Panorama India Independence day celebrations in Toronto.
TORONTO: Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, Indian High Commissioner Admiral Verma and Toronto Consul General Akhilesh Mishra, Senators, Ministers, MPs, MPPs, Mayors and Councillors, and thousands of people celebrated India Independence Day celebrations here on Saturday, August 2.
Panorama India which is an umbrella body of various Indo-Canadian organizations, organized the celebrations that was held at Mel Lastman Square, 5100 Yonge Street, this year.
The celebrations began with the CIBC sponsored reception with Premier, Indian High Commissioner and many dignitaries followed by India Day Parade which gave a glimpse of diverse culture of India.
Thousands of people attended the event during the day and more than 15 cultural troupes represented various parts of India and performed on stage throughout the day. Upcoming movie Dr. Cabbie’s hero VinayVirmani and star cast Tia Bhatia were amongst the celebrities that rocked the main stage.
Panorama India chair Anu Srivastava said: “Thousands of people gathered at Mel Lastman Square in spite of the August long weekend . It was exciting to see Mayor Rob Ford dance to the scintillating bhangra beats of RDB’s lead singer, Manj”.
According to her, “The most interesting feature of this year’s Parade wasthe community’s enthusiasm. State of Gujarat’s decorated rickshaw had 400 Gujarati people in the contingent who came in 2 bus loads from Brampton, whereas State of Telangana had extremely enthusiastic crowds of 150 in the Parade with their traditionally decorated hand pulled Rickshaws. Some of the other States were Jammu & Kashmir, Orissa, Tamilnadu, Karnataka, Kerala, Orissa, Maharashtra and Rajasthan. Yonge Street closed down for 2 hours and Indian High Commissioner Admiral Verma with Consul General Akhilesh Mishra led the Parade’’
Throughout the day, several vendors served Indian delicacies like Dosa, Idli, Vada, Biryani, ChaatPapri etc. There was ice cream and nimbupaani to beat the heat since bottled water could not be sold in the Mel Lastman Square according to City By-Law..
“Weather Gods were kind to us and it did not rain,’’ said to Anu Srivastava after the event was over.