With growing zeal of Toronto's Indian diaspora, Panorama India Day Festival & Grand Parade to exceed last year's number
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Toronto, Aug 19 (Canadian-Media): Panorama India's India Day Festival and Grand Parade, with support from Consulate General Of India, Toronto was held yesterday at Nathan Phillips Square, downtown, Toronto, Ontario.
From L-R: Anu Srivastava, Lara Dutta, Shaifullah Khan, Mrs. Khan, Nina Tangri, Rajan Sawhney
The all day event from 10 am to 10 pm to celebrate India’s culture and heritage presented patriotic songs and dance performances and included an international bazaar with varied kiosks exhibiting fashion, jewellery, handicrafts, Indian cuisine. There was a Live concert by renowned Punjabi superstar Garry Sandhu and a parade of several floats with Bollywood actress and Miss Universe 2000 Lara Dutta, the grand marshall of the parade.
The event started with the speech of Anu Srivastava, Chair/President of Panorama India who said to the audience that this year's gathering in India Day Festival and Parade, supported by the Consulate General of India, Toronto is expected to exceed last year's number. This celebration marks the rich cultural heritage of India with several floats and the presence of 400 local artists from various diverse range to depict the diversity in unity of India's heritage. She acknowledged the hard work of all her staff, contributions of various community organizations, public relations personnel, and the volunteers with their dedication. She extended her special thanks to the Toronto Police volunteers for being responsible for maintenance of law and order in the present event.
Saifullah Khan, acting Counsel General of India, Toronto said to the audience that the growing zeal that Toronto's Indian diaspora are presenting, this year's gathering in India Day Festival and Parade is expected to exceed last year's number. Indian population in Canada has grown to 1.9 million which is about 5.6 percent of the total population in Canada, with the largest number of Indians from Punjab followed by Gujarat and then the rest of the communities. Panorama India connects to a a rich cultural heritage, with multicultural dance performances, patriotic songs, classical music and with wide variety of Indian cuisine. He conveyed to the large gatherings the message from President of India, which stated that People of India are simple and that the Indian diaspora in Canada are the true representation of Indian simplicity.
Member of parliament, Nina Tangri greeted the audience on this auspicious event on behalf of Doug Ford, premier of Ontario. She said Canada, with nearly 700,000 people with roots in India, is the best place to live and work. She also said that India is one of the fastest growing economy of the world.
Member of Legislative Assembly of Calgary north-east, Rajan Sawhney greeted the audience on behalf of Jason Kenney, Premier of Alberta and said if she was not proud to be an Albertan, she would definitely think of settling down in Ontario. She praised the work of all the participants of the culture program and congratulated the large gathering for their unwavering patriotism and added they should always keep alive the rich cultural heritage of India.
Lara Dutta, renowned Bollywood actress and recipient of Miss Universe 2000 award, greeted all the Torontonians and said she is full of gratitude for their love in inviting her for this ceremony from all the way from Mumbai. She always feels at home whenever she comes to Toronto. Nineteen years back when she was crowned as Miss Universe India 2000. During the announcement her name was not mentioned; instead it said the winner of 2000 Miss Universe contest goes to India. This was an incredible moment for her and she was filled up with immense pride. At this announcement all the Indians present stood up and paid homage to India. Before concluding her speech she thanked all the elders for their blessings and for the younger generation born and brought up in Canada but with roots of India she said, "India is not a country that is poised to be great, it is well on its way to greatness."
After the conclusion of all the speeches, official magazine of Panorama India was launched followed by the parade with the several floats.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
Toronto, Aug 17 (Canadian-Media): Consulate General of India, Toronto office hosted a reception dinner on 15th Aug at Pearson Convention Centre, Mississauga to celebrate the 73rd Independence Day of India.
Several dignitaries, including Doug Ford, the Premier of Ontario, Patrick Brown, the Mayor of Brampton, Kathleen Wynne, Member of Provincial Parliament for Don Valley West, were present among the gathering of nearly 200 people.
Saifullah Khan, the acting Consul General of India, Toronto said that this day is observed to pay tribute to the fallen soldiers who fought for the independence of India. He also informed the audience of the forthcoming Independence Day parade to be held at the downtown, Toronto on Aug 18, hosted by Panorama India, and added that with the support of his office the parade this year is expected to be participated by more than 75,000 people.
Khan also informed the audience that his office would be observing on Oct 2nd, the 150th Birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, the Father of the Nation.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
Toronto, Aug 15 (Canadian-Media): The celebration of the 73rd Independence Day of India began yesterday at the office of the Consulate General of India, Toronto at 10 am by flag hoisting ceremony by Saifullah Khan, the acting Consul General of India, Toronto.
