The 73rd Indian Independence Day celebrations saw the Indian diaspora come together to celebrate the occasion with utmost fervour at the Swindon Hindu Temple & Cultural Centre, on Thursday 15th August. About 500 people attended the event including flag hoisting, cultural performances, art competition and dinner.
The celebrations began with the hoisting of the Indian flag by Pradeep Bhardwaj, Chairman of the Swindon Hindu Temple Trust, followed by the recitation of the National anthem. In his speech, Mr Bharadwaj said, "Not only do we take pride in India but also through our actions every day and our contributions to the society wherever we live, we will make India proud. Let us strive for a bright future of our two nations-India and UK."
The event showcased talent among the young and the old with amazing cultural performances including singing, dance etc. Cultural programmes from children and adults rekindled the spirit of ‘Unity in Diversity’, depicting the rich diversity of Indian culture in song and dance representing all communities. About 45 children took part in the Art competition organised by the Swindon Hindu Temple & Cultural Centre themed around the topic of “Bharat- what do I like most about”. Judges mentioned that it was difficult to choose only few winners out of these excellent entries. Total 10 winners were given certificates and prizes. Some of the art works are being displayed in the Cultural Hall of the temple.
The event concluded with delicious three course Indian meal which included Veg Pakoras, Puri, Mutter Paneer Masala, Chickpea Curry, Kheer, and Rice. For the major success of this event, the event coordinator Ashish Channawar thanked all the trustees, committee members and event team and other volunteers.