Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav is an initiative of the Government of India to celebrate and commemorate 75 years of progressive India and the glorious history of it’s people, culture and achievements.
This Mahotsav is dedicated to the people of India who have not only been instrumental in bringing India thus far in it’s evolutionary journey but also hold within them the power and potential to enable Prime Minister Modi’s vision of activating India 2.0, fuelled by the spirit of Atmanirbhar Bharat.
Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav is an embodiment of all that is progressive about India’s socio-cultural, political and economic identity. The official journey of “Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav” commences on 12th March, 2021 which starts a 75 week countdown to our 75th anniversary of Independence and will end post a year on 15th August, 2023.
Citizen Campaign: Low Cost, People Intensive
The Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav is an intensive, country wide campaign which will focus on citizen participation, to be converted into a ‘Janandolan’, where small changes, at the local level, will add up to significant national gains.
Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat
The intent is to further the idea of a sustained and structured framework of connection between people of different regions of India. The Mahotsav will work to enhance interaction and promote mutual understanding between people of different States & Union Territories by conducting activities in the areas of language, learning, tangible as well as intangible culture and heritage, paving the way for systematic process of mutual engagement and appreciation amongst people.
Every State, Every Language: Har Rajya, Har Bhasha
India writes in many languages and speaks in many more voices. In order to promote deeper inclusivity across the nation, regional languages will be highlighted and showcased. Emphasis shall also be on highlighting the positives of every region of India.
Emphasis on India’s Glorious History
India’s fabric has been woven by diverse linguistic, cultural and religious threads, held together into a composite national identity. India’s shared history is the bedrock of its nationhood. This would be highlighted in “Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav”.
2047 will be a watershed moment in India’s history; 100 years of India’s Independence. “Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav” will focus on India’s vision, aspiration of India’s youth and what India will be in the next 25 years. During this Mahotsav India will strive to take a "Shatabdi Sankalp” which will act as guiding light for India during next 25 years.
Showcasing India’s Development
Over the last 75 years, India has grown significantly across all sectors. The Mahotsav will showcase India’s accomplishments since 1947, instilling a sense of pride. India’s development has been remarkable and holds great promise for the future. From space and technology, to health and education, India’s growth story has been impressive and innovative across all sectors.
“Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav” will be shared and promoted around the world, also with India’s diverse diaspora across many continents. As we begin these celebrations, we invite people to participate digitally in the events that unfold through the year. These events will highlight India’s culture and heritage on a global stage and bring awareness globally to the unique legacy of India. Events overseas will depict India’s impressive growth story in all spheres.
EVENTS & ACTIVITIES
As part of the ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’ countdown to 15th August 2022, the event and activity calendar will have ‘75 events in 75 weeks’. All of the celebratory and commemorative efforts are intended to be people intensive and cost efficient.
The Main Curtain Raiser Event is planned for the 12th March, 2021 at Sabarmati Ashram precincts in Amdavad, Gujrat. On the same day, 75 events showcasing the diversity of India and its collective consciousness will be held at different locations across India.
All States Government and Union Territories have also been requested to plan their forthcoming events calender for the first 75 weeks.
Different ministries and departments under Government of India have conceptualized events that not only align with the overall focus on nation building but also help us appreciate in an ongoing manner the ideas of resilience and self reliance, connect with our rich cultural heritage and draw inspiration from India’s ever expanding role as a global leader.
- Commencement of the event from Sabarmati Ashram.
- Launch of 75 Episode program/ Web series “Journey of India” (the start day of Dandi March)
- Exhibition on Nand Lal Bose’s Haripura Congress.
- Inauguration of Virtual Museum on Ajanta.
- Exhibition on Nine Treasures of India, Inauguration of NGMA (Jaipur House)
- A Special TV and Radio Series on “India: Then and Now” (Day of Shaheed Divas)
- Independence 2.0: ‘Hum Sun Rahe Hain’- Social Media Advertisement (Ministry of Culture, )
- Launch of ‘Idea Box’ to Crowd source "Citizen’s Thoughts on India@75"
- Exhibition on Shashwat Nagri – Varanasi
- Gautam Buddha Museum, Delhi
- Inaugurating the Restored Jallianwala Bagh Memorial, Amritsar
- Guru Shishya Platform
- Biplabi Bharat Museum, Kolkata
- Success Stories of Indian Sportsperson in 75 years (Launch of Khelo India)
- Exhibition on Indian Paintings of 18th and 19th Century at National Museum
- Ten Online Exhibitions on Ramayana and Takshila Ornaments at National Museum
- Commemoration of Guru Tegh Bahadur Ji
- Exhibition by Information Ministry and Indian Railways across India (1857 Anniversary)
- Event at Red Fort on India@75
- Raja Ram Mohan Roy’s Jayanti (through RRRLF)
- Museum on India’s Prime Ministers , New Delhi
- Museum on Kashmir (Delhi)
- Cultural Festival (Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat), Kashmir
- Museum on Freedom Struggle (Delhi)
- International Yoga Day at the Global Level
- Exhibition on Central Asia (National Museum)
- Kedarnath Cultural Centre and Pilgrimage Route
- Government Museum, Chennai
- Victory Museum, Kolkata
- ‘Museum of Words’, Kolkata - an integrated museum; as a hub for collections, display and activities of all kinds of relating to literature, the world and text(oral, traditions, manuscripts,print,electronic texts) particularly from India.
- Development of ‘Shergadhi and Mubarak Mandi’ in Srinagar & Jammu
- Shri Pratap Singh (SPS) Museum, Development of Srinagar
- Department of School Education & Literacy conducted events based on the theme of Dandi March, Civil Disobedience Movement from 12th March 2021 to 15th April, 2021. Kolkata
- A series of activities including theme based display boards, painting competitions, webinars, quiz and talks by eminent persons was undertaken to initiate the Amrit Mahotsav commemoration process.
- More than 50 universities and colleges from 17 States across the country participated in the inaugural event of Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav. The events organised included seminars, symposiums, essay writing competitions, poster making competition etc.
- Academy of Maritime Education and Training, Chennai organised an essay writing competition on the theme Indian Freedom Movement. 32 Cadets participated who wrote about the starting of Indian freedom movement, its causes, course and resulting notable revolutions, sacrifices, etc. highlighting the impact of Indian freedom movement in today’s life.
- A National Symposium on India’s Independence was conducted
virtually on 12 March 2021 by Alagappa University. The objective
of the symposium is to pay tribute to the martyrs, who
sacrificed their lives for the nation’s freedom from the
clutches of alien rulers and to resolve to build an India of
their dreams. The themes of Symposium were:
- Role of Women in Salt Satyagraha
- Mahatma Jyotibha and Savitribai Phule
- Gandhiji: Passive Resistance as a Weapon
- An essay competition for students of Alagappa University and affiliated colleges was also launched.
