This year’s 70th India Republic Day celebrations organized by Panorama India held at the Pearson Convention Center, Brampton was very well attended by hundreds of South Asians who came from across the GTA and beyond.
It was a fantastic celebration of the diversity of Indo-Canadians in Canada. There was evidence of plenty of support for the event from politicians and sponsors.
Among those who attended included the Consul General of India in Toronto, Dinesh Bhatia, Federal Minister of Science, Kirsty Duncan, MP Ruby Sahota, MP, Ramesh Sangha, MP Bob Soraya, MPP Nina Tangri, MPP Deepak Anand, MPP Amarjot Sidhu, Mayor of Mississauga Bonnie Crombie and Mayor of Brampton Patrick Brown.
Twenty community organizations put up programs which involved 200 local performers being given the Panorama India Platform. These groups showcased talent in all forms of artistic expression such as dancing, singing and drawing.
Opening ceremony commenced at 12 pm with Republic Day greetings and messages from dignitaries. Panorama India Chair, Anu Srivastava welcomed everyone and recognized the political dignitaries, community leaders, and guests. She said “Unity in Diversity and building Indo-Canada bi-lateral relations through culture is the prime objective of this celebration.”
Consul General of India Mr. Dinesh Bhatia brought the Republic Day greetings on behalf of the President of India.
Dr. Kristy Duncan, Federal Minister of Science, began with a greeting to all in Hindi. She talked about the family values that are reflected in the Indo-Canadian community here in Canada.
MPP Nina Tangri brought greetings from Premier Doug Ford and was joined on stage by MPP Deepak Anand and MPP Amarjot Sidhu.
Mayor Patrick Brown reiterated his enthusiasm and support for India stating reminding all in attendance that he had visited India eighteen times and has yet to get over the cultural diversity.
There were many dance and musical performances which included folk dance competition, drawing competition for children, food court and Vendor Bazaar with a variety of clothes, food, and jewelry booths.
Fourteen cultural organisations represented the various States of India.
There was a Children’s Drawing Competition which saw over 100 entries from children between the ages of 7-16 years old.
The highlight of the evening was obviously the popular Panorama India Idol contest which received a tremendous representation from local artists during its preliminary selection rounds held on January 20th.
SBI Canada Bank sponsored the Indian Idol contest and the finalists were chosen that day by an eager audience who casted their vote for their favourite singer.
The Junior Idol contest was won by Unnati Shah and Ravneel Singh was declared the winner in the Adult category. Prize for Adult winner is trip to India from the Consulate General of India.
Panorama India is now in its planning stages to host the India Day Festival & Grand Parade at Nathan Phillips Square on August 18th, 2019. -CINEWS