Thou­sands cel­e­brate In­dia’s day

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Thou­sands of peo­ple gath­ered at the mag­nif­i­cent Civic Theatre on Sun­day to take part in the colour­ful cel­e­bra­tions mark­ing In­dia’s 67th In­de­pen­dence Day.

The fes­tiv­i­ties were kicked off by the hoist­ing of the In­dian flag by High Com­mis­sioner Shri A K Pandey in Aotea Square and was fol­lowed by a cul­tural pa­rade and per­for­mances in the Civic.

The flag-rais­ing cer­e­mony takes place around the globe and is a nod to cel­e­bra­tions in Delhi where the Prime Min­is­ter hoists the national flag at the Red Fort be­fore de­liv­er­ing a speech.

The oc­ca­sion marks In­dia’s in­de­pen­dence from Bri­tish rule on Au­gust 15, 1947.

The Bhar­tiya Sa­maj Char­i­ta­ble Trust was re­spon­si­ble for or­gan­is­ing the Auck­land cel­e­bra­tions that this year drew about 3000 peo­ple, chair­man Jeet Suchdev says.

The trust has or­gan­ised the event for more than 15 years, but it is the first time it has been held at the Ro­cocode­signed Civic Theatre.

Mr Suchdev says the am­bi­ent theatre with its In­dian-in­spired mo­tifs was a great place to show­case a va­ri­ety of In­dian per­for­mances.

‘‘It was fan­tas­tic,’’ Mr Suchdev says. ‘‘The weather was so gor­geous and the crowd was like an ocean.

‘‘So many peo­ple were there to re­joice this great event.’’

The cel­e­bra­tions were at­tended by a num­ber of dig­ni­taries, in­clud­ing MPs Ju­dith Collins, David Shearer and Win­ston Peters.

Visit cen­tral leader. co.nz and click Lat­est Edi­tion to sam­ple some of the cul­tural per­for­mances from the day.

In the red: Burn­ima Mody of the Gu­jrati Sa­maj group gets into the swing of things.

Jam­ming: Bas­ant Mad­hur, Prashant Kumar and Pro­fes­sor S.D. Mad­hur share their mu­si­cal tal­ents with the mas­sive crowd.

Lively line: Dancers on stage at the 67th In­dia In­de­pen­dence Day cel­e­bra­tions of Cul­tural Per­for­mances at the Civic Theatre.

Cul­tural af­fair: Ana­suya Dasi is one of dozens of per­form­ers who graced the stage in re­gional cos­tumes.

Speeches: Leader of the NZ First Party Win­ston Peters was one of sev­eral dig­ni­taries who at­tended the event.

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