Etobicoke: Elite Banquet Hall echoed with euphoria of patriotic fervour resulting from cultural extravaganza by local poets, singers, dancers who kept the 300 + audience from cross sections of Indo-Canadian elites and friends of India for almost three hours.
Sam Chopra,President , (SAO)welcomed the august gathering. Savita Chopra highlighted some milestone events occurring recently in India related to Kashmir and also paid tribute to late Sushama Swaraj and Arun Jaitley.
The event was graced by Patrick Brown(Mayor of Brampton), Kirsti Duncan (Federal Minister), Ramesh Sangha (MP) Faisal Ahmed (MPP), Roman Baber (MPP), Joe Li (Regional Councillor) Brian Brigras (Deputy Chief (YRP), D.P.Singh (Consul,Consulate General of India) and other VIPs.
Speeches by distinguished guests adored Indian democracy and outstanding contributions of the Indo-Canadians to the overall development in Ontario and Canada in general.
Dance performances by Nritya Kala Mandir and Bhangra performance by Davi Lal & Group were the highlights of the evening. Medley of songs rendered by Rajan Sharma,Harmeet Bassan, Sunita Arora and Gurmukh Singh added flavour to cultural presentations. Prof.Devendra Mishra’s emceeing combined his poetic prowess with references to India’s historical heritage enthralling the audience .
Congratulations to Sam/Savita Chopra and devoted team of Committee of South Asians in Ontario for their adherence to the most prized Canadian principle of “UNITY IN DIVERSITY and also practising the famous dictum of “Vasudhaiv Kutumbkam”(the whole world is a family).They did an excellent job staging a memorable evening devoted to India’s 72nd Independence Day celebrations.
South Asians in OntarioThe event was supported by a number of generous sponsors .