- An online Guest lecture was organized by Amity University Madhya Pradesh to commemorate the launch of Dandi March on 12th March, 2021 in the series of celebrations to mark 75 years of India’s Independence. The topic of the Guest Lecture was ‘Revisiting the Gandhian Model of Development’ and the talk was delivered by Dr Saibal Basu, former professor, University of Notre Dame ,USA. A total of 80 students and 04 faculty members participated in the event.
- Amity University Madhya Pradesh also organized an Essay Writing Competition on 25th March, 2021 for all its students. The essay writing competition was notified on 12th March, 2021 and the last date of receiving the essays was on 25th March, 2021. The topic of the Essay Writing Competition was “Symbolism of Salt in Dandi March” in which students of UG and PG participated. A total of 35 students participated in the essay writing completion.
- NSS units of Avinashilingam Institute for Home Science and Higher Education for Women, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu have conducted seminar, symposium and essay writing competition in commemoration of 75th year of Indian Independence on 11.03.2021 and 12.03.2021 through online mode. March past was conducted inside the campus for which students and teachers have come with khadi saree.
- Baba Mastnath University Rohtak launched "Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav" by organising a symposium on India's freedom struggle followed by essay writing competition on the Amrit Mahotsav theme
- Rohilkhand Medical College and University, Bareilly organised symposium, essay writing competition, declamation and cultural programme on the commemoration of Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav. Students actively participated in the events
- Central University of Rajasthan organised webinar and online poster making competition to celebrate the Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav.Theme of the webinar was ‘Gandhi and India’s Freedom Struggle’. 10 students participated in the online poster making competition
- Chettinad Academy of Research and Education held 3 events for celebrating the India’s organised Seminar on India’s Struggle for Independence and Dandi March on 12.03.2021. Essay writing competition on India’s Independence Struggle in three languages - English, Hindi and Tami, on 15.03.2021.Nearly 50 NSS and UBA volunteers and students participated in the event.
- The Institute held another essay writing competition on “Contribution of South India towards Freedom Struggle’ in three languages - English, Hindi and Tamil on 16.03.2021. 50 students participated.
- As a part of आजादी काअमृत महोत्सव, Chinmaya Vishwavidyapeeth (CVV) conducted an online seminar on the topic ‘Indian Freedom Struggle’ on 12 March 2021
- An essay writing competition for students was announced on the
following topics -
- 1. My Vision of Free India
- 2. Mother and Motherland are Greater than Heaven
- 3. India after Independence - A Reality Checkup
- Fourth Anniversary of Ayushman Bharat which aims to provide free access to healthcare for 50 crore people in the country to be celebrated.
- Fortnight of Ayushman Pakhwada at 1.1 lakh functional Ayushman Bharat - Health and Wellness Clinics.
- Eat Right – Walkathon and Eat Right Mela
- Immunization Corners during weekly bazaars, fairs, festivals, exhibitions.
- Tele-consultation Services at 75,000 HWCs
- 7.5 lakhs Health Promotion Activities
- 75 Crores Cumulative Screenings of Common Communicable Diseases of TB and Leprosy.
- 75,000 School and Health Wellness Ambassadorsto be available in 200 Districts
- 75 lakhs + Wellness Sessions to be organized.
- Establishment of WHO Global Centre for Traditional Medicine (TM) in India.
- Global Yoga Projects :Yoga for All initiative to cover 75,000 villages across India
- Yoga Certification courses to be made available in 75 countries , thus creating 75,000 certified yoga personnel around the world. The courses would be a mix of online and offline offerings.
- Propagation of Healthy Lifestyle ‘Dincharya’ to be undertaken and Medicinal Plants to be distributed in in 75,000 Schools.
- Aatma Nirbhar Kisan initiative to support cultivation of Medicinal Plants covering 75.000 hectares. About 50,000 to 60,000 farmer already identified for initiation of cultivation of medicinal plants commercially. Currently about 250 land clusters have been identified and wherever necessary the new cluster formation will be done
- Medical Camps by Ayurveda/ Siddha/ Unani/ Homoeopathy Colleges and other Ayush Institutions to be organized. Drive to identify and document ‘Local Medicinal Plants’ and ‘Traditional Foods & Recipes of India’
- Setting up of AYUSH GRID with user, vertical specific applications along with environmental interfaces would be undertaken
- Country wide Rozgar Mela Week to be organized in all states from 9-15th August.
- Adarsh Gram Skill Camps as part of Skill Melas: & Day Skill India Heritage Camp to be held at heritage sites.
- One week Special Training Programs around the theme of "Skilling in India@75"
- Launch of Bharat Skills-Learning Management System (LMS)
- Generation of 75 Crore Health IDs in 75 weeks
- 1-Day Virtual celebration of 7500 Health facilities registration
- NDHM 1st Anniversary Celebration to have an International Conference on Robust and Inclusive Digital Health Systems
- A curated digital collection of Health Stalwarts (75 stories)
- 1 Day celebration of Two Crore Hospital Admissions (May 2021)
- Ayushman Bharat Pakhwara from 1st to 15th September, 2021
- E-card Generation Drive
- Beneficiary Empowerment and Awareness
- Arogya Manthan 3.0 from 20th to 24th September, 2021
- Launch of Coffee Table Book on 20th September,2021
- Collection of 100 Testimonials of AB PM-JAY Beneficiaries, Doctors and Frontline workers
- Holding of an event on opening of 7500th store under Pradhan Mantri Bharatiya Janausjadhi Pariyojana (MBJP) scheme.
- Dissemination of information about ‘Jan Aushadhi Kendras’ as a good practice amongst neighbouring and other Asian/ African countries.
- Holding of week-long events during Jan Aushadhi Diwas on 7th March
- Conducting special, on-line courses for foreign students
- Organizing specially designed courses for industry workers for their skill development
- Generating publicity material and holding Awareness Campaigns
- Organizing National level Seminars
- Organizing Regional and State level Webinars through PMRUs
- NSS Volunteers to launch a year-long drive
- Promote Cleanliness of Monuments.
- Organize Science Exhibitions in about 30,000 educational institutions across the country.
- Youth led Clean Village Campaign: Coverage of over six lakh villages. The campaign will also involve plantation of 5 crore local species and medicinal plants.
- Establishing Disaster Risk Reduction and Preparedness Teams: Of 1 lakh trained youth volunteers in hazard prone districts to act as first responders to disaster.
- Taking forward Khelo India activities
- 10,000 Sporting Talents
- 500 Khelo India Small Centres
- 50 Khelo India National Academies of Excellence
- World Class Training to 5000 Sportspersons
Here are some glimpses of the cycle rally organized by members of the National Service Scheme Lakhimpur-Kheri at the inauguration of the ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’. The sole aim of the NSS is to provide hands on experience to young students to develop their personality through community service.
- Here are glimpses of celebration of Amrit Mahotsav by volunteers
from Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan, which is an autonomous
organization under Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports,
Government of India
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- Nehru Yuva Kendra Siaha which lies in the north-eastern state of Mizoram celebrated 'Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav' by organizing Neighborhood Youth Parliament.
