Thousands Attend Panorama India’s Republic Day Celebration
A large number of VIPs - Ministers, MPs, MPPs and who’s who of the Indo-Canadian community attended Panorama India’s 66thRepublic day celebration on Sunday Feb 1, 2014 at the Pearson Convention Center, Brampton. Thousands of Indo-Canadians attended the event.
A beautiful display of a typical Gujarati village hut created by NatarajCultural Youth Organisation greeted the visitors at the entrance and reminded them of Mahatma Gandhi’s philosophy of nonviolence.
Several community organisations represented the various states of India like Canada Odisha Society, Marathi BhashikMandal, Uttarakhand, Uttarakhand, UPICA, Kannada Sangha, Tamilnadu Cultural Society, Konkani Association, Telugu Cultural Association, Goan Oversees association, CANOSA, Patanjali, Web Malayalee and many others. Canada India Foundation, Indo Canada Chamber of Commerce, IIT Alumni Canada and many of Panorama India’s sponsors and senior officials from CIBC, ICICI Bank, State Bank of India, Scotia Bankattended the Community reception to facilitate interaction with the VIPs and leading Indo-Canadians.
Ms.Anu Srivastava, Chair of Panorama India welcomed the guests on behalf of the board of directors of Panorama India and thanked the guests for their enthusiastic support. She said “Panorama India is the only umbrella organization that unites various Indian cultural associations and celebrates Unity in Diversity”.
Mr Akhilesh Mishra,Consul General of India in Torontowas the guest of honour and addressed the gathering. He highlighted the enthusiasm, dynamism and energy of the new government under leadership of Prime Minister NarendraModi. The distinguished guests included Hon.Chris Alexander, Minister of Citizenship & Immigration, Hon.BalGosalMinister of State (Sport), SenatorAsha Seth, Members of Parliament – Mr KyleSeeback, Mr Bob Dechert, MrWladyslawLizo and MsJudy Sgro. Greetings fromOntario Premier were conveyed by Liberal MPPs-MsAmritMangat, Mr Bob Delaney and MsIndira Naidoo-Harris. Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie also spoke at the event. The speakers highlighted the growing trade between India and Canada and the tremendous opportunities offered by India’s rise as an economic giant. A number of well-known Indo-Canadians were present including prominent businessman Mr Deepak Kumar who flew in from Yellowknife to specially celebrate this occasion and has committed his allegiance to Panorama India.
Panorama India celebrations highlightedthe diversity of India through many dance and musical performances and included a Folk Dance Competition, Drawing Competitionfor children, food court and Meena Bazaar with a variety of clothes, food, and jewelry booths. Audience enjoyed the professional Bharatnatyam performance, Roveena’s soulful rendition of NationalAnthem and the ever popular Panorama India Idol contest.
Ms Tanya Saxena, a talented Bharatnatyam dancer from New Delhi, India and a disciple ofPadmabhushanSarojaVaidyanathan gave an excellent Bharatnatyam performance.A highly enthusiastic group of performers from Newfoundland, Bollywood Jig presented exciting dances and gave impressive display of their skills.
The folk dance competition featured folk dances from Uttarakhand, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Kerala, Odisha, UP and Tamilnadu. SG Expressions who presented “Thiruvathirakali” a folk dance from Kerala won the competition followed by Tamilnady Cultural Society of Canada.
Panorama India Idol contest received tremendous response and received more than 50 applications. The preliminary rounds conducted at Don Bosco School, Etobicoke on 18th Januaryimpressed the judges with high quality performances from many participants.The top 3 selected in each category performed in front of the capacity crowd this keenly fought contest. The Junior Idol contest was won by SwarangVatve and SangeetaRanchandran was declared the winner in the Senior Idol contest. Leading personalities in the field of Music - Mr BijoyChakroborty, MsRasika Jog and MsManjulaSrikanth judged the Panorama India Idol contest.
Mr Rajesh Gupta, one of the event sponsorshanded over the prizes to the winners of the Panorama India Idol as well as the drawing competition.
Panorama India Chair Anu Srivastava concluded the event “We are poised to grow Panorama India and this is possible only with the continued support of sponsors, Panorama’s board and volunteers”.