India marks 77th Independence Day with cultural celebrations in Nairobi

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Indian High Commissioner to Kenya Ms Namgya Khampa being assisted by Kenya Army to lay a wreath of flower at Commonwealth war graves along Uhuru Highway in Nairobi, during India 77th Independence day. [Edward Kiplimo, Standard]

India commemorated its 77th Independence Day with a vibrant celebration in Nairobi, marked by cultural events and the emblematic 'Har Ghar Tiranga,' signifying the Indian National Flag.

The occasion also witnessed the recitation of the 'Meri Maati Mera Desh' pledge, a powerful symbol of Indian unity.

The commemorative event, held at India House in Nairobi, was officiated by the High Commissioner of India, Namgya Khampa, and attended by more than 450 community members and friends of India residing in Kenya.

An Indian woman during their 77th Independence day celebrations in Nairobi. [Edward Kiplimo, Standard]

A series of cultural performances enriched the festivities, including the Ganesh Vandana dance performed by the Kamini School of Dance, a Kathak performance by Ms. Jolly Rajat and her troupe, and a captivating Musical Yoga presentation by the High Commission’s Yoga Teacher, Dr. Kapil Dev Keshari, and Dr. Swami Sali Jumba.

An intriguing highlight of the celebration was a dedicated corner offering millet-based dishes. This gesture served to affirm the United Nations' declaration of millet as the grain of the year 2023.

The event provided a platform for attendees to savor Indian cuisine, partake in lively dances, and engage in free interactions while capturing cherished moments with their families and friends.

Indian High Commissioner to Kenya Ms Namgya Khampa after laying a wreath of flower at Commonwealth war graves along Uhuru Highway in Nairobi during India's  77th Independence day celebrations in Nairobi. [Edward Kiplimo,Standard]

Khampa expressed gratitude to the Kenyan government for their steadfast friendship and partnership. The High Commissioner and her team also visited the British and Indian memorial along Mombasa Road in Nairobi, where they paid tribute to Indian troops who had made the ultimate sacrifice during World War I. Wreaths were laid at the memorial to honor the fallen soldiers, whose significant contributions during the war were remembered as India celebrated its Independence Day.

The presence of Kenya Defence Force representatives underscored the joint act of paying homage to these departed soldiers, highlighting the enduring bonds between India and Kenya.

The celebration was a testament to India's rich cultural heritage and its commitment to fostering strong relations with its global partners.

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