Report & photos by Zia Khan
DALLAS (TX): The rain and the muddy ground failed to dampen the spirit of Indian Americans in Dallas to celebrate the 68th Independence Day of India on Saturday, August 16. A record number of over 15,000 persons of Indian origin gathered to celebrate the Independence Day of the country of their origin at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie, Texas.
In evidence was the deep enthusiasm of the community to showcase their rich culture and heritage. The visitors took full advantage of the opportunity to enjoy the delectable Indian cuisine of a large variety. They shopped around at various booths where religious, political and business organizations displayed their wares. The Independence Day celebration proper started with the singing of the National Anthem of both India and USA.
An impressive, parade with people waving Indian and USA flags, was led by the Grand Marshal Padma Shri Ashok Kumar Mago. Padma Shri Dr. Sant Singh Virmani was the Guest of Honor. There was plenty of entertainment from Bollywood stars who gave a breathtaking nonstop musical performance. In addition, an excellent cultural program was presented by the IANT youth.
Grand Marshal Padma Shri Ashok Kumar Mago addresses the gathering
Spectacular display of fireworks gave a finishing touch to an enchanting and memorable evening of celebrations. The grand event was organized by India Association of North Texas, under the care and supervision of President Swati Shah and Chair Dr Srinivas Reddy Gunukula.
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Padma Shri Dr. Sant Singh Virmani, the Guest of Honor extends greetings
IANT President Swati Shah welcomes , greets and speaks about the event
Greetings from a guest
Grand Marshal Padma Shri Ashok Kumar Mago is honored
Padma Shri Dr. Sant Singh Virmani, the Guest of Honor is honored
A song number
The young dance to the lilting music
A captivating dance number