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Toronto, Aug 18 (Canadian-Media): A two day digital celebration of India's 74th Independence Day on August 15th and 16th, 2020, the biggest ever digital celebration of India Day with the first ever curated virtual grand parade was organized by Panorama India with the support of Consulate General of India, Toronto.
India Day 2020. Image credit: Panorama India site.
"We are proud to share our new edition that we have created for the future. We are proud to have created a tag line, 'Mera India. Hamara India, for Panorama India", said Sumeeta Kohli, Co-chairperson of Panorama India.
The opening ceremony of India Day 2020 was marked with the National Anthems of both Canada and India followed by welcoming speech by Sumeeta Kohli, remarks from Apoorva Srivastava, and High Commissioner of India, and special messages by VIP and dignitaries, greetings from Panorama Board of Directors, and from Bollywood celebrities.
In her welcoming speech, Sumeeta Kohli said, "We built an online infrastructure that now allows multiple community groups to come together and celebrate. Panorama India’s goal is to provide partnership and build a platform to enable diverse Indo-Canadians to showcase their talent and bridge Indo-Canadian relations to the celebration of culture. Panorama India began as a cultural art on behalf of the Indian outlet. But today it has become a universal platform that propagates the idea that India and Canada can get together.... We want to thank all the Bollywood celebrities, Manoj Joshi, Indian Film and TV actor, Sachin Khedkar, Indian actor, sports personalities, Indian cricketers, Sunil Gavaskar, and Yuvraj Singh, Aditya Dhar, Indian Writer and director of the film Uri, to have made special presentation throughout the celebration and serve our grand parade marshals. " and added,
"Over the next two days you will see over 100 artists before for each of the art segment and the cultural segment. "
Apoorva Srivastava, Consul General of India, in her remarks thanked Sumeeta Kohli, other members of the board of directors, as well as the community members in this first ever virtual celebration of India Day 2020 and Grand Parade Celebrations and added,
India-Canada partnership has strengthened and diversified over the years...India and Canada are natural alliances. Canada has for years welcomed people from India and offered them an opportunity to nourish and prosper. The 1.6 million strong Indo-Canadian community in Canada, affluent, hard working, peaceful and fully integrated...has shown progress from politics to commerce, and academics to arts. 225,000 Indian students form the largest chunk of the international students in Canada. I am very proud that the Indian community has come forward to support not only the stranded Indians and the students but also the largest Canadian society...Under the Vande Bharat Mission, said Apoorva 8000 people had been repatriated till then in 43 flights. Apoorva continued to say that the Consulate had been doing everything from "consular services and facilitating Vande Bharat Mission flights" and added,
"Let me assure that the Consulate would do everything to make the Consulate Home away from Home for all the Indians."
Sumeeta Kohli (left) & Apoorva Srivastava (right). Video grab
Ajay Bisaria, High commissioner of India, during his message to the digital participants and the community, said this being the first online India Day virtual event is an example of innovation to deal with a new virtual world during these trying times and added,
"India is 73 years old, a strong vibrant and peaceful nation committed to protect the integrity of its borders...India has provided relief to its citizens with deep structural reforms. We are making our economy more productive, investments in digital economy. Modi has given a call for a Atma Nirbhar Bharat, which means a self-reliant India...We are proud of 1.6 million strong Indo-Canadian community as well as 700,000 Indian nationals in Canada. 225, ooo Indian students in Canada are part of the dynamic and resilient future of Canada."
Andrew Scheer, Canada's Conservative party leader in his remarks said,
"Canada and India share a long friendship and partnership of respect shard values. Our country is home to over million Indian people who have contributed tremendously to its success, prosperity. This year marks the 74th anniversary of India’s Independence. This reflects the strong bond between India and Canada and celebrate the achievements of Indo-Canadian community."
He thanked the Indian High Commission in Ottawa, India Consulate in Toronto and Panorama India "for putting together such a wonderful event that brings together people from coast to coast."
Ontario premier, Doug Ford, wished the Indian High Commission in Ottawa, the Indian consulate in Toronto, Panorama India and the Indian community in Ontario and around the world a very happy India Day and added,
"The spirit of today will continue to shine as we celebrate Indian culture, India’s heritage. Ontario is proud to have the largest Indian population in Canada who are vibrant and building our economy and social foundations. I want to thank Panorama India and Indian Consul General for tonight’s incredible online celebrations. Thank you to be leaders in the Indian community. Enjoy the digital parade and celebrations. Happy India Independence Day."
Toronto Mayor John Tory in his message said,
"The Indian community in Toronto has played a vital role in building our city not only during this pandemic but also every single day towards a wide variety of sectors including politics, Sciences, business, health care and the arts just to name a few. I hope that today’s India Day celebration would allow us to further recognize those contributions and allow for this important opportunity to share the Indian culture with many others."
Bonnie Crombie, Mayor of Mississauga said being home to over 54,000 Indo-Canadians and over 156,000 people of South-Asian descent, Mississauga is one of the most diverse and inclusive city in the world and added, "The strong cultural connection and respect our community has for one another has opened up the doors for tremendous opportunities to further promote the bilateral trade between Canada and India...and continue to strengthen our bonds in the days and years to come."
