Rain interrupts Independence Day celebrations3 min read
Manipal/ Udupi: Manipal University (MU) celebrated India’s 66th Independence Day at the manipal.edu building on August 15. Hosted by the Welcomgroup Graduate School of Hotel Administration (WGSHA), the Independence Day celebrations were unfortunately marred by a downpour before its official conclusion.
The celebrations began with a student singing ‘Sarfaroshi ki tamanna’. The welcome address followed the general salute by the 21 contingents of MU. Parvadhavardhini Goplakrishnan, Principal of WGSHA welcomed the chief guest for the occasion Dr. Ramdas M. Pai, Chancellor, MU and Vasanthi R. Pai, Chairperson of hostel committee MU; Guest of Honour Dr. M.V. Kamath, Honorary Director of Manipal Institute of Communication (MIC), and other dignitaries.
The National flag was then unfurled by the Chief Guest Dr.Pai. The parade of students and representatives proudly marched past the dais, spurred on by their respective college mates in the crowd. Vice Chancellor of MU, Dr. K. Ramnarayan then addressed the audience. Dr. M.V Kamath while speaking about the significance of the day dedicated the country’s success and splendour to the countless sacrifices made day after day, year after year by every young Indian. Chronicling the progress of the country and MU he said, “We are distinguished, recognised”, with reference to both their improvement in performance over the years.
Mariana Freire from Portugal, who interns with a bank in Manipal, was impressed with the spirit of the people of India. She said, “I have watched Gandhi films so I know a little bit about the freedom struggle. As a colonised country, India was and is still so welcoming. Our Independence Day is slightly different; it’s more like a holiday because it happened many centuries ago.”
Pro Chancellor Dr. H.S. Ballal, Pro Vice Chancellor Dr. H.Vinod Bhat, Registrar Dr. G.K. Prabhu, Directors, Deans and other Heads of Institutions were also present at the event.
In Udupi, the Independence Day parade was hosted at Ajjarkad grounds and saw the participation of a number of schools and the National Cadet Corps (NCC) of the district.
The flag hoisting was done by Kota Srinivas Poojari, Minister for Ports and Muzrai, who spoke about the various developmental measures and beneficiary programmes decided for Udupi and was followed by the inspection of the different marching contingents, after which they performed the march-past.
The march-past, led by the district police team, saw a collection of 17 different teams including the schools of the district and the NCC. The march-past was followed by cultural performances by the students of the schools in Udupi who performed for their country in the rain.
“After all these years of watching the parade, it still fills me with great patriotism for my country. I am proud to say that I’m from India,” said Sunil Shetty, one of the audience members at the event.
The function was also attended by K.Raghupati Bhat, MLA, Udupi; Dr. M. T. Reju, Udupi District Commissioner; Dr. Boralingaiah M B, Superintendent of Police, Udupi and A.G Kodgi, Chairman of the task force for implementation of the Third Finance Commission Report among others.
Sub-edited by Bhavani Seetharaman