High Commissioner Gopal Baglay addressing the gathering at the India House in Colombo, Sri Lanka
The Indian High Commission in Sri Lanka celebrated Independence Day of India in different parts of the country.
This year's celebrations were part of the 'Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav' initiative launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to commemorate 75 years of a progressive and self-reliant India.
The main event held at 'India House,' the official residence of the High Commissioner of India, included hoisting the Tricolor and the guard of honor inspection by the High Commissioner.
The Indian monks at the Param Dhamma Chaitya Pirivena celebrated Independence Day with 'Ashirvad Puja' for the well-being of India and Sri Lanka.
Various Indian diaspora organizations organized cultural events to commemorate the occasion, including performances by the Colombo Expatriates Cultural Association and 'Pavala Natya Maala' — a collection of dance performances organized by Swami Vivekananda Cultural Center in collaboration with Arusri Art Theatre.
Global Association of Sri Lankan Bharatha Natyam Artistes organized a unique program titled 'Diamond Bridge.' which comprised the presentation of various Indian dance forms and violin renditions.
A series of activities took place on social media platforms in the run-up to the event, including a fashion show, food festival, and recital of Indian patriotic songs.
The Assistant High Commission in Kandy, Consulate General in Jaffna, and Consulate General in Hambantota also organized events to celebrate Independence Day.
Several iconic buildings like the Galle Fort, Jaffna Cultural Centre, India House, Taj Samudra, and Indian chancery premises at Colombo, Jaffna, Hambantota, and Kandy were illuminated with colors of the Indian Flag to commemorate the occasion.