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Global Arts Foundation Victoria Inc aims to increase community participation in multicultural Melbourne life and share the cultural and traditional values among the new generations. The organisation`s goal is to create an environment that fosters the artistic, intellectual and personal growth for the younger generation across multiple ethnic backgrounds preparing them for successful and productive lives

We are a not for profit organisation, striving to provide a platform for young generations to showcase their artistic talents and break down the traditional boundaries increasing cross-cultural awareness.

The organisation has capitalized on ‘World Dance Day’ each year since 2015 to showcase multiple art forms and provide a platform for budding local and international artists

OUR MISSION

Our aim is to foster cross-cultural awareness across communities by organizing programs that will showcase different dance styles and provide a platform for local and international artists to enrich cultural participation across multicultural Victoria

 

ABOUT DANCE MELA EVENT: 

Dance, being a central part of every culture, constitutes the ideal means for bringing together people from different countries. The intent of Dance Mela is to provide the opportunity for the dance community to share their passion for dance and to increase the awareness of the importance of dance among the general public. 

Through this annual event we would like to engage young talents in the liveliest manner to promote reciprocal knowledge and respect for diversity

 

AIMS OF THE ORGANISATION

  • To act as a body working to promote Indian fine arts

     
  • To work with students to create awareness of various art forms and promote art appreciation

     
  • To work with Global artistes to help showcase their talent in Victoria and act as a bridge to assist bring communities together

     
  • To work with other communities or Arts Institutions to help generate mutual understanding and respect within the multicultural arts domain

     
  • Aim to promote harmony through arts

     
  • To reach wider audience through its engagements including outer suburbs and Regional Victoria

     
 

OUR TEAM

Mrs. Rita Marar

Committee Member

Mrs. Mala

Committee Member

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Mrs. Lakshmi Gopinathan

Committee Member

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Ms. Varsha

Event Co-ordinator

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Ms.Tanvi Oza

Event Co-ordinator

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Vidya Satish

Event Co-ordinator

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Mrs. Mrudula Rao

Treasurer

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Meghala Bhat

Secretary

Meghala Bhat is a leading performing artist and teacher in the Indian classical dance form of Bharatanatyam and Yoga (Ashtanga Vinyasa) in Melbourne, Australia. She has been the chief architect in the creation of GAFV and has been instrumental in driving multicultural awareness across Victoria through her various involvements and initiatives.

Meghala was featured in Michel Lawrence’s project “Indian Aussies” which was officially launched in Delhi and Melbourne during the Commonwealth Games 2010 to celebrate the lives of the more than 300,000 Indians who have made Australia their home. She has to her credit of being the only Indian artiste to have performed at the Global Dialogue Foundation held in Melbourne in collaboration with the United Nations in the presence of its High Representative for Alliance of Civilizations – Mr Jorge Sampaio (formerPresident of Portugal).

Meghala has held the position of the founding Secretary and Advisor for Dance in FIMDV (Federation of Indian Music and Dance -Victoria) and was instrumental in bringing together several dance and music institutions and conducting the Festival of Indian Fine Arts. She is an active participant within the Australian-Indian community and has played a strong role in regular undertakings with an aim to share traditional and cultural awareness among new generations in multicultural Victoria. 

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Mrs. Gilian Abrahim

Vice President

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Sagar Hirasave

President

Sagar Hirasave has been involved in the Music and Dance landscape for the past two decades and has been involved in multiple art communities across Australia and India. His aim is to try and use GAFV as a vehicle to provide the opportunity for the dance community to share their passion and to increase the awareness among the multicultural community and utilise this to propogate cross-cultural ties.

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