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Toronto, Aug 20 (Canadian-Media): Panorama India, with the support of the Consulate General of India, Toronto hosted its 72nd Independence Day celebration and Grand Parade yesterday at Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto.
Nathan Phillips Square
This FREE community events offered something for all ages.
Before the event was officially announced around noon, the stage was filled with folk dances from different states of India singing of many patriotic songs, and yoga practice sessions.
Arjun Jasuja singing a patriotic song
The dignitaries present on this auspicious occasion were Dinesh Bhatia, Consul General of India Toronto, Seema Bhatia, Bollywood actor Jimmy Shergill, King of Bhangra, Malkit Singh, Indo-Canadian Singer Parichay, Arjun Jasuja, Kristy Duncan, Federal Science Minister and Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities.
Some members of parliament were also present at the ceremony.
The event was officially started Bhatia at 1 PM with the National Anthem.
After that Bhatia paid a tribute to the late Atul Bihari Vajpayee, former prime minister of India who passed away this week.
Following the observance of 1 minute silence Bhatia recited a poem composed by Vajpayee, in which Vajpayee had said that our country India would not accept any defeat.
Bhatia said that Indo-Canadians would forever remain Indians first and then Canadians even after they have spent decades in Canada.
Originally the festival was held at Yonge-Dundas Square, but the event outgrew the location and needed to move to City Hall and this year the event drew between 75,000 people to 80,000 people as opposed to last year's 60,000.
Bhatia said that the credit for this goes to the tireless efforts of Panorama India as well as to community members and the hard work of the volunteers.
He thanked Panorama India, under whose flagship the event was organized as well as all the community members and volunteers.
The media partners, Bhatia said, had also played a commendable role.
This year IBNSCanada Inc. is also previlidged to be the proud media partner of Panorama India.
While speaking with Anu Srivastava, the chair of Panorama India, she said that this coverage would be telecast live throughout Canada and that other provinces had also observed this event.
Anu Srivastava with Jimmy Shergill
Bhatia spoke highly of Baba Ram Dev and advocated his yoga practices among all Indo-Canadians.
The Grand Parade, marshaled by Bollywood actor Jimmy Shergill started at about 3 p.m. with about 20 floats from different states of India.
The parade started at Nathan Phillips Square, travelled west to University Ave., north to Dundas St., east to Yonge St., then south to Queen St. and back to City Hall.
The all-day program included performances by about more tha 300 local dancers and Panorama Idol singers.
Our International Marketplace and Meena Bazaar hosted a variety of unique clothes, food and jewelry booths. Other featured activities include a Lamborghini display and Kids Zone.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
All Images: courtesy of Asha Bajaj