In­dia cel­e­brates its 68th In­de­pen­dence Day

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The In­dian com­mu­nity in Thim­phu cel­e­brated their 68th In­de­pen­dence Day at the In­dian House com­plex last Fri­day. The pro­gram be­gan by the host­ing of the In­dian Na­tional flag.

The In­dian Am­bas­sador to Bhutan Mr. Gau­tam Bam­bawale read out the mes­sage of the Pres­i­dent of In­dia, Pranab Mukher­jee ‘s ad­dress to the na­tion which was de­liv­ered on the eve of the In­de­pen­dence Day.

“Stag­nant minds cre­ate im­mo­bile sys­tems which be­come road­blocks to growth. In­dia de­mands creative think­ing in gov­er­nance that en­ables fast­track devel­op­ment and en­sures so­cial har­mony. The na­tion has to be placed above par­ti­san im­pulses. The peo­ple come first.” the pres­i­dent‘s ad­dress to the na­tion said.

Af­ter that the rep­re­sen­ta­tive of His Majesty, Gyalpoi Zim­pon of­fered Tashi Khad­dar to the In­dian Am­bas­sador. The for­eign sec­re­tary, cabi­net sec­re­tary and other se­nior officials at­tended the func­tion.

In the evening, a cul­tural pro­gram of Odissi led by renowned Ms. Pampi Paul was per­formed at the In­dia House au­di­to­rium. The event was at­tended by the mem­bers of the Royal fam­ily, Prime Min­is­ter, other se­nior govern­ment officials and mem­bers from the In­dian Com­mu­nity.

Odissi is one of the eight clas­si­cal dance forms of In­dia. It orig­i­nated in the tem­ples of the state of Odisha in Eastern In­dia. The ear­li­est men­tion of this dance style in the name of Odra- nritya is found in Natyasash­tra writ­ten be­tween sec­ond cen­tury BC and sec­ond cen­tury AD.

As a part of the cel­e­bra­tion the Nehru – Wangchuk Cul­ture Cen­tre in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the In­dian Coun­cil for Cul­tural Re­la­tions or­ga­nized the Odissi at the Har­mony vil­lage in the DYS com­plex yes­ter­day. The toupe will per­form at the Royal In­sti­tute of Man­age­ment hall in Sem­tokha at 6.15 pm to­day.

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