Tasmanian Indian community celebrates 75 years of independence

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THE Tasmanian Indian Community recently celebrated a significant milestone, celebrating their 75th Independence Day, by honouring traditional culture and heritage.

Every year on 15 August, Indians all over the world celebrate Independence Day, and for greater Hobart, the event was held at the Hobart City Hall.

“For any country, its Independence Day is always a memorable occasion – the day to rejoice in the glory of what their country has achieved and also a day to remember the contributions, battles and sacrifices of all the people who helped achieve freedom,” Indian Cultural Society of Tasmania secretary Satendra Bhola said.

“This milestone event was attended by around 300 community members along with a number of prominent dignitaries.”

The cultural event included sharing of cultural food and speeches by dignitaries such as Her Excellency, the Honourable Barbara Baker AC, Governor of Tasmania.

Dancers and solo performers also took to the stage to highlight the cultural creativity of India and celebrate 75 years of independence.

Attorney-General and local Liberal Member for Clark Elise Archer also joined the Tasmanian Indian community to mark the important milestone.

“It was a great pleasure to be able to join with our local Indian community for this very important day in history,” Ms Archer said.

“I was honoured to be given the opportunity to represent the Tasmanian Government and participate in the traditional lighting of the lamp as part of the festivities.

“As a local Member of Parliament and as Attorney-General, I have worked closely with our local Indian community, assisting wherever possible and provided local support to their many causes and issues.

“Congratulations to the Indian Cultural Society of Tasmania for their work since 1972 uniting our South East Asian community in Hobart, and for sharing their culture which helps create more understanding in our community of cultural diversity.

“I applaud the Indian Cultural Society of Tasmania for their efforts holding this spectacular and important cultural event after not being able to hold their usual celebration last year due to COVID-19.”

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