Added on : 2019-09-30 11:38:52
(By Meeta Bhatt, London)
On Sunday 29th September 2019, Indian diaspora celebrated the 73rd Indian Independence Day in London amidst very British weather.
India Day UK & NRI platform and Indian community organisations organised the event where a number of cultural organisations performed including Bhartiya Vidya Bhavan-the centre for Indian Arts and culture, West Kensington.
Budding artists as young as 10 year olds, exhibited their Dance & music talents, creating a beautiful cultural atmosphere at Osterley Sports Ground.
Indian diaspora travelled from near and far to be part of the Independence Day celebrations.
The stage rocked with colourful performances that had origins from various regions of India such as Kashmir, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram, Rajasthan, Tamilnadu, Punjab, Gujarat & Orissa.
Despite of adverse weather, the combination of the audience, the artists and enthusiastic compering from two very spirited presenters smashed the event.
Indian diaspora showed its strong bonds with India and thrilled the audience with beautiful classical dance performances of Odissi, Bharatnatyam, Kathak, Semi-classical, Bollywood, folk, meditational calming dance and also with melodious instrumental music.
Complimentary mouthwatering vegetarian cuisine, spread the aroma and filled the breeze with a multitude of scrumptious flavours ranging from Chholey Bhatura, Samosa chat, Gulab Jamun, Hyderabadi Biryani, vegan walnut cake, Swaminarayan Khichdi, pakoras, Pilao rice etc.
Stalls representing regions, faith, & wellbeing created a warm homely feeling for the British Indian souls longing to fill the cultural void of their origins.
The event was supported by the Indian High commission, UK.
Ruchi Ghanshyam -The High commissioner of India graced the occasion, alongside Manmeet Singh Narang- Minister of coordination.
Also present were Virendra Sharma- Chair, Indo- British All Party Parliamentary Group.
Many community leaders attended the event and it was telecasted live by MATV( Sky UK- 793).
Terrain leading to the car park of the event was very rough and muddy, however that didn’t deter the Indian spirit which soared high & made the event very successful.