More than 200 people had gathered at the office of the Consulate General of India, Toronto to celebrate India's Independence Day.
After extending the 73rd Independence Day greeting to all the Indo-Canadian community gathered there, Saifullah Khan read the greeting message from the president of India, Ram Nath Kovind. Kovind in his message had said that on India's Independence Day Celebration we pay homage to the heroic struggle and sacrifices made by the Indians to get freedom for India.
The Consul General of India, Toronto would also celebrate the 150th birth anniversary of Gandhiji, also called Mahatma Gandhi and the father of nation, on October 2, 2019. He was the guiding light of the world and with his selflessness, unarmed and peaceful revolution he had laid down his life for the betterment of not only India bu the whole humanity.
The sustainability and ecological stability in the world, to a large extent, his constant efforts of Gandhiji to better the world have earned the respect from millions of people in the world. Gandhiji's struggle for freedom was not only in freeing the country from slavery. His motive was to improve the quality of life of the Indians. The visible impact are the present development in the infrastructure as well as policies which strive to give equal rights to girls and women of India, whether they are mothers, housewives or professionals.
Kovind's message highlighted on institutionalization of our culture and philosophy, specially in its grassroot levels. India's success in the space science should be aligned with its empathy with nature and policies of climate change should be the prioritized.
Saifullah Khan then informed the audience that with the help of Consulate General of India, Toronto, Panorama India Parade for India's Independence day is expected to reach more than 75,000.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
Panorama India presents India’s Culture and Heritage at India’s Independence Day Celebrations on Sunday, August 18, 2019
Toronto, Aug 09 (Canadian-Media): Over 70,000 people are expected to converge at Toronto’s Nathan Philips Square on Sunday, August 18, 2019 to celebrate the 20th Annual India Day Festival and Grand parade, media reports said.
Panorama India, with the support of Consulate General of India, will host the daylong event to celebrate India’s culture and heritage and present music and dance performances, a kid’s zone and an international bazaar with varied kiosks exhibiting fashion, jewellery, handicrafts and an array of food. The all-day program includes a Live concert by renowned Punjabi superstar Garry Sandhu and performances by local dancers and Panorama Idol singers
“This free community event will gather thousands of people to celebrate India’s 72nd Independence Day anniversary,” says Anu Srivastava, president of Panorama India. “Our mandate is to bring together the local Indian community through the celebration of Unity in Diversity There will be a 100 community organizations participating who will bring their unique colour, music, dance and culture to celebrate this momentous occasion.”
The event kicks off with the Opening Ceremony at 12:30 pm followed by the Grand Parade, marshalled by Lara Dutta, Bollywood actor and Miss Universe 2000. According to organizers, the grand parade will have 20 floats representing the various States of India put together by the diverse number of cultural groups in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).
The parade will begin at University Avenue and Armoury Streets at Nathan Phillips Square, go North to Dundas, East to Yonge Street, South to Queen Street and conclude at Nathan Philips Square.
The Indian Consul General in Toronto and Premier Doug Ford will be on hand to celebrate the India Day event with participation from several political dignitaries from all levels of government.
What: India Day Festival and Grand Parade with Performances, Food, Festivities and Grand Bazaar with several kiosks displaying food, jewellery, fashion and much more!
What: Grand Parade to begin at University Avenue and Armoury Streets at Nathan Phillips Square, go North to Dundas, East to Yonge Street, South to Queen Street and conclude at Nathan Philips Square.
When: Sunday, 18 August, 2019 from 12:30 pm - 10pm
Where: Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto
Why: To Celebrate India’s 72nd Independence Day anniversary through Heritage and Culture
Attendance: Over 70,000 people
ABOUT PANORAMA INDIA:
Panorama India is a not-for-profit umbrella organization to help unite various Indian cultural associations and groups, project a common identity based on their Indian heritage, and celebrate Unity in Diversity. Established in 1999 with the support from Consulate General of India, Toronto, the organization has a mandate around three pillars - Celebrate, Collaborate and Educate.
Panorama India provides a platform for all Indian cultural associations, groups, and individuals to exhibit and showcase arts and culture. The organization also fosters a better understanding between India and Canada and is proud to build bi-lateral relations with India and Canada through culture.
