Seven Indian-origin Australians have been honoured with country’s top honours for their significant contributions in the field of medicine, music, education and finance. The winners include four men and three women.
Among the winners, the Director of the Monash Alfred Psychiatry Research Centre Jayashri Kulkarni and Winita Hardikar received Member of the Order of Australia (OAM) for their contributions in field of medicine.
Jayshree Ramachandran, a Melbourne-based artist, was awarded the OAM for her service to performing arts through Indian music and dance at the award ceremony on Monday night.
Other Indian-origin Australians to be honoured were Shashi Kant Kochchar for his contribution towards the community through charitable initiatives and Arun Kumar for his significant service to the financial planning sector and to the community.
Canberra-based Krishna Dhana Nadimpalli received the recognition for his service to multi-culturalism while Brisbane-based Maha Sinnathamby received the OAM for his contribution to the property industry and the community.
It may be mentioned here that as part of the Queen’s Birthday Award ceremonies, over 1,000 Australians around the country were honoured.