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Toronto, Aug 13 (Canadian-Media): Panorama India, with the support of Consulate General of India, Toronto would celebrate this year India's 74th Independence Day digitally on August 15th and 16th, 2020, media reports said.
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14 hours of unique programming would feature the special two-day event ‘India Day 2020 and Virtual Grand Parade’ including over 100 artists from all over Canada, a virtual grand parade represented with more than 28 Indian States, and the highlight event of the weekend ‘Toronto Laughs with Sunil Grover’.
“This is the biggest ever digital celebration of India Day and I am overwhelmed by the community participation this year. We have over 100 phenomenal performances lined up and 28 states represented in our Virtual Grand Parade,” said Sumeeta Kohli, Co-chair, Panorama India in a news release.
Opening ceremony of Saturday, August 15th at 12 PM would commence Panorama India’s India Day 2020 event and concludes on Sunday, August 16th with a special Grand Finale episode of ‘Namaste Live with Panorama India’ announcing competition and float winners.
Toronto Laughs with Sunil Grover, the special presentation, would be telecasted at 6 PM on Saturday, August 15th.
Panorama's Virtual Parade Marshalls throughout the event would be marked by guest appearances by many Bollywood celebrities.
The organization has created for the first time a platform for public voting as well as scoring from the judges for the top three floats.
“I am so proud that the Pandemic is not stopping us from showing our love for our country. This is going to be a grand celebration of our heritage and culture,” said Ms. Apoorva Srivastava, Hon. Consul General of India in Toronto, in a news release.
The India Day 2020 celebrations had kicked off on August 10th on Panorama India’s Facebook and YouTube channel with attractive competitions such as Mera India Photography, Sabse Pehle Safety Face Mask Painting, India Trivia, and Rang De India Painting contests.
In addition, ‘In Conversation With’ series of talks with community leaders and Panorama India Past Chairs, and the daily programmings would showcase what is being brought to the audience on August 15th and 16th.
In the news release, Anuradha Grover Tejpal, Director, Digital Media & PR, Panorama India said that it is an honor to be able to achieve a large-scale digital distribution of the event and added,
"We are going live on our social media channels, Facebook and YouTube as well as on your local favorite channels on Cable and IPTV.”
Co-chair Sanjay Makkar and Executive Director Janak Bhawnani said in the news release that they are grateful to the community organizations and the sponsors, the backbone of this event, for their support in these challenging times, a true celebration of their strength as a community.
As a not-for-profit umbrella organization to help unite various Indian cultural associations and groups, Panorama India projects a common identity based on their Indian heritage, celebrate Unity in Diversity,
Proud to build bilateral relations with India and Canada through culture, Panorama India strives to foster a better understanding between India and Canada.