Reception in honour of Dr Kiran in Consulate General of India, Melbourne
On 17 April 2015, Dr Kiran entertained guests of the Indian Consulate of Melbourne, the Australia India Institute and the Australian Friends of Asha at a concert. Dr Kiran sang some beautiful soulful Lata Mangeshkar Bollywood songs from the ’60’s that were just loved by the audience. She was accompanied by renowned ghazal singer and music composer Vinod Kumar, who sang beautiful ghazals and an extremely difficult Indian classical Tarana in Raag Yaman that he rendered beautifully before a packed audience at the Indian Consulate.
Dr Kiran was welcomed by Consul General Manika Jain, who described the work in which Asha has been engaged over the last 25 years.
After the concert, Australian Friends of Asha board member Richard Leder invited Dr Kiran to speak about her work. Richard took the opportunity to mention some of the highlights of Dr Kiran’s visit to Australia, including meeting Australian Governor General Sir Peter Cosgrove, meetings with DFAT and other government departments, media interviews, meetings with politicians and with many supporters of Asha.
Richard also described Dr Kiran’s private meeting the previous week with his family. “We were in the foyer of Kiran’s hotel when Kiran saw a beautiful young girl. I can say that because it was my daughter. It was as if there was no one else around. Instantly she put my daughter at ease and made her feel like she was the most important person in the world. For all of the dignitaries that she met this, I felt, was the true Kiran. A wonderful, warm and generous person, who loves children and is constantly inspired by their beauty, their innocence, and their potential.”