Panorama India, with the support of the Consulate General of India, Toronto celebrated India’s 75th anniversary of Independence Day, on August 21st, 2022 at the heart of downtown Toronto – Nathan Phillips Square.
Celebrated as Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav in India and across the globe – the event was memorable one for every Indian in Canada and they would remember this for a lifetime.
The opening ceremony started with Flag hoisting & National Anthems of India and Canada, which were sung by Junior idols of Panorama India.
The chief guest for the event was Canada’s Minister of National Defence Anita Anand, who later tweeted, “I was so honoured to attend @PanoramaIndia’s India Day 2022 celebration to mark India’s 75th Independence Day. Thank you to all of the Indo-Canadians who came together to mark this momentous occasion. #PanoramaTO”.
The parade featured multiple tableaus, with representation from 25 Indian states, as well as more than a dozen marching groups that joined the festivities that lasted for nearly 12 hours in downtown Toronto’s Nathan Phillips Square. It is estimated that this year was the largest ever gathering at the event in many years.
Consul General of India Smt. Apoorva Srivastava remarked that India & Canada share a strong bond that contributes towards the wellbeing of humanity. Ms. Apoorva Srivastava emphasized on the phenomenal performances that are showcased on the platform of Panorama India that represent the culture & heritage of India. She also said that Canada & India both believe in restoring the multicultural environment promoting the culture & heritage that various communities inherit from generations.
Several MP’s & MPP’s of Ontario and many prominent Indo-Canadians & other Nationalities were a part of the celebration.
Chairperson of Panorama India Vaidehi Bhagat appreciated the overwhelming support from Indo-Canadians and local communities for all the support to arrange the Grand Parade. MP Chandra Arya drove all the way from Ottawa graced the occasion with his presence.
The parade Marshalls Bollywood stars Rahul Dev & Mugdha Godse joined the Panorama float with full energy and vigour.
To mark this historic day, iconic Canadian landmarks like the Niagara Falls and Toronto’s CN Tower were illuminated in the hues of the tricolour, and the Indian flag was raised at city halls across several cities in Canada.