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Toronto, Aug 4 (Canadian-Media): The grand parade of the 52nd anniversary of Carribean Carnival was welcomed by the Torontonians, when masqueraders in colourful costumes as made their way from the assembly area at Exhibition Place along Lake Shore Boulevard, Toronto, media reports said.
A Masquerader takes part in Toronto's Caribbean Carnival festival on Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019/Facebook
Caribbean Carnival is the term used in the English speaking world for a series of events throughout almost the whole year taking place in many of the Caribbean islands annually and worldwide.
The Toronto Caribbean Carnival, commonly called Caribana and Caribanafest, is a festival of Caribbean culture and traditions held each summer in the city of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Held since the late 1960s, Toronto’s Caribbean Carnival is considered as one of the North America’s largest street festivals, attracting more than 1.3 million people each year from around the globe.
In an effort to send a message about body positivity, a group of topless women took part in Toronto Caribbean Carnival’s parade .
Toronto Mayor John Tory, a regular participant in the festivities, could not participate this year, as he recovers from surgery on his Achilles tendon.In a tweet earlier on Saturday, Tory sent best wishes to all those enjoying the festivities.
After a night of pomp and glory, The parade came to end.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
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Toronto, Aug 3 (Canadian-Media): Oakville Diwali committee, in support of the Oakville Hospital Foundation, is once again organizing Oakville’s largest South Asian gala, 2019 Oakville Diwali Gala on Sept 20 of this year from 6:30 pm – 12:00 am, at Lakeshore Convention Centre, 806 Southdown Road Mississauga, ON, media reports said.
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“Having fundraised over a million dollars in five years for Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital, Oakville Diwali is all set for their 6th Annual Gala Dinner. Come and celebrate Oakville Diwali in a Bollywood meets Hollywood style evening with cocktails from an open bar. Titillate your palate with The Host’s tasty appetizers and sumptuous Indian Family style dinner and enjoy exciting performances by Canada’s #1 Bollywood Dance Company, Broken Dance. Pop the balloon in the Balloon Burst to win some excellent gifts and place your bids in the Live Auction for the chance to win an adventurous trip, and many more elite prizes! Donate to your heart’s content for Cause within a Cause and help a seriously injured person to recover and change his life forever. Do not forget to bring your dancing slippers to dance away the night until you drop with DJ Jiten’s music.” – Rekha Sharma, Chair, Oakville Diwali.
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The expansion of the surgical program in putting essential equipment in the hands of Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital (OTMH) caregivers, would be benefited directly by this year’s event.
The main motive of Oakville Hospital Foundation (OHC) striving to raise more funds is to enhance OTMH's surgical program and the need of more surgeons and new operating rooms to provide better care and exemplary patient experiences to the Oakville community patients.
Entertainment, silent auction and live auction, cause-within-a-cause, live music, DJ and dancing, delicious food and open bar for the attendees are some of the features which would be brought about by the red-carpet gala.
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Ottawa, July 23 (Canadian-Media): The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement on the anniversary of Black July:
“Today, we remember the thousands of Tamil people who lost their lives and the countless others who were displaced from their homes during the 1983 anti-Tamil pogroms in Sri Lanka.
“Black July was a week of violent riots and horrific destruction that followed decades of unrest and rising tensions in the country. It led to a conflict that lasted 26 years, killing tens of thousands more people and leaving lasting wounds in communities across Sri Lanka.
“Thanks in large part to the advocacy of Tamil-Canadians, Canada implemented a Special Measures program in 1983 to welcome more than 1,800 Tamils. We see the resiliency of Tamil-Canadians in the tremendous contributions they make to Canada every day.
“I extend my deepest sympathies to all those who suffered and lost family, friends, and neighbours during Black July and the conflict that followed. Canada continues to offer its full support to those working toward meaningful justice, accountability, peace, and reconciliation in the country.”
Newfoundland & Labrador, Jul 01 (Canadian-Media): Official launch of the celebrations of Canada’s 152nd birthday was held today with Sunrise Event at Signal Hill National Historic Site, overlooking St. John’s harbour and the Atlantic Ocean, media reports said.
The Canada Day Sunrise Salute event at Signal Hill National Historic Site originally started in the 1980s by the St. John’s Jaycees.
Signal Hill National Historic Site
“Canada Day provides the opportunity for all Canadians to reflect on the values and principles that shape our great country and define our national identity...Canadians to come together and connect with our shared culture and heritage," said Nick Whalen, Member of Parliament for St. John’s East.
A special commemoration was held for the 103rd anniversary of the opening day of the Battle of the Somme during the First World War July 1, 1916 when the Royal Newfoundland Regiment were assaulted on the German line near Beaumont Hamel, France.