- Start ups , Technology Awards , Hackathons
- Promotion of Horticultural Crops
- 75 mass awareness campaigns, one every week , on identified themes
- Portal on 75 years of Indian Agriculture
- 75 Special Krishi Karman Awards 2002
- Formalization of micro Food Processing Enterprises.
- Generate 9 lakh skilled and semi-skilled resources
- Two lakh micro food processing units
- Gram Brand Ambassador – Identify 75 best performing Gram Panchayats, Block Samities and Zilla Parisahds as ‘Agents of Change’
- Ministry of Rural Development is the nodal Ministry for most of the development and welfare activities in the rural areas. The vision and mission of the Ministry is sustainable and inclusive growth of rural India through a multipronged strategy for eradication of poverty by increasing livelihoods opportunities, providing social safety net and developing infrastructure for growth.
- Multiples activities ranging from rain water harvesting, horticulture drives, program for women, sharing of best practices etc. have been undertaken by the Ministry of Rural Development to celebrate Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav
- Mahatma Gandhi NREGA pre-monsoon Water Conservation Drive during the Catch the Rain Campaign, 3rd – 9th May, 2021
- Mahatma Gandhi NREGA pre-monsoon Water Conservation Drive during the Catch the Rain Campaign, 19th April – 25th April, 2021
- Mahatma Gandhi NREGA pre-monsoon Water Conservation Drive during the Catch the Rain Campaign, 26th April – 2nd May, 2021
- Mahatma Gandhi NREGA pre-monsoon Water Conservation Drive during the Catch the Rain Campaign, 10th - 16th May, 2021
- Campaign on Immunity building, health seeking behavior and COVID - 19 Vaccine by DAY-NRLM, 8th – 30th April, 2021
- Inauguration of Gender Samvaad under DAY-NRLM, 12th – 18th April, 2021
- Mahatma Gandhi NREGA Horticulture Drive
- (29th March - 4th April, 2021)
- In this Horticulture Drive saplings were developed in the nursery of gram panchayat.
- Sharing of best practices by Social Action Committee (SAC) members under DAY-NRLM, 22nd – 28th March, 2021
- India @75 Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav is a 75 weeks long celebration which was launched by Prime Minister on 12th March 2021. As part of this Mahotsav, under the Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana – National Rural Livelihoods Mission (DAY-NRLM) being implemented by Ministry of Rural Development, all the states have conducted virtual sessions for sharing of best practices and experiences in the implementation of Gender interventions by Social Action Committee members of the Village Organizations and Cluster Level Federations under DAY-NRLM from 22nd to 28th March 2021.
- The rural women shared many inspiring experiences where they, with the support of their community institutions, could help women overcome gender related issues and access their rights and entitlements. They also talked about the institutional mechanisms put in place to help victims facing gender related issues.
Thirty States/UTs have conducted virtual sessions and a total of
86,539 participants attended this event in all the states.
Besides the Village and Cluster level Social Action Committee
(SAC) members, the Community Resource Persons, staff from the
state, district and block mission management units also
participated. The following were the broad issues discussed in
different states during virtual sessions:
- Adult Women Literacy initiatives
- Prevention of Early Marriage
Access to rights & entitlements
- Convergence with government schemes like- Swachch Bharat Mission, Kanya Sumangala yojana, Pradhan Mantri jeevan jyoti and Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Suraksha Bima Yojana
- Gender Based Violence-Campaign for justice for family of dowry death victims
- Anti-Alcoholism action
- Retention of children in schools especially girl child
- Women’s health and safety
- Separate toilets in schools for girls and boys
- Monitoring mid-day meals
- Sexual harassment of girlsat work place and domestic violence cases
- Gaps in institutional delivery,
- Wage disparity and substance abuse
- Awareness raising on family planning,
- Financial support to needy families,
- COVID-19 response
- Mobilizing and educating adolescents on life skills,
- Providing livelihoods to womenwho are in distress,
- Helping child rape survivors
- Women Livelihood promotion
- Awareness on Women Laws
- Awareness activities for the sensitive issues like female feticides
- Nari Sarvopri social media campaign celebrating the women participation in all MoRD programmes, 15th - 21st March, 2021
- NRLM National Awards to the CBOs on the International Women’s Day, 8th March, 2021
- Implementation of Digital India Land Records Modernization Programme and Prime Minister Krishi Sinchayee Yojna (Watershed Development Component)
- National Level Conference on importance of Development of Rainfed and Degraded Areas in India
- Organising awareness programmes at State, district & block level about importance of Soil & Water Conservation
- Ganga Quest :Online international quiz on Ganga and its ecosystem (April and May, 2021)
- Rag Rag mein Ganga: Public connect travelogue serial from Uttarakhand to West Bengal
- Nat Geo film on Ganga
- Ganga Utsav 2021(2nd to 4th November, 2021)
- 3rd National Water Awards
- Har Ghar Jal Rajya: State wise events where 100% coverage of tap water has been achieved
- Satyagrah se Swachhagrah Rath Yatra: 36 Raths from State capitals to all States to assemble at a place of importance (15 Aug 2021 to 2 Oct 2021)
- Gobardhan Sachcha-dhan: IEC campaign (15 Aug 2021 – 15 Aug 2021)
15th March, 2021
The progress of a nation and it’s market evolution also depends on the awareness of the consumers. After all educated consumers make informed choices. A webinar on ‘World Consumer Rights Day’ was organized at the headquarters of Bureau of Indian Standards, in which several consumer organizations participated.
They were apprised of the activities undertaken by BIS, including e-BIS and BIS Care App, to support the cause of the consumer. Similar programmes were organized at BIS Regional and Branch Offices. A special banner on “Celebrating Indian Independence 75 years- in service to the Nation” was showcased BIS HQ.
6th April, 2021
A seminar on “Standardization in the field of Khadi- A Symbol of India’s Independence” was organized at BIS HQ. Stakeholders from various industry associations, consumer organizations etc. were the attendees of the event.
- Development of National Highways : 35,000 kms by 15th August, 2022
- Monertization of NHs (TOT), and InvIT, SPV, Securitization ; Rs. 45, 000 crores by 15th August, 2022
- Car Rally in collaboration with Kalinga Motorsports covering the places of Historical importance in India
- Azaadi Express
- Exhibition at National Rail Museum
- Digital screens to be installed and digital museums set up.
- National Tribal Freedom Museum in Gujarat & Jharkhand
- Development of 10,000 SC majority villages
- Declaration of drug-free district under Nasha Mukt Bharat Abhiyan
- Establishing Bal Vatikas at Anganwadi Centres
- National Institute of Mental Health Rehabilitation
- Generate 1 crore Unique Disability ID cards (December 2022)
- Centre for Disability Sports at Gwalior: August, 2022
- Setting up Early Intervention Centres at 7 National Institutes & 20 Composite Regional Centres.
- Centralized Investment Clearance Cell (ICC) to be set up.
- Develop India International Convention and Expo Centre in Dwarka
- Startup India Seed Fund Scheme (SISFS) proposed : outlay of INR 945 Crore
- Credit Guarantee Scheme with an annual corpus of 500 crore per annum for 4 years to be launched by August 2021
- Reduce time taken in examination of Patents from an average of 72 months to around 36 months at present and further 12 months by December 2021.
