India celebrates its 68th Independence Day
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.