8-year-old Gurmannat Kaur wins NSW award for artwork blending indigenous and Punjabi themes

Primary school student Gurmannat Kaur Grewal’s artwork, which is a combination of Punjabi and aboriginal arts has been c...

Primary school student Gurmannat Kaur Grewal’s artwork, which is a combination of Punjabi and aboriginal arts has been chosen for an award by the NSW Federation of Community Language Schools. The Federation caters to 30,000 students from 250 community language schools teaching over 82 languages in New South Wales.

8-year-old Gurmannat Kaur Grewal from Revesby Punjabi School took part in this year’s statewide artwork competition in the 5-8-year-old category. This year’s theme was ‘Celebrating your traditions in Australia by incorporating aboriginal art styles’.

The artwork made by Miss Grewal received the first prize in her age category, which was presented to her by the CEO of Multicultural NSW, Mr Joseph La Posta. Using the distinctive style of painting seen in aboriginal art, it depicts a turban (worn by many people of Punjabi origin) shaped like a boomerang, a Punjabi family, as well as some traditional Indian lamps...

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...‘All students should come forward to learn Punjabi at the Primary school level, before taking it up as a subject in high school’.

Miss Kamal told SBS Punjabi, ‘To develop and promote our mother tongue Punjabi further, everyone should come together’.

‘The Sydney Institute of Community Languages under the University of Sydney has received a grant of $7 million from NSW government to help community language schools develop their curricula, online portal, learning materials and other techniques’...

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