- Reduce compliance burden and promote ease of doing business - environment with two phase action plan
- Ministry of Tourism joined the ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav’ celebrations with many events organized across India by different states on 12th March, 2021
- To commemorate the sacrifices of those who came before us and fought for our freedom , various commemorative events were organized across India for Shaheedi Diwas on 23rd March, 2021. A mix of online and offline events were explored to pay tributes to the martyrs.
Other events organized by Ministry of Tourism in March
- India Pavilion @ World Expo, 2020, Dubai
- Replicate Varanasi Agri Export Hub Model in other Agri Clusters
- Build on the Champion Services Sector initiative
- Launch 3D printing parks and encourage 3d printing production lines, start-ups and associated skilling and R&D
- Steel Murals portraying freedom fighters, their struggle and achievements
- “Steel Rath/Bus Yatra’’- a mobile museum exhibition of Steel products
- Organize a “Steel Fest” at ITPO Pragati Maidan for 2 days
- Conduct of photo exhibition on use of Plastics & Waste Management
- Awareness program at schools about polymers, plastics, Reuse, Recycle, Reduce and giving the illustrations of the activities at Central Institute of Petrochemicals Engineering and Technology.
- Global Bio-India to be organized (March 2022). India will achieve US$ 100 Bn bioeconomy by then
- Establishment of the National Microbial Resource Institute (NMRI)
- Establishment of ONE HEALTH research platform
- 10 Biotech URJIT clusters to be set up
- Launch of Himalyan Bioresource Mission
- Organizing a Hackathon on aspects related to future of Telecom in India@75
- Inauguration of a Telecom Museum, online repository of photos
- Ministry of Earth Sciences joined the Amrit Mahotsav
commemoration initiatives with various activities planned across
the month of March . On 16th March 2021, a beach cleaning and
awareness program was undertaken by the team members of National
Council of Coastal Research
- The annual Indo-German Forum of the DWIH addressed the multifaceted topic of urbanisation and climate-change. The Forum brought together about 35 scientists, decision-makers, and professionals from different disciplines mainly from India and Germany but also from Australia, the EU, South Africa, and South Asia, to present research projects and analysis on the relationship of cities and climate.
Among other things, the Forum addressed the questions of how
cities adapt to climate-change and how urban settlements can
minimize their environmental impact. A special session on
‘Coastal Cities & Climate Change’ held on 17th March, 2021 was
chaired by Mr. K. Venkatarama Sharma, Scientist (F) & Group Head
(Marine Ecotoxicology), National Centre of Coastal Research.
As part of the Amrit Mahotsav commemoration on March 23, 2021 ,
‘Akhil Bhartiya Kavi Sammelan’ was organized with participation
from eminent poets and satirists Gajendra Solanki, Sarita Gupta
and Vineet Pandya.
A special lecture on ‘Societal Benefits of Ocean Information
Services’ was held on March 23, 2021 as part of the ’IITM World
Meteorological Day Special Lecture series. The talk was given by
Dr. T. Srinivasa Kumar, Director , Indian National Centre for
Ocean Information Services , Hyderabad.
- Transformative Governance through National E-Governance Division
- National Policy on Software Products 2019 to develop India as a Software Product Nation
- Extensive People’s Participation through
- Launching an Ideas Box for crowdsourcing citizen ideas for India@75
- Organizing a Mega TownHall to connect with 75 key Indians who have shaped India@75
- Launch of Design competition for India@75
- Global Digital Outreach by NIC to propagate achievements at India@75
- Excellence in Governance : Global HR Summit
- Creating Karmayogis – A future ready civil service for India
- Ek Bharat, Ek Jazba- Ek Seva campaign
- Issue of Commemorative postage stamps on lesser known freedom fighters – tribals,women,teachers etc.
- India@75 – Journey through Stamps – Book/ Documentary
- Philately Exhibition
- Establish Dak Ghar Niryat Kendra in around 800 post offices
- "Conclave of Good Governance" to be organized (75 weeks of webinars)
- India@75 Celebrations by Indian Mission Abroad
- Lighting of Iconic buildings in all countries in Indian colours
- Global short film competition on “My Impression of India”
- Seminar on India@75 in collaboration with think tanks, universities and/ or media houses.
- Organization of Seminar and Conferences
- A special Amrit Mahotsav initiative was the 75 Tree Plantation drive at the headquarters of the Indian Coast Guard in New Delhi.The officers and personnel of the Coast Guard enthusiastically participated in the event held to commemorate 75 years of India’s independence.
TREE PLANTATION DRIVE HELD IN NEW DELHI.
- Community Interaction Programmes (CIP) was held at the North
West Regional Head Quarter of the Coast Guard in Gandhinagar.
These programmes have been structured to encourage greater
appreciation of our maritime heritage within the coastal
communities and to sensitise the communities living around the
coastal areas about their role in maintaining the ecological
balance and security of our coastal frontiers.
COMMUNITY INTERACTION PROGRAMME CONDUCTED IN GANDHINAGAR
An ayurveda based medical camp was held at the North West
Regional Head Quarter of the Coast Guard in Gandhinagar. The
camp not only diagnosed ailments of attendees but also
familiarised participants with different ayurvedic ingredients
and their benefits and made available medicines prepared in
AYURVEDA MEDICAL CAMP HELD IN GANDHINAGAR
- Launch/ Demonstration Activities covering
- Light Combat Aircraft Mk-II
- DRDO Satellite ‘ANVESHA’ with imaging payloads
- Vehicle for Defence Applications (VEDA)
- Submarine Launch Cruise Missile(SLCM)
- Long Range Anti-ship Missile (LR-AShM)
- Air to Surface Missile (ASM) “ RUDRAM-II”
- Long Range Radar(LRR)
- Digital Active Phased Array (DAPA) Radar
- Surface Wave Over The Horizon (OTH) Radar
- Kisan Unnati BARC Beej ke Saath – 75 agricultural roadshows and Kisan Unnati Melas to promote breeder seeds and smart farming technologies
- Launch of Exhibition by Hon’ble Minister of Info. & Broadcasting
- Virtual Inauguration of six exhibitions on ‘Stages of Freedom Movement’ and prominent freedom fighters by Hon’ble Minister of I&B was done. These included Samba District (Jammu and Kashmir), Bangalore (Karnataka), Pune (Maharashtra), Bhubaneswar (Odisha), Moirang (Manipur), Patna (Bihar).
- The Exhibition at Samba, Jammu is organised at Brigadier Rajender Singh Pura Bagoona, which is the birthplace of Brigadier Rajender Singh, also known as 'Saviour of Kashmir' who single-handedly faced off against Pakistan backed tribesmen during an attack in October, 1947 in Kashmir and laid down his life in the conflict. Brigadier Rajender Singh and his men successfully delayed the forward movement of Pakistani tribal raiders towards Srinagar until the Indian Army arrived. On 30 December 1949, he became independent India's first recipient of the MahaVir Chakra.
