(MENAFN- Khaleej Times)
Published: Thu 26 Jan 2023, 11:39 AM
Colourful celebrations at the Indian embassy in Abu Dhabi and Consulate General of India in Dubai marked the 74th Indian Republic Day in the UAE.
In Dubai, consul general Dr. Aman Puri hoisted the Indian flag within the consulate's premises where, despite the inclement weather, community members and social workers turned up in colourful traditional clothes at 8am.
In Abu Dhabi, ambassador Sanjay Sudhir did the flag hoisting in the presence of community members, after which he addressed the gathering. Sanjay Sudhir
As customary, both Sudhir and Dr. Puri read out from the Indian President's speech.
In Dubai, students from the Ambassador School sang a medley of patriotic songs including Ae Mere Watan Ke Logo (Oh people of my country) and I Love My India. They ended their performance with a call of“Bharat Mata Ki Jai” (Long live Mother India), which was echoed by the audience in the hall.
“We practised for more than 2 hours every day for almost two weeks,” said sports captain Sarah.“We learnt a total of 9 songs, but it wasn't too hard because we were practising regularly.” Karuna Rathor
This was followed by vibrant dance performances to patriotic songs. Dancer and author Karuna Rathor was one of those who attended the event.“The children danced so well for their age,” she said.“The beauty about Indian celebrations is how colourful they are and how everyone can connect to it. I really enjoyed the morning.” Laina Andy
Little Laina Andy, who was dressed in traditional attire, said she enjoyed the function.“The dance was so colourful,” she said. The five year old also said that she couldn't wait for her next academic year as she would learn Hindi in school.“Right now I can speak English,” she said.“But English is not an Indian language. When I am in Grade 1, I will learn Hindi, which is an Indian language. My grandparents speak Tamil. When I grow up, I will learn Tamil also.” Shankh and family
Indian expats Shankh Banerjee and his wife Namrata were attending the celebrations at the Indian consulate for the first time during their five year stay in the country.“Our daughter Sanika was performing today, so we came to watch her,” said Shankh.
For 11-year-old Sanika, a student of Delhi Private School Dubai, participating in the dance performance was a novel experience.“We practised for about 15 days,” she said.“It was my first time performing at the Indian consulate and I really enjoyed it.”
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