Indian Consulate in Chicago celebrates India’s 75th anniversary

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India’s Consul General in Chicago Amit Kumar addressing the gathering at India’s 75th anniversary of independence Aug. 15, 2022. Photo: Indian Consulate

The Consulate General of India in Chicago celebrated the 75th anniversary of the country’s independence Day at the Consulate August 15, 2022 morning. Close to 125 people attended the in-person event, and it was broadcast on the Web for other viewers, a press release from the Consulate said.

Consul General Amit Kumar unfurled the tricolor, which was followed by singing of the Indian National Anthem. He then read out the President of India’s speech to the nation which is delivered the day before Independence Day.

Cultural performances at the Aug. 15, 2022, celebration of India’s 75th anniversary of independence at Chicago consulate. Photo: Indian Consulate

He also dwelt on the wide-ranging India-US strategic partnership encompassing almost every facet of human development including The Quad for security in the Indo-Pacific as well as other multilateral agreements to confront global challenges.

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Consul General Kumar also highlighted the presence of the vibrant Indian American community in the US and their important role in enriching bilateral relations.

Consul General of India in Chicago Amit Kumar and spouse Surabhi Kumar pose for a picture with some of the children and others attending the Aug. 15, 2022, celebration of India’s 75th anniversary of independence. Photo: Indian Consulate

There was a short cultural program, which included singing of patriotic songs by the children of Chicago Tyagaraja Utsavam and a Bharatanatyam classical dance recital by the artistes of Mandala South Asian Performing Arts.

A section of the audience of approximately 125 people who attended the Aug. 15, 2022, celebration of India’s 75th anniversary of independence at Chicago Consulate. Photo: Indian Consulate

In the run up to the Independence Day celebrations, there was enthusiastic participation from U.S. in the #HarGharTiranga initiative, with Indians and friends of India joining actively.

The Consulate has a series of engagements with the Indian diaspora as part of the #AzadiKaAmritMahotsav fortnight August 6-21.

This fortnight has so far witnessed (a) cultural event -Kala Utsav – on August 6, showcasing Indian classical dance and music forms, where 10 cultural groups from the Midwest region participated; (b) Webinar on Ayurveda on August 7, focusing on benefits of Ayurveda in our daily lives; (c) Webinar on  August 10, on global supply chains resilience and important role that India will play in this regard;  (d) virtual showcase of emerging young talent in the Midwest focusing on Indian classical dance and (e) music on  August 12; and an event showcasing different theater styles from India on  August 13.

As part of the AKAM fortnight, more events are scheduled in the coming days. These include a virtual lecture on Kalamakari and Batik  textiles on August 18; an interaction with Fullbright scholars on August 19, and a theater event “Zara Yaad Karo Qurbani” on August 21, which will feature three short plays staged by children in Hindi, Marathi and Bengali languages.

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