British Indians mark Republic Day with music, dance

British Indians mark Republic Day with music, dance
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This year, British Indians celebrate Republic Day as a prelude to the mega celebration of 75th Indian Independence Day – Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, which will be held in August. iGlobal scanned the length and breadth of the UK and found that communities are fully engaged in celebrating the Indian democracy and democratic values.

Here's a bird's eye view of how the diaspora is geared up to pay their respects to the country of origin, the constitutional democracy of India and the National Flag of India in all its glory.

London

Sanskruti Centre for Cultural Excellence,UK and the Nehru Centre, London – High Commission of India are marking Republic Day of India celebrations as part of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav series, titled Sanskruti Darshayaami. The program shall take place at The Bhavan in West Kensignton on Friday, January 28, from 6:30 pm onward and is open for all to attend.

Founder of Sanskruti Centre Ragasudha Vinjamuri says, "We are finally able to embark on venue-oriented events. The upcoming program highlights authentic and lesser-seen dance forms of India for audiences in the UK, such as Shondol dance of Ladakh, Nyishi dance of Arunachal Pradesh, Rabha dance of Assam, Gabar dance of Chhattisgarh, to name a few. One can experience the rich cultural diversity of India, with different diaspora members and community groups coming together to mark the occasion.

We extend our invitation to all to come and witness the vibrant cultural tapestry with exciting performances and presentations lined up."

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Southampton

One Community Hampshire & Dorset (OCHD) will celebrate the day with National Anthem, and Flag hoisting, followed by cultural events on January 26 from 10:30 am to 11:30 am at the Civic Centre, Southampton. Council members and community leaders will grace the event. Southampton Gurdwara is actively involved in the occasion as well.

Director and CEO of OCHD, Pritheepal Singh, said, "Preparations and rehearsals for the event are going on in full swing. We're expecting a decent community presence on the day. We're following all Covid safety protocols. I wish to extend a warm welcome to everyone who can physically be here in Southampton on the day to come and join us. On the 75th year of Independence, it is all the more important for the British Indians to keep our national spirit high."

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Edinburgh

Like every year, the Edinburgh Desi Ladies group is organising a unique celebration around Indian Republic Day. The event usually is held in the Soughton Park winter Garden, with tricolour themed food and decoration, cultural events and much more amidst a beautiful home-away-from-home ambience.

A key community member and admin of the Edinburgh Desi Ladies group, Manjari Singh said that, "Even when we're in Pardesh (foreign land), it gives me and all of us great pleasure to be able to create this family ambience bringing so many of us together. We're thankful to the council for allowing us to hold the Republic Day celebration in the beautiful venue of Soughton Park. Such celebrations give our kids a wonderful opportunity to get to know more about our roots and culture." A warm, passionate and well-loved community leader Manjri, plays a vital part in organising the event, which is free for all.

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Global platform

Healing Our Earth organised an online session on January 23 to celebrate Indian Republic Day 2022 with the motto of 'One Nation, One Vision, One Identity.

In the Indian Republic Day Satsang event, Dhruv Chhatralia BEM will be in conversation with Dr David Frawley and Eva Mendoza. They'll discuss the beautiful qualities of a Bharatiya (Indian) from the Vedic scriptures and how we can incorporate these qualities in our lives to spread love, light and wisdom to the world.

Dr David Frawley is a Padma Bhushan Indian National Award recipient, Author of over 20 books and renowned speaker on Hinduism. Eve Mendoza is renowned speaker, broadcaster and teacher on Mantra Shastra, the Vedanga and the Vedic Sciences. Dhruv Chhatralia BEM is a Queen's New Years Honours List Award Recipient, Author of 21 books and prominent speaker on Hinduism.

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