean Kelly, Australian Trade and Investment Minister the Hon Andrew Robb AO MP and Dr Preetha Reddy, Managing Director Apollo Hospitals at the welcome dinner for the Australian World Orchestra and Maestro Zubin Mehta

The Australian Trade and Investment Minister the Hon Andrew Robb AO MP with Australian Celebrity Chef Adam D’Sylva who designed the menu for the Australian World Orchestra welcome dinner.





The Australian Trade and Investment Minister the Hon Andrew Robb AO MP interacting with a researcher at the Indian Institute of Technology- Madras Research Park.

The Australian Trade and Investment Minister the Hon Andrew Robb AO MP at the concert by the Australian World Orchestra led by Maestro Zubin Mehta at the Madras Music Academy on 28 October 2015.








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