Midwest U.S. celebrates India’s 73rd Republic Day

Consulate General of India in Chicago celebrated India’s 73rd Republic Day Jan. 26, 2022 with a flag hoising and a cultural program among other things. Photo: Indian Consulate in Chicago

The Consulate General of India, Chicago celebrated the 73rd Republic Day of India on Wednesday, January 26, 2022.

The Consulate General of India celebrated Republic Day with some in-person guests but also virtually, on Jan. 26, 2022. Photo: Indian Consulate of Chicago

In view of COVID-19, the event was held in a hybrid format with members of the Indian-American community and friends of India joining the event physically, and many others joining virtually.

The program was live streamed through Consulate’s Facebook page and YouTube channel, and was viewed by about 700 people.

A cultural program at the Jan. 26, 2022 Republic Day of India celebrations at the Indian Consulate in Chicago Jan. 26, 2022. Photo: Indian Consulate in Chicago

Starting with the unfurling of the Indian flag by Consul General of India in Chicago Amit Kumar, followed by the singing of the National Anthem of India.

The Consul General read out the Address of the President of India Ram Nath Kovind. He also spoke on the India-US strategic partnership as well the valuable contributions of the Indian diaspora.

A section of the audience attending the Republic Day of India celebrations at the Indian Consulate in Chicago Jan. 26, 2022. Photo Indian Consulate Chicago

A cultural program accompanied the celebrations. Hindustani classical vocalist Ashwin Rode performed songs accompanied by tabla player Akash Dixit; dance performances by students of Kalapadma Dance Academy and Tarana Dance Academy; and rendition of patriotic songs by Shweta Pandya, a vocalist from Michigan and her students, were other cultural performances.

Some of the paintings submitted by youth and displayed at the Republic Day of India celebrations Jan. 26, 2022, at the Indian Consulate of Chicago. Photo: Indian Consulate, Chicago

The Consulate had also sought submission of paintings drawn by children to celebrate this occasion.  The paintings were displayed during the event and are being shared on the Consulate’s social media platforms.




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