Patrick Brown, Mayor of Brampton's key message to the virtual participants was that Canada has a proud relationship, a proud friendship with India and said,
"Every time I go to India, I discover something new and fascinating and I have to say that I feel so fortunate, so grateful to be a mirror of Brampton in which we have a large diaspora of Indians. It is so much to our city, so much to our country. The generosity, the sense of family, the sense of friendship, the drive of the community in Canada is incredible."
The segments of the India Day 2020: Patriotic Segment, Cultural Segment, and the Virtual Grand Parade took place on both Aug 15 and Aug 16.
In the patriotic segment heart-felt and soul-touching patriotic melodies are sung by renowned artists and singers to represent the diverse cultural heritage of a unified India. Saanvi Vaanam, a young girl sang the melodious the Indian National Anthem. Deepak Gandhi, R.P.S. Sachdev, Arjun Jasuja were some of the other renowned artists.
The cultural segment of the India Day 2020 reflects the different cultures of India, including Colours of India Fashion shows, Folk dances of different states including Bharatnatyam Fusion, Bollywood performances, Hip Hop Dance performance, Tamil Folk Dance, Holi folk Dance, Gujarati Folk Dance; Classical storytelling, Odissi Bharatnatyam Jugalbandi, Classical Love songs, etc.
The first ever digitally curated Virtual Grand Marshal Parade was a grand success.
"We are proud that for the first time ever Panorama India represents all 28 states. We thank all community organizations that created each of the segments. We know that despite the pandemic situation, you as a community came together to put a beautiful visual story that will be seen over the next two days. We salute all of you for all of your participation and your hard work. We are extremely excited for all of you to see a very special presentation', said Sumeeta in her welcoming speech.
Another amazing event held on 15th Aug at 6 pm on India Day 2020 by Panorama India was Toronto laughs with Sunil Grover.
Sunil Grover. Image credit: Panorama India website
The 2nd day of the India Day 2020 by Panorama Included more state floats, more artists, more performances and the winners announced.
Junior - Rang De India Art Competition, winner was announced by Panorama India and the Consulate General of India, Toronto and it was Aditi Shah
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Winner of Adult Rang De India Art Competition is Natwarlal Patel.
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Natvarlal Patel was also the winner of Sabse Pehle Safety - Face Mask Competition.
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The winners of the floats in the Virtual Grand Parade of Panorama of India Day 2020 were Maharashtra bagging the first prize. Rajasthan and Karnataka were placed second, and the third prize went to the state of Assam.
During the announcement of the prize the judges told that 50 percent of the voting was by the judges and the rest 50 percent by the public and 2766 votes were submitted online by the public.
The judges for this competition were Lalita Krishna, Award winning international Producer of TV Docs, Transmedia projects; Lata Pada, Indian born Choreographer and Bharatnatyam dancer and runs Sampradaya Dance Company, and honored with the highest Civilian Award in Canada,"Order of Canada"; Jake Dheer, Senior Manager with OMNI Television at Rogers Media Inc and has been honoured with numerous awards and recognition in the broadcast industry and for his 35+ years of volunteer community engagement and humanitarian work; and Jasmine Sawant, actor, producer, writer, manager, Co-Founder, and Artistic Co-Director of the award-winning SAWITRI Theatre Group.
Judges of Virtual Grand Parade. Image credit: Facebook page of Panorama India
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The main features of Maharashtra depicted are shown in the following slide show. All the images shown in the slide show are video grabs of Panorama India festival 2020.
Panorama India and the Consulate General of India, Toronto, shared the winners of the Virtual Grand Parade, 1st Runner up (TIE POSITION) - MHARO RAJASTHAN in India Day 2020 & Virtual Grand Parade. Judges - Lata Pada, Lalita Krishna, Jake Dheer, Jasmine Sawant
Image credit: Twitter Handle of Panorama India
The salient features depicted by the floats Rajasthan of the Virtual Grand Parade of India Day 2020 are shown as below. All the images shown in the slide show are video grabs of Panorama India festival 2020.
Panorama India and the Consulate General of India, Toronto, shared the winners of the Virtual Grand Parade's 1st Runner up (TIE POSITION) - NANNA KARNATAKA in India Day 2020 & Virtual Grand Parade. Judges - Lata Pada, Lalita Krishna, Jake Dheer, Jasmine Sawant
Image credit: Twitter handle of Panorama India
Below are shown the salient features of the Karnataka which in tie up with Rajasthan was the winner of 2nd price. All the images shown in the slide show are video grabs of Panorama India festival 2020
Panorama India and the Consulate General of India, Toronto to shared the winner of the Virtual Grand Parade's 2nd Runner up - MOR ASOM in India Day 2020 & Virtual Grand Parade. Judges - Lata Pada, Lalita Krishna, Jake Dheer, Jasmine Sawant
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Panorama India and the Consulate General of India, Toronto, are pleased to share the Winner of the Critics Choice for the Virtual Grand Parade Winner as NORTH EAST in India Day 2020 & Virtual Grand Parade. Judges - Lata Pada, Lalita Krishna, Jake Dheer, Jasmine Sawant
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