Maseru celebrates India’s independence
Published on August 16, 2014 · No Comments
MASERU — The High Commission of India resident in Pretoria concurrently accredited to the Kingdom of Lesotho joined the rest of the world in celebrating India’s 68th independence.
The Commission hosted Ms Vani Madhav and Troupe with an Odissi dance performance and Indian Classical dance on Sunday at Maseru Sun as part of the celebrations.
About 150 members of the Indian community living in Lesotho gathered at Maseru Sun to watch Ms Vani Madhav who put up a polished performance.
Her articulate display with her steps and rhythm proved that the Indian born has a lot of experience.
She is regarded as a well-known Odissi dancer and she didn’t disappoint as she audiences marveling. Everyone wanted to capture her moments with guests putting up their smartphone and cameras to take a snap.
She was accompanied by three instrumentalists.
Speaking at the event, honorary consul of India in Lesotho Man Mohan Bakaya noted the objective of the programme was to promote a communion of cultures and a creative dialogue between India and Lesotho.
“It is believed that this will facilitate interaction among world cultures and demonstrate the diversity and richness of the culture of India.”
“Today’s programme is organised by High Commission of India, Pretoria, in celebration of Independence Day of India where we are commemorating the nation’s independence from Great Britain on 15th August 1947,” he said, noting 15th August is a national holiday in India where the country hosts different events including flag hoisting ceremonies, parades, cultural events, listening to the patriotic songs, watching patriotic movies and bonding with family and friends.
“We are fortunate to have Indian Classical Dance Troupe from India among us to represent an old and famous dance form called “Odissi”- to celebrate 68 years of India’s freedom with friends in Lesotho. This reiterates the commitment to the unique relationship between the people of two countries in the cultural, economic and political fields”, Bakaya said revealing his aim as the Honorary Consul would be at all times to improve relations and encourage positive partnerships in all areas between the Lesotho and India.
He disclosed following the visit to India by a high level delegation of government officials and members of the private sector led by the Prime Minister Dr Motsoahae Thomas Thabane to 10th CII Exim Bank Africa conclave, many Indian traders and potential investors are frequently travelling to Lesotho for exploration of lucrative business opportunities.
“I am optimistic of positive outcomes of these visits based on my discussions with the visitors from India,” Bakaya said.
Guests enjoyed an entertaining yet astonishing performance of Ms. Vani.
Honorary Consul Bakaya also invited guests to a flag hoisting ceremony today at the offices of the honorary Consul India to Lesotho.
“We are fortunate to have brave members of the armed forces of the Inter-Agency Task Team (IATT) in Lesotho whose efforts and sacrifices keep the Indian Flag flying high. Let me take this opportunity to recognise their presence and appreciate their commendable contribution that makes all Indians proud,” he said.
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