The Regional Outreach Bureau, Bengaluru organised the exhibition
at Kendriya Sadana, Kormangala, Bengaluru. In Bengaluru there
are many places associated with the freedom struggle movement
like National High School Ground, Gandhi Bhavana, Bannappa Park,
Freedom Park and Yeswantpura railway station. The exhibition has
sought to highlight contributions of local freedom fighters
along with national freedom fighters.
- The exhibition at Pune was organised at The Aga Khan Palace which is a majestic building, closely linked to the Indian freedom movement as it served as a prison for Mahatma Gandhi, his wife Kasturba Gandhi, his secretary Mahadev Desai and Sarojini Naidu.
- Mahatma Gandhi and the others were interned in the palace for twenty one months from 9 August 1942 to 6 May 1944, following the launch of Quit India Movement. Kasturba Gandhi and Mahadev Desai died during their captivity period in the palace and their ‘Samadhis’ are located there. Mahatma Gandhi and Kasturba Gandhi have their memorials located in the same complex, near Mula River.
- Regional Outreach Bureau, Bhubaneswar is organized exhibition from 12th to 16th March in Khorda district. The district is historically significant as a number of freedom fighters were born in this district. During these five days, exhibitions, seminars, cultural programs and other competitions were organised. Panels highlighting significant contribution of freedom fighters from Odisha have also been displayed.
- Moirang occupies a unique place in the history of India’s freedom struggle and holding the photo exhibition here as part of the celebration of Azadi ka Amrut Mahotsav is very significant. It was in Moirang that the flag of the INA was first unfurled on April 14,1944.
- The virtual inauguration of the 5-Day Photo Exhibition on Azadi ka Amrut Mahotsav at INA Memorial Auditorium at Moirang in Bishnupur District of Manipur was attended by Dr. RK Ranjan Singh, Member of Parliament (Lok Sabha), senior officials of State Art and Culture Department and District Administration of Bishnupur.
- The main features of the exhibition showcased major landmarks of India’s struggle for independence, Non-Cooperation Movement, Civil Disobedience, Quit India Movement etc. with special focus on Dandi March, Mahatma Gandhi, Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, Sardar Patel and other leaders of the movement who made sacrifices for our country.
- Cultural programmes like theme songs on nationalism, indigenous drum dances, dances of India and martial arts were performed by the staff and empanelled artists of Regional Outreach Bureau, quiz and extempore speech competition for students were the other attractions of the programme.
- The Exhibition at Patna has been organised at Anugrah Narayan College. The college is named after Anugrah Narayan Singh who was a leading freedom fighter and played an important role during Gandhiji's Champaran satyagraha. The Exhibition, highlighted important freedom fighters of Bihar. Rare footage of freedom fighters was screened on LED TV and a cultural program was organized.
- Through images the exhibitions of BOC have made an effort to capture some of the unforgettable moments from our freedom struggle as well as the people who participated in it. These exhibitions will showcase the sacrifices and struggles of various freedom icons like Mahatma Gandhi, Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru,Smt. Sarojini Naidu, Chakravarti Rajagopalachari, Bal Gangadhar Tilak, Bipin Chandra Pal, Lala Lajpat Rai and revolutionaries like Shaheed Bhagat Singh, Chandrashekhar Azad, Ram Prasad Bismil and many more.
- The Andaman & Nicobar Islands joined the festivities of India @75 with befitting programmes on 12th March, 2021. The festivities began with Admiral DK Joshi, PVSM, AVSM, YSM, NM, VSM (Retd.), Hon’ble Lt Governor, A&N Islands paying floral tribute to the heroes of our freedom struggle at the Martyrs’ Column, National Memorial Cellular Jail. Thereafter, the Lt Governor flagged off a Freedom Run from the historic Cellular Jail which saw an overwhelming participation by people from all walks of life and culminated at the Flag Point. The National Memorial Cellular Jail was particularly chosen for the launching of the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav as it is a mute witness to the untold sufferings and sacrifices of our freedom fighters who laid down their lives for the cause of their motherland.
- Remembering the significant contributions made by our freedom fighters, a melodious patriotic musical programme was presented by the artistes of BRW Music Wing and Sitesh Live Orchestra as a tribute to the heroes of our freedom struggle in the premises of Cellular Jail.
- Earlier, a seminar was held at JNRM which saw active participation of college students. At Govt. Model Sr. Sec. School, the students displayed their writing skill in the essay competition organized as part of the event. Prizes were also distributed to the winners of the competition. An exhibition on Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose showcasing the life history, significant contributions of Netaji in India’s freedom struggle was held at National Memorial Cellular Jail.
- The events saw active participation of Islanders who joined in the celebrations with their fellow brethrens across the country.
Hon’ble Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh Sri Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy honouring Smt Seetha Mahalakshmi, daughter of Late Sri Pingali Venkayya, at her residence, Macherla, Guntur District on 12-03-2021
District Collector, Krishna Participates in Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav Rally.
District Collector, Krishna Participates in Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav Celebrations at Ghantasala, College of Music and Dance.
- Hon’ble Governor of Arunachal Pradesh, Brig (Dr.) BD Mishra (Retd.) participated in a “Dandi March” organized at Sainik School, Niglok, EastSiang to celebrate the Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav.
- A memorable moment was the celebration of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav at historic Kekar Monying in EastSiang district. The place saw fierce resistance from Adi tribe against British in early 20th century. NSS Volunteers participated in a rally to launch Azadi Ki Amrut Mohatsav at Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh.
- The festivities of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav also showcased the colourful cultural diversity of NorthEast. Volunteers of National Service Scheme participated in the beautiful event at Itanagar.
- A photo display of India’s freedom fighters and important events related to the freedom struggle movement was put up today at Itanagar to celebrate the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav. The photo exhibition was organized by Department of IPR.
- A cycle Rally was organised in Lohit, Arunachal Pradesh as part of Azadi Ka Amrut Mahotsav.
- To inculcate patriotism, nationalism and to nurture creativity, a painting competition was organized for the students of Government schools in Itanagar. Students from government schools in Aalo, West Siang took out a rally to celebrate India’s 75th year of Independence.
- Glimpses from inaugural events of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav celebration held across Dadar & Nagar Haveli and Daman & Diu on 12th March, 2021. Cycle rallies were held at Daman, Daman & Diu and at Silvassa, Dadar & Nagar Haveli.
- Floral tributes were offered to the heroes of the freedom struggle movement in India and a cultural programme was organised by school students at Diu as part of the curtain raiser activities.
- A cycle rally was held as part of the curtain raiser activities for Amrit Mahotsav in Chandigarh. The rally started from the War Memorial at Sector 3 and ended at Tagore Theatre in Sector 18, Chandigarh, thus covering a total distance of about 4 kilometres. The War Memorial in Chandigarh preserves the memory of about 10,500 brave martyrs from the states of Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, and the Union Territory of Chandigarh. It is an expression of the nation’s gratitude for the supreme sacrifice made by its bravehearts.
