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Indian Community Celebrates 72nd I-Day at Consulate General

CHICAGO, IL— Chicago celebrated the 72nd Independence Day of India on Wednesday August 15, 2018 with great enthusiasm. The official flag hoisting ceremony was held at the Consulate premises with an overwhelming participation of the Indian-American Community and friends. The atmosphere was charged with feelings of patriotism and pride.

The celebration started with Consul General, Ms. Neeta Bhushan, hoisting the national flag, which was followed by the singing of the Indian national anthem. Bhushan read out the address of the honorable President of India. A cultural program was organized in which students of the Kalapriya Dance Academy, Dilshad Dance Academy, and Bharatam Academy of Dance Arts performed. The audience enjoyed the dance and musical program. Over 200 people participated in the flag hoisting ceremony. Bhushan thanked each and everyone for their presence.

The national day reception was hosted at the Chicago Cultural Center. The chief guest for the evening was Congressman Danny K. Davis, 7th Congressional District and other attendees included Judge Linda Davenport, Judge Rishi Agrawal, Mayor of Burr Ridge Mickey Straub, members of Diplomatic Corps, members of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Office of Foreign Mission (OFM), University Professors, Indian-American community leaders, Indian Association/Religious leaders and prominent local dignitaries from the Chicago and Midwest area.

Representatives from the office of Governor of Illinois Bruce Rauner, office of the Attorney General Ms. Lisa Madigan, office of the Mayor of City of Chicago Rahm Emanuel, and other Consul Generals also attended the event. On this occasion, proclamations and messages received from these offices were also read out announced.

The Independence Day Reception started with the national anthems of India and the US, followed by address by Bhushan.

In her address, Neeta Bhushan welcomed and thanked the guests for being a part of India’s 72nd Independence Day celebrations

The ceremony was followed by a cultural program where students from Natya Dance Theatre, Kalapadma Dance Academy and I-Radha School of Dance presented dance performances.

The function concluded with a grand banquet attended by over 400 guests in which many Indian delicacies were served. The 72nd Indian Independence Day celebrations were a success, and brought the Indian community together with a day of patriotism and reflection.

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