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The Mahotsav Amrit ka Azadi celebrations in India were transformed into a true movement, with wholehearted participation from friends and members of the diaspora. This year, the Independence Day celebrations around landmark the of India had a distinct flavor, thanks to the collaboration between the Consulate and FIA-NY/NJ/CT. The largest India Day Parade in New York City, held at the iconic Carnegie Hall, took place on August 15th, featuring celebrated Indian maestro Ustad Ali Amjad Khan on the Sarod. The grand finale of this series will be held in New York City. Renowned classical artists such as Purbayan Chatterjee on the sitar, Rakesh Chaurasia on the flute, and Kaushiki Chakraborty as the vocalist, performed at Carnegie Hall in the subsequent days. To mark the occasion of India’s 75th Independence Day, the Indo-American Arts Council (IAAC) in association with the Consulate General of India organized a special photo exhibition, which started on August 5th. The celebrations also highlighted the historical connections shared between India and America, with special features in Boston and Buffalo. On August 14th, the Indian Business Association of New Jersey organized the India Day Parade in Boston, which was held close to the Harbour. On August 13th, the India Arts and Heritage Council organized the India Day Parade in Williamsville, Buffalo. On the same day, the Indian Association of Central Connecticut held Independence Day celebrations at the State Capitol Building in Hartford. On August 12th, the Indian Organizations of Greater Philadelphia Council organized a flag hoisting ceremony at City Hall in Philadelphia. On August 7th, the Indian Cultural Association of Westchester organized the India Heritage Festival in Westchester. On the same day, the Indian American Cultural Association of Long Island organized the India Day Parade in Hicksville. Prominent events also included the lighting of the Empire State Building in New York City, where the national flag was hoisted during a special event at Times Square. Later, the General Consul received congratulatory messages from several elected officials and celebrities. Proclamations and citations were also issued to Ms. Riya Dadheech, who was conferred with the Gold Medal in the 2022 AKAM (PIO/OCI) Quiz category. During the program, the first Indian-American State Senator, Mr. Kevin Thomas, was also present at the Consulate in New York City, celebrating India’s 75th Independence Day on August 15th, 2022.

August 16, 2022.

New York.