- A photo exhibition highlighting heroes of our freedom struggle & celebrating seventy five years of India’s independence was held at Tagore Theatre. The exhibition was a collaborative effort of the Regional Outreach Bureau, Chandigarh and the Bureau of Outreach and Communication, Information and broadcasting Ministry, Government of India.
- A mix of skits, choreographed danced performances and musical renditions added to the festive spirit of the curtain raiser events.
- The Curtain raiser events of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav were held in Kerela in three historic places in the state, namely, Payyannur in Kannur district, Mananthavadi in Wayanad district and Kundara in Kollam district. All these three places are of great historical significance for their association with India's glorious and valiant struggle against the foreign rule.
- Payyannur, known as 'the Second Bardoli', a small town at the northern end of Kerala had been at the forefront of our freedom struggle. The town had witnessed unprecedented and highly spirited participation of the public in their struggle for independence through Salt Sathyagraha, Quit India Movement and the Khadi Propagation. Payyannur still keeps the fond memory of Mahatma Gandhi who visited the freedom fighters at Payyannur multiple times.
- Mananthavady is where the heroic prince, Kerala Varma Pazhassi Raja fought the British forces and embraced martyrdom in 1805. The brave son of Travancore, Veluthambi Dalawa rose in revolt against the British and at Kundara in Southern Kerala gave a call to the common people through the famed Kundara Proclamation of 1809 to rise against the oppressors. The Dalawa was later waylaid at Mannadi, a nearby village where he gave up life and became an immortal martyr.
- Kundara: The state level inauguration of the 75-week long celebration was done by the Hon'ble Governor of Kerala, Shri. Arif Muhammed Khan at Kundara on 12th March, 2021. Dr. V.P. Joy, I.A.S., the Chief Secretary, Kerala, Smt. Rani George, I.A.S, Principal Secretary, Cultural Affairs Department, Dr. N. Radhakrishnan, Chairman, Kerala Gandhi Smaraka Nidhi, T.R. Sadasivan Nair, Director, Culture Department attended the function.
- Elaborate exhibitions of Khadi products by the Kerala Gandhi Smaraka Nidhi, mural paintings by the Vasthuvidya Gurukulam and books exhibition by the Kerala Bookmark also were done as part of the programme. Film screening and a music programme of folk and patriotic songs were also held.
- Earlier on the day, a two Kilometre long 'Padayatra' too was held from the Kundara Veluthambi Dalawa Memorial to the Gurudeva Auditorium where the inaugural programme was held. Floral tributes were also paid at the memorial of Valuthambi Dalawa who laid down his life fighting the British soldiers.
- Similar celebrations were held at Payyannur in Kannur district and at Mananthavadi in Wayanad district. Padayatras, exhibitions, public meetings, film and book exhibitions, music programmes were held. Covid protocol was strictly followed in all the above places. It was decided that the 'Azadi Ka Amrut Mahotsav' would be celebrated for 75-weeks after March 12. The 75 places which are of great historical significances were identified.
- The second week's celebration was held at Vattiyoorkavu at Thiruvananthapuram. Vattiyoorkavu has a memorable story of freedom struggle to tell. The Travancore State Congress which fought for responsible Government and India's independence had to face stiff opposition and this created history.
- The celebration programme was arranged on 20th March 2021 at Vattiyoorkavu by the Guru Gopinath Natanagramam, an autonomous institution under the Culture Department, Government of Kerala. Floral tributes were paid at the Freedom Memorial at Vattiyoorkavu. Quiz competition for children and a public meeting was held as part of the celebrations.
- The 3rd week's programme was held by the Vasthuvidya Gurukulam in tandem with the College of Engineering, Aranmula, Pathanamthitta district on 27th March. An exhibition of mural painting, public meeting, quiz and painting competitions, were held as part of this celebrations. The event saw participation of large numbers of youngsters. The 75-week long Azadi Ka Amrut Mahaotsav is sure to inspire the younger generation to dedicate themselves to the cause of the nation.
- As a part of the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav to mark the beginning of the nationwide celebrations of the 75th anniversary of India's independence, a series of events and activities were held in Kargil with patriotic fervor and zeal.
- The daylong events started with the inauguration of an Archery exhibition match by the Deputy Commissioner and CEO, LAHDC, Kargil Santosh Sukhadeve along with the Senior Superintendent of Police Kargil Anayat Ali Choudhary at Khree Sultan Chow Sports Stadium Biamathang, Kargil.
- The Deputy Commissioner Kargil along with the SSP, Kargil also flagged off a freedom run from Khree Sultan Chow Sports Stadium Biamathang, Kargil which after passing through different locations of Baroo and Kargil Town culminated at Language Centre New Academy Complex, Kargil where the main function was held.
- During the main function, speakers including the DC Kargil Santosh Sukhadeve, District Youth Services and Sports Officer (DYSSO) Kargil, Muhammad Hussain Rehnuma, District Coordinator, Nehru Yuva Kendra (NYK), Kargil Jigmet Spaldon, Assistant Professor Government Degree College (GDC), Kargil Tsewang Gyaltson and Representative of Zila Sainik Welfare, Kargil Retired Naik Haji Muhammad Mussa spoke at length about the noteworthy sacrifices and great contribution of the freedom fighters in the emancipation of India from the British slavery.
- At the main event, Ladakh Academy of Art, Culture and Languages Kargil presented a 30 minutes play on the theme Indian Independence and Freedom struggle which was presented by the artists of the Regional Art and Theatre Arts Group (Ranthag), Kargil while a short documentary of film on the theme India’s Freedom Struggle was presented by Government Degree College, Kargil.
- The dignitaries and all participants at the main event took pledge to protect the sovereignty and integrity of the country and also expressed their pledge towards nation building. As a part of the celebrations, Forest Department Kargil issued saplings/plants to various departments and institutions including Police Department, BDOs of Rural Development Department and different Panchayats to carry out plantations in different parts of the district.
- 3000 saplings/plants were issued to different departments which were later planted at different locations at the District Headquarter Kargil, Shakar Chiktan Sub Division and Shargole Block.
- As a part of the celebrations, the Education Department Kargil organized inter school drawing and essay competitions wherein 6 students each from different government high schools participated in the competitions. The students in their essays and paintings paid tributes to the freedom fighters of India.
- Amid heavy snowfall, a day long symposium titled 'Indian Freedom Struggle' and a debate competition was organized at Government Degree College (GDC) Drass wherein the Assistant Professors and students spoke about the importance of freedom struggle the sacrifices of the freedom fighters during the Indian Freedom Movement.
- District Legal Service Authority (DLSA) Kargil organized a program for celebration of “Bharat Ka Amrut Mahotsav” at Tourist Facilitation Centre Biamathang, Kargil which was conducted under the guidance and supervision of the Chairman DLSA Kargil Muhammad Rafiq Chak.
- Secretary DLSA Kargil Wangial Tsering, President Panchayat Coordination Committee Haji Issa Ali, Principal Suru Valley School Kargil Ghulam Mohammad, President Bar Association Advocate Khadim Hussain, Advocate Mustafa MH, Sarpanchs, Panchs, members of Nehru Yuva Kendra, staff of District Court Kargil and Para Legal Volunteers (PLVs) were present on the occasion.
- The speakers on the occasion threw light on the history and achievements of India in the last 75 years. The topic of Preamble of the Constitution and Article 39A along with provisions of Legal Services Authorities Act were also discussed by the speakers.
- A question answer session was also held on the occasion.
- As a part of the various events in order to celebrate 75 years of India’s Independence under 'Azadi Ka Amrut Mohatsav' a program was organized at Government Degree College Kargil during which the speakers highlighted that the independence that we have got through struggle and determination of our forefathers is imperishable and we should strive hard to strengthen the sovereignty and integrity of India.
- Speakers added that the Preamble of the Constitution of India defines the dreams on which our founders of the nation wanted this country to be made and we all should uphold the spirit of the Preamble and the spirit of Independent India.
- A brief history of the freedom struggle of India was delivered through a PowerPoint presentation.
Celebrations of 75 years of India’s independence also coincide with 50 years of statehood for Meghalaya. Conrad Sangma , the Chief Minister of Meghalaya led the people of the State in celebrating Amrit Mahotsav
The celebrations also witnessed an enthralling performance by the Shillong Chamber Choir & great showmanship by ICCR through the docu drama on Meghalaya's freedom fighters at the curtain raiser for the Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav.
- On 12th March, 2021, Opening March of Azaadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav was organised in the august presence of Shri R.Lalzirliana, Hon’ble Minister, Art & Culture Department, Govt. of Mizoram and Smt. Zodingpuii, Secretary to Govt. of Mizoram, Art & Culture Department.
- A contingent of 75 college students had marcedh from the south and the north corner of Aizawl city and conglomerated at Vanapa Hall. At this point, Hon’ble Minister and Director, Art & Culture Department had delivered short speech on the struggle for India’s Independence.
- On 23rd March, 2021, a seminar on Bhagat Singh was successfully organised at the Govt. T. Romana College.
- Asst. Professor. Smt.Catherine Lalhruaitluangi Chhangte, spoke about the “Life and Works of Bhagat Singh” and Shri Thanghmingliana, Asst. Professor touched upon “Bhagat Singh and his Ideology”
- In the UT of Puducherry, Hon'ble Lt. Governor Dr. Tamilisai Soundararajan has kick-started the celebrations of ‘Azadi Ka Amrut Mahotsav before the statue of Mahatma Gandhi at the Gandhi Square, Beach Road, Puducherry after paying floral tribute to the photo of Mahatma Gandhi ji in the early hours of 12.3.2021.
- After paying floral tributes to the Mahatma Gandhi ji, she has honoured the veteran Freedom Fighters who had come and graced the occasion. Thereafter, the Hon'ble Lt. Governor has flagged off the cycle rally of 75 school students led by Thiru. Dr. A. P. Maheswari, Advisor to Lt. Governor and the symbolic Dandhi March led a group of 78 school students and NSS volunteers, who were went to the sea shore to take the salt to mark of the 91st anniversary of the first day of Dandhi March.
- The Hon'ble Lt. Governor Dr. Tamilisai Soundararajan has started the 75000 tree plantation event by planting a sapling at the Gandhi Square abetting the Beach Road and opposite to the Chief Secretariat, Puducherry and she has flagged off the Boat Rally of 75 boats in the Bay of Bengal from the Gandhi Square as the final event.
- The entire area around the Gandhi Statue was with Patriotic fervour with singing of Patriotic Songs and carry out the bhajan by the talented musicians of Bharathiyar Palkalai Koodam, Puducherry.
- After that, addressing the media and the public gathered at the Gandhi Thidal, the Hon'ble Lt. Governor said that Puducherry is the land of freedom fighters and social reformers like Subramania Bharathi, Sri Aurobindo, Bharathidasan etc. and we should protect and preserve the freedom fighters efforts in true spirits.
- The event was attended by Thiru. Dr. C. Chandramouli, IAS(Retd), Thiru. Dr. A.P. Maheshwari, IPS(Retd) , both Advisors to the Lt. Governor, Thiru. Ashwani Kumar, Chief Secretary, the Secretaries to the Govt., Officials of various other Departments and the public in large number.
A festival of Choreographic Works was presented by Sangeet Natak Academy in collaboration with Archaeological Survey of India at Purana Qila, New Delhi between March 26 – 28, 2021. The performances included presentations from various performing groups and artist repertories from across the country.
On 26th March, 2021, Prasiddha Dance Repertory from Delhi presented a piece titled ‘Walking with the Mahatma’ choreographed by Pratibha Prahlad. Shama Bhate from Nandroop Pune choreographed the performance titled ‘Peed Padayi Jaane Re.’
On 27th March, 2021, Jayatu Bharatam choreographed by Geeta Chandran was showcased by the Natya Vriksha Dance Company from Delhi. This was followed by a piece titled Shanthi Path by the Shambhavi School of Dance from Bangalore which was choreographed by Vyjayanthi Kashi. The final piece for that evening was Ba and Bapu presented by the dancers from R.K Akademy Dance Music and Art School & G.C.D.C , Seraikella With choreography by Kuildip Mahata & Prashanta Swain.
On 28th March, 2021, Abhinaya Society, Guwahati presented Lui Parot Gandhi choreographed by Anita Sharma followed by Shradhanjali presented by Jawaharlal Nehru Manipur Dance Academy, Imphal, with choreography by W. Lokendrajit Singh.
Pathrughat Ki Veergatha
The supreme sacrifice of the 140 peasants of the historic Patharughat Peasants’ Uprising was commemorated with a cultural programme called “Patharughat Ki Veer Gatha” at Natya Mandir, Darrang district in Assam on April 2, 2021.
The event was organized as part of the “Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav” being celebrated to mark 75 years of independence of India.
Padamshri awardee eminent Satriya artiste ‘Nrityacharya’ Jatin Goswami inaugurated the programme by lighting the lamp in presence of several eminent persons like Dr Nagendra Nath Sarma , Professor Idris Ali , Dr Khagendra Kumar Nath and Rajib Kumar Deka .
Patriotic songs sung by a group of leading artists from the region performed under the leadership of Ramen Choudhury paid rich tributes to the valour of the peasants. The Artistes of Mangaldai Youth Club Music College also sang patriotic songs.
The programme also included recitation of patriotic poems, including “Mor Desh” by actor Pranjal Saikia , performance of ‘Oja Pali’ dance by Nayan Jyoti Nath and his group and musical narration of Patharughat Uprising by prominent folk artiste Tarun Azad Deka and his group.
As part of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, a 3-day Shehnai festival was organised at Benaras Hindu University.
Sangeet Natak Academy and Faculty of Music & Performing Arts, BHU joined hands to organise this musical evening to remember the shehnai maestro, Bharat Ratna Ustad Bismillah Khan.
Did you know that on 15th August 1947, after Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru’s ‘Tryst With Destiny’ speech, it was the melody of shehnai that rose from the Red Fort. It was Ustad Qamruddin ‘Bismillah” Khan who also played the Shehnai at the first Republic Day celebration in 1950. Ever since then, he continued to mesmerize the world for more than 50 years with melodious tunes till his death in 2006. His very city Banaras paid a melodious tribute to the legend through the musical evenings.
Famous shehnai players from across the country performed at Pandit Omkarnath Thakur auditorium in BHU for more than 3 hours daily. The list included exponents such as Daya Shankar from Delhi Sailesh Bhagwat from Mumbai, Rudresh Bhajantri from Karnataka, Ahmad Abbas Khan from West Bengal and many more. Fateh Ali Khan the grandson of Bismillah Khan was also part of the event celebrating 75 years of India’s independence with a 75 week countdown.
SPECIAL SPOTLIGHT - NORTH EAST
Place Moirang, Manipur
Moirang occupies a very important place in the Indian freedom Movement. On Apr 14, 1944, Col. Shaukat Ali Malik of the Azad Hind Fauz had marched into Moirang along with his soldiers and hoisted the flag of the Indian National Army (INA).
Moirang remained under the Azad Hind Government for nearly 4 months. The people of Manipur and particularly Moirang assemble every year at the point where the flag was hosted every year to celebrate the day as Victory Day or Moirang Day.
This year NEZCC in collaboration with the Department of Art and Culture, Government of Manipur, observed the occasionon April 13, 2021, as part of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav celebrations.
Prof. Sinam Rajendra Singh, National Vice President, Bharat Vikas Parishad was the Chief Guest at the event and Shri Samurailatpam Premananda Sharma, officer on Special Duty (Delhi), Government of Manipur, was the Guest of Honour. This inaugural function was presided over by Sri. Ngangom Uttam Singh, Director (Art and Culture), Government of Manipur.
Several folk and tribal groups of Manipur paid homage to their motherland and remembered Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose through their dances. The communities that participatedin the event included the Kabuis, Tangkhuls, Marams, Marings, Koms, Thadois and Meitis.
There was also a classical presentation by theMoirang Artist Association, which was a prayer to Goddess Ima for protection and prosperity of the land. The Thang-ta presentation was mostly done by women martial art artists.
The two-hour-long programme which was live streamed from Moirang was fast paced, exciting and kept the audience mesmerized.
Indian Cultural Centre and Embassy of India, Seoul organised the curtain raiser event of the ‘Festival of Independence’ on 19th March marking the beginning of the 75 weeks celebrations of India@75.
India attained independence after a lengthy period of British colonial rule on August 15, 1947. It is a happy coincidence that India shares its Independence Day, August 15, with the people of the Republic of Korea. To commemorate this occasion, Government of India has announced to mark this milestone in our journey as a nation with 75 weeks of India@75 celebrations worldwide.
On this occasion, H. E. Mr. Hwang Hee, Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Republic of Korea gave the Congratulatory remarks highlighting the long cultural and historical ties between the two countries. He also shared the common struggle of the people of India anf Korea against their colonial rulers and now they have become friends who celebrate independence of each other as well as partners who plan the future together. “As companions who went through same hardship and challenges, the long-standing history of trust and solidarity between India and Korea is opening a new Chapter of Hope in our shared journey”, said the Minister.
Shri Prahlad Singh Patel, Minister of Culture and Tourism, Government of India as the Guest of Honour, outlined the preparations for India@75 celebrations in India. According to the Minister, “India maintains its identity in the world as a knowledge giver. We carry out our duties in the world with recognition of service and sacrifice. After this crisis of Corona, India is fulfilling all its responsibilities by celebrating this festival. Whether it is to deliver medicines or vaccines in the world or other types of service, we are ready to give up even though we are in need, because the core of Indian culture is service and sacrifice”. The manner in which people of India are engaged in this ‘Festival of Independence’, it is believed that by the time it completes 75 weeks, this festival will assume the form of a mass movement, says the Minister Shri Prahlad Singh Patel.
H. E. Sripriya Ranganathan, Ambassador of India to Republic of Korea gave the welcome remarks and highlighted upon the proposed activities of the India@75 Celebrations in Republic of Korea. She also focused on India’s progress in social, political and economic field and how India has emerged as a force to reckon with at the international level. Quoting the founding fathers of India, who drafted the Constitution of India, she outlined on the principle of democracy, social justice and equality and the inclusiveness of the Indian society.
During the ceremony, a Video Message by Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi was also screened which was delivered at the inauguration of the curtain raiser activities of the “India@75” at Sabarmati, Gujarat (India) on March 12 at the inauguration of ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’, as the Prime Minister himself calls it. A dance and musical rendition by the artists from India was also screened during the Curtain raiser ceremony.
The Session was moderated by Dr. Sonu Trivedi, Director of the Indian Cultural Centre, Embassy of India, Seoul. “As we are entering into the 75th year of independence, we hope to carry forward the legacy of our freedom fighters, their struggle for independence and the innumerable contributions of the builders of modern India along with the rich democratic traditions of India for the years to come”, said Dr. Sonu Trivedi.
Aatmanirbhar Bharat Incubator
To promote the idea of Atmanirbhar Bharat, the Ministry of Culture along with Sabarmati Ashram Preservation and Memorial Trust is launching a unique support and incubation scheme aimed at India’s traditional connection with the natural world. This partnership initiative will aim to preserve the indigenous skill of India that suffered during Pre-Independence days. This will be a true contribution to Aatmanirbhar Bharat, a recognition of our rich indigenous knowledge. The idea is to turn this initiative into a movement, a “Jan Aandolan”.
12th March 2021 was chosen as the date of launch of the Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav celebrations. On this day, a freedom march (padyatra) from Sabarmati Ashram was flagged off by Hon’able Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, which will culminate at Dandi in Navsari district in Gujarat.
The Charkha has always stood for self empowerment and progress in the narrative of our freedom struggle in public consciousness, but Gandhiji himself at different points in time has highlighted the deeper significance of the charkha in our everyday lives.
Here are some inspirational quotes on the charkha by Gandhi.
Charkha is an instrument of service
The Charkha is an outward symbol of truth and nonviolence.
The Charkha supplemented the agriculture of the villagers and gave it dignity.
I believe that the yarn we spin is capable of mending the broken warp and woof of our life.
I claim that in losing the spinning wheel we lost our left lung.
I have called spinning the yajna of this age of India.
The Charkha is intended to realize the essential & living oneness of interest among India's myriads.
As we do a countdown to the 75th year of India's independence, it is time to reignite the narrative of the charkha and power it with the cry of 'VOCAL FOR LOCAL'
During the launch of the 'Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav' on 12th March, 2021 at Sabarmati, Gujarat the 'Aatmanirbhar Charkha' installation was unveiled by the Prime Minister, Shri Narandra Modi.
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