India Republic Day Celebrated in CT

Cultural feast

India’s Republic Day celebrated in Cape Town
India’s Republic Day celebrated in Cape Town

The Consulate General of India celebrated India’s 64th Republic Day with much fanfare at the Royal Cape Yacht Club on Saturday, 26 January. After reciting the Indian and South African national anthems, India’s newly-appointed Consul-General in Cape Town Her Excellency Dr Swati Kulkarni delivered a brief address. 

"India and South Africa have a shared history. We rejoiced with our South African brothers and sisters at the end of Apartheid. Today, both are large democracies and fast emerging economies with enormous potential for furthering existing co-operation,” she said.

About 300 dignitaries with diverse backgrounds participated in the event. Indian cuisine was served to the invitees while Master of Ceremonies Ms Pramila Vassan steered the event smoothly from beginning to end.

The event included inter-alia, a cultural programme showcasing Indian dance and music. Cape Town’s three prominent Indian dance schools performed dances from different parts of India. Merle O’Brien of Odissi Niketan Africa based at UCT School of Dance performed dance from the eastern state of Orissa called Odissi. Students of Olica Maniram’s Nataraja Dance Academy performed classical dance from the northern part of India called Kathak and students from the Vadhini Indian Dance Academy in Rylands showcased classical dance from South India called Bharatnatyam.


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