September 25, 2023 Vol 1, No.3
Janaki Ganapathy

NRISA will be conducting ‘Be Connected Week’ commencing from Sunday October 15, 2023 at Bent Street Hall followed by online program via zoom from 16 to 21 October 2023. As per previous years, we have an interesting line up of events like Antakshari, Bingo, Kavi samellan, magic show and other events. Details of the events will be sent out to all members. We hope that you will all participate in the events and make it a big success.

We are also conducting face to face Be Connected Digital Learning classes at Bent Street Hall, Northcote from Sunday October 1, 2023 from 12 noon to 1 PM. The classes will be held on first and third Sunday of the month. Members interested in participating may please register with Mr Baikunth Nath at

As part of digital literacy program, Yarra Plenty Regional Library (YPRL) is conducting sessions to introduce seniors to use internet services to access MyGov, Services Australia and other Government websites. They are also teaching seniors how to feel safe from scams and protect your privacy while using the internet. Members who are interested in participating in the program may get in touch with Mr Santosh Kumar and we can organise a session for NRISA members.

Line Dancing classes will now be held on first Sunday of the month from 10.45 to 12 noon at Bent Street Hall, Northcote.

NRISA has received an invitation from the Mental Health Foundation Australia (MHFA) for members to join as a speaker or in the panel representing NRISA in the Multicultural Senior’s Mental Health Conference to be held on Wednesday 25th October, 2023 at Box Hill Town Hall. The theme of the program is “Celebrating Diversity, Healing Together.” Interested members may register by clicking on the following link.

NRISA will be conducting their Annual General Meeting to discuss the accounts and celebrating Diwali at Spirit of India on November 19, 2023. Preparations for the event are in full swing. Please keep the date free to attend. It will be a fun filled event. More details to follow closer to the event.

August 9, 2023, Vol 1, No.2                                                        Janaki Ganapathy


The Indian Film Festival of Melbourne (IFFM) will be conducting a flag hoisting ceremony on Saturday 12th August 2023 at 10am at The Peppercorn Lawn, Alexandra Gardens in the city. This year, Shabana Azmi will be hoisting the Indian Flag. It will be followed by a dance competition. Both events are open to public. The Alexandra gardens is about three minutes walk from Flinders Street station.

NRISA will also be celebrating 76 years of Indian Independence on August 20th, 2023 at Bent Street Hall, Northcote. This event has received tremendous response and we are looking forward to celebrate together with the NRISA family.

IFFM has also got various movies which are being broadcast online or shown in cinemas. You can log on to their website to see the movies which are being showcased in various Indian regional languages.


Jean Hailes Women’s Health week will be held from 4 to 8 September 2023. This program will feature new resources and information on hormones, PCOS, menopause, cervical screening, heart health, nutrition etc. Their website has information on various women’s health issues under Health Resources which will be valuable to NRISA members. The Health Resources tab is under Host an event tab on their website, link to which is given below. The website also has information of various events which are being organised during the Women’s Health Week. Registrations to these events can be done individually.


NRISA will be organising a cruise on the Yarra river in September 2023. Please look out for our email detailing the event.


An article on Mr Charan Dassji, one of the members of  NRISA family has appeared in IndianLink. Please see link below. (Press “Ctrl” key to activate link. If there is a problem, copy the link and paste into your browser) charan-dass-melbourne-indian-senior-community/


Be connected is a free Australian Government initiative helping Australian Seniors get the confidence to go online and stay connected using modern communication methods. We have conducted this program in the past and many of our members have benefitted. We will be starting this program once again at Bent Street Hall, Northcote and it will be held on first Sunday of the month. Please lookout for our email for further details.


Line dancing classes are going on in full swing at Bent Street Hall, Northcote. The sessions are held on first Saturday of the month from 11 am to 12.30 pm. We have organised sound system and have got access to screen facilities so that we can see the dance demonstrations. The session held in August was very enjoyable and we have learnt how to dance to Staying Alive, Nut Bush and Being Alive. All members are welcome to join these sessions and enjoy line dancing.


For those of you who are planning to get into aged care facilities, please see the steps – in the chart below – that you need to follow for entry into aged care. 

June 2023 Vol 1


New initiatives are being taken by NRISA Executive Committee to provide you frequent information about forthcoming programs, highlighting these events, and other related activities of interest to NRISA family members. One of the highlights of NRISA management has been transparency in NRISA affairs, and this newsletter will further help in achieving the same objective.

NRISA was established in January 2008 with an initiative of a handful of members, and that has grown to over 250 strong family members. This growth is a reflection all past Presidents and Executive Committees and the current Executive Committee is following the same path paved by them.

Your contributions to this newsletter are welcome. I want to congratulate all members who have come forward to bring to new initiatives and I look forward to your support in making their initiatives a success. You all can make NRISA a vibrant association, for which we all can be proud off.

With the increase of the NRISA membership, it was natural to provide more activities rather than only 1 in the month which usually is on the 3rd Sunday.

We are trying to have interesting sessions on the 1st Saturday of every month from 11 am to 12.30 pm in the Bent Street Senior Citizen Hall at Northcote. There will be other programs on different dates and venues.

Those NRISA members who wish to participate in the activities mentioned in the newsletter may note the event dates and timings and contact the concerned person.

NRISA aims to provide you best service. Your comments and feedback are welcome.


Santosh has kindly offered to teach us Line Dancing. He has been doing line dancing for many years and has agreed to teach us free of charge. It is an excellent exercise and he guarantees that you will be coming back for more. We have had two sessions so far and have learnt how to dance to Tina Turner song Nutbush, a well-known dance in Australia. Sessions are held at Northcote hall, Bent Street on first Saturday of the month for one hour commencing from 11am. Please come and give it a try. Please wear proper shoes and clothing that will help you move about freely.

If we receive a good response, the sessions will be followed by some zoom sessions which you can participate from home. This is just a start and if it takes on, we can extend the sessions to include other activities.




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Sutr Santati is an exhibition celebrating India through textiles and is on at Melbourne Museum, 11 Nicholson Street, Carlton, VIC 3053. Tickets cost $20 for seniors and $10 for concessional card holders. The timings are from 9am to 5pm daily. The exhibition will be on till September. We are planning to see the exhibition on Saturday 17 June 2023 at 11am. Interested members may join us directly at the venue. You can look up the museum website to see how to get there.


We are planning to make bookings to see the following movies which are being released on June 29 2023. The sessions will be on Tuesday July 4, 2023 in the afternoon. Following venues have been identified and depending on the response we will book the tickets

Hindi movie SPY – secret about Subash Chandra Bose’s death (Hoyts Northland or Greensborough)

Punjabi movie Carry On Jatta 3 (Hoyts Chadstone or Highpoint)

Tickets cost $19.50 for seniors. Since the sessions are on weekdays, customers of RACV, Optus and Telstra can avail of discounted tickets.

Please let us know which movie and location you would like to attend by emailing