Chef Khanna unveiled a 1,800 kg sandstone ‘Chakra’ sculpture at Times Square
Consul General of India D.C Manjunath hoisted the national flag in Texas
FIA-NY-NJ-CT-NE to hold India Day Parade on August 20
New York: Indians across the globe enthusiastically celebrated India’s 77th Independence Day on Tuesday by gathering at the diplomatic missions, where they exchanged greetings and sang the national anthem and patriotic songs.
In New York, the Federation of Indian Association celebrated the 77th Independence Day with a flag-hoisting ceremony at Time Square. Consul General of India Randhir Jaiswal, celebrity chef Vikas Khanna, and Sarod Maestro Ustad Amzad Ali Khan were part of the celebration.
The Indian community gathered in large numbers at Times Square in New York to celebrate Independence Day. They exchanged greetings and enjoyed the rendering of the national anthem and patriotic songs with Indian drums and loud cheers reverberating in the ambience while the iconic Times Square brimmed with shades of the Indian tricolour.
At the Indian Consulate, CG Jaiswal unfurled the flag and read out President Droupadi Murmu’s message with a large number of Indian community leaders attending the event.
Chef Vikas Khanna stepped in with another approach to commemorate India’s celebration of its independence as he unveiled a 1,800 kg ‘Chakra’ sculpture, a replica of the Konark Temple wheel at Times Square, to mark the special occasion. The beautiful art piece is prepared using sandstone. It will be displayed at Times Square till August 22. Later, in 2024, it will be installed at the chef’s upcoming flagship restaurant in New York City.
In Texas, newly appointed Consul General of India D.C Manjunath hoisted the national flag at the India House, followed by President Droupadi Murmu’s address to the nation, which was streamlined live for hundreds of community members as well as students enrolled in various courses in the U.S.
The event — also attended by U.S. Congressman Al Green and Senate representatives, elected officials and a large number of Indian American Community — was followed by soulful national and patriotic songs. Earlier, a major Independence Day event was celebrated in the state capital Austin, marking the presence of the Indian Diaspora, students of the University of Texas in Austin, and local officials. Various other Independence Day celebrations are scheduled throughout the weekend in many other cities.
The celebrations will continue over the weekend in NYC as FIA-NY-NJ-CT-NE will hold its iconic India Day Parade on August 20 at Madison Ave. E38th St. – E24th St. It is considered to be the largest parade outside India and brings together thousands of members of the Indian Diaspora for one of the biggest cultural extravaganzas in the city.
This year’s parade will highlight the ‘Mission LiFE’ which seeks to translate the vision of ‘Lifestyle for Environment’ into measurable impact designed with the objective to mobilize global citizens to take individual and collective action for protecting and conserving the environment.