By Pallavi Jain and Jai Bharadwaj
The Tricolour was flying high in various cities across Australia as the Indian Diaspora celebrated Indian Independence day with gusto and fervour.
Melbourne became the first city in the world to hoist the Tricolour.
The revelry and festive atmosphere was palpable as Consul General of India in Melbourne, Dr Sushil Kumar danced to the beats of bhangra.
In Perth, Independence Day was celebrated by paying tribute to the ‘Veers’ who sacrificed their lives for India.
The vibrant city of Cairns in Queensland too was aglow with cultural celebrations as GOPIO Cairns Inc. commemorated India’s Independence Day in a grand ceremony at Fogarty Park Esplanade.
This was the first Indian Independence Day celebration in Cairns.
The event was not only a celebration of a historic moment in India’s history but also marked the formal inauguration of the GOPIO Cairns chapter, aimed at fostering unity and connectivity among the Indian diaspora in the region.
The auspicious occasion commenced with the soaring Indian and Australian flags, gracefully unfurling against the backdrop of the picturesque park, while the strains of the respective national anthems echoed through the air, stirring emotions of pride and camaraderie.
In Sydney, the flag hoisting ceremony was followed by a beautiful cultural programme showcasing the cultural vibrancy of India.
And then you had six-year-old, Prahar Shukla, enthralling Consul General of India in Sydney, Mr Manish Gupta, with his rendition of ‘Teri Mitti’.
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