Mangaluru, Aug 15: Independence Day Azadi Ka Amruth Mahothsav was celebrated with great enthusiasm and patriotic fervor on the grounds of St Agnes PU College. This year the event took place with greater vigor and verve as it marked the 75th anniversary of India’s independence from foreign rule. This day has tremendous significance in the hearts of every Indian for it signaled the dawn of a new era.
The outdoor programme which was compered by Sweedal commenced with an invocation to the Almighty invoking blessings on our motherland and its people. The prayer song was led by Bhoomika and group. Sneha, department of Mathematics welcomed the gathering and introduced the chief guest, Raghuveer Souterpete, district youth co-Ordinator, Nehru Yuva Kendra Sanghatan. This was followed by the most solemn part of the occasion, the hoisting of the tricolor by the esteemed chief guest.
The chief guest Raghuveer Souterpete extended greetings to everyone present on the occasion and urged the students to adopt the freedom fighters as heroes and models. He spoke of how education is a tool that empowers the youth to contribute to nation building as proud citizens of this country and praised the remarkable constitution of this country that empowers every citizen regardless of caste, creed or class.
Then it was the turn of the college student president Ms Khathija Zamya to express her views and perspective on the significance of this special occasion.
The cultural extravaganza which was held in the auditorium accentuated the theme of unity in diversity. Thanvi and group performed the welcome dance with aplomb and captivated the audience. Melisha and group evoked love and respect for the nation through patriotic songs. Pragathi, department of Physics welcomed and introduced the privileged guests of the day Mr Arun Kumar, retired assistant resesrver sub-inspector and self defence trainer, Sajith Kumar R, retired Indian Air Force official. Crystle, department of Statistics welcomed Thangam Narayan, Widow of Warrant officer, P V Narayanan and mother of martyred Pilot officer N Vijeet. They were honoured for their dedication and devotion to the motherland. The students highlighted the culture and diversity of this nation through a stage programme. The event culminated with a patriotic dance by Ivin and group and concluded with the final formation and a rousing rendition of the national anthem.
The entire cultural programme was ably compered by Diya Shankar, while Jyothi Pinto, department of Humanities proposed the vote of thanks. The dignitaries on the dais were Raghuveer Souterpete, principal Sr Norