Cultural kaleidoscope unfolds as patriotic fervour pervades City

Cultural kaleidoscope unfolds as patriotic fervour pervades City

Zestful celebration

Cultural programmes, competitions and flag-hoisting marked the celebration of 66th Republic Day in the City on Monday.

The streets of Bengaluru echoed with patriotic songs. So did the premises of various schools and parks. Children took part zealously in the parades and drawing contests conducted in their schools. More than 10,000 people gathered at Krishna Rao Park, Basavanagudi, with some of them drawing paintings on different themes, including Republic Day. The Colorothon event also witnessed elderly citizens and the visually impaired people taking part.

Paul Muddha, managing trustee of Snehadeep Trust for the Disabled that conducted the event, said select paintings would be auctioned off and the proceeds would be utilised for the welfare of the disabled.

At Cubbon Park, various programmes were held to mark the occasion. Miss India Wheelchair 2014 winner Dr Rajalakshmi presided over the flag-hoisting ceremony. This was followed by a cleanliness drive under the Swachch Bharat Abhiyaan. Volunteers had turned up in large numbers to clean the Cubbon Park premises. 

Around 300 members of the Dalit Sangharsha Samiti took out a bike rally covering various places such as Town Hall, Whitefield, Kengeri, Peenya and Anekal on the outskirts of the City. The rally concluded at Vidhana Soudha with the garlanding of the statue of Dr B R Ambedkar.  

Various government offices, residents’ welfare associations and private companies too organised R-day programmes.

Lokayukta Justice Y Bhaskar Rao was the chief guest at the event organised at the Acharya Pathashala (APS) Educational Trust in NR Colony. He unfurled the national flag. Justice Rao spoke about the need for value-based education for the development of the country. He administrated an oath to students and the staff of the institution that they shall not encourage corruption.

At the programme organised by the Bengaluru Division of the South Western Railway, contingents of the Railway Protection Force, Bharath Scouts and Guides, students of Kendriya Vidyalaya, Shama Vidyashala and St Philomena’s High School took part in the parade. Bengaluru Railway Division unit of Bharath Scouts and Guides presented a skit on cleanliness.

Republican Lawyers Forum, Lawyers Association, Kannada Chaluvali Vatal Paksha, Welfare Party of India, Agriculture University among others too celebrated the Republic Day by organising an array of programmes.  

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