Special live coverage of today's Canada Day ceremony would be done by CBC from Parliament Hill 11 a.m.-2 p.m. ET (8 a.m.-11 a.m. PT) This special live coverage will also air globally via CBC News Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.
In her recorded message marking the occasion Governor General Julie Payette says "we are a land of four solid seasons and it is not a little rain or a little snow that will stop us."
Rich and varied heritage of our nation is reflected by Parks Canada’s 171 national historic sites, located in every province and territory, including Signal Hill, and provide an opportunity for Canadians to learn more about our diverse history.
With a Parks Canada Discovery Pass, families and groups have unlimited opportunities to visit our incredible national parks, national historic sites, and national marine conservation areas throughout the year. Parks Canada also continues to offer free admission to new Canadian citizens for one year through the Institute for Canadian Citizenship’s Canoo mobile app.
“Parks Canada’s places represent the very best that Canada has to offer and tell stories of who we are, including the history, cultures, and contributions of Indigenous peoples. On Canada Day, admission is free throughout our national parks and national historic sites...There is no better way to celebrate our beautiful country than to immerse yourself in the heart of our country’s exceptional nature and history. Happy Canada Day!,” said Catherine McKenna,
Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada
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Ottawa, Jun 27 (Canadian-Media): In a statement issued on Canadian Multiculturalism Day, Justin Trudeau, Canada's Prime Minister said this day is observed to celebrate the values of respect, openness, courage and compassion, which set Canada apart and making it the best places in the world to live, media reports said.
Trudeau emphasized that "We must all continue to learn about each other, embrace our diversity, and celebrate what it is to be Canadian – while learning from the mistakes in our past, and making sure never to repeat them...Whoever we are and wherever we come from, we all bring something unique and important to Canada."
"Today, and every day" said Trudeau we should celebrate multiculturalism and recognize the invaluable contributions made by Canadians.
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Toronto, Jun 14 (Canadian-Media): In honor of the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, a tree plantation ceremony was organized by Dinesh Bhatia, Consul General of India, Toronto, and David Agnew, president at Seneca College Newnham Campus, Toronto, Ontario on June 12 at 2 pm.
Other members present at the ceremony were staff from Dinesh Bhatia's office, Prashant Srivastava, Director, South Asia Seneca International, and a delegation of 47 Government of India officers from the National Institute of Financial Management (NIFM) Faridabad undergoing international training at Seneca College.
Tree Plantation ceremony at Seneca College by David Agnew (left) & Dinesh Bhatia (right)
After this tree plantation ceremony everyone proceeded to the lecture hall. Prashant Srivastava in his introductory speech said that Mahatma Gandhi, popularly known as the Father of India, had inspired many international leaders such as Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King Jr. with his teachings and his life and considered him as their mentor. Prashant then added Gandhi’s teaching of non-violence resonated not only in India but throughout the world.
David Agnew was next invited to present his views. He said Gandhi was an inspiring teacher and his teachings are universal. He said he was honored with the art of celebration of tree plantation ceremony at Seneca College. He acknowledged Dinesh’s contribution to the growth of the India-Seneca College collaboration. From his very first day as Consul General India, Toronto, tens of thousands of Indian students reached out to Bhatia. He added that Dinesh had given a brief exposure of Canada and a large exposure of the Indo-Canadian community. He also said Prashant’s program was extraordinary not only in the class but also culturally. In the end, he gave the message to the NIFM students that they should live each day as if they are going to die tomorrow.
David Agnew addressing the NFIM students
Dinesh in his speech welcomed NIFM students and said that sometimes events in our lives happen differently to what we plan but we should always be acceptable and adaptable to different circumstances and thankful to God that whatever happens is for our betterment and that is what life is. He said the NIFM students’ main purpose is to observe and take the best practice from Toronto back to their system in India and improvise their country. They should spread knowledge and create a social understanding of the people around them and make their country even greater. He added that all of us have a responsibility towards the govt of India.
Dinesh Bhatia addressing the NFIM students
It was announced after these speeches that more short term courses of three-week duration would be introduced in Seneca College. Of these three weeks, two weeks would be done in India and one week in Seneca, Toronto. The introduction of these new courses would provide opportunities for all the NFIM students present there to come again in Toronto.
Dinesh Bhatia then joined David Agnew to award certificates and felicitate 47 NFIM students present there, on their successful completion of international training at Seneca College.
David Agnew and Dinesh Bhatia presenting certificates to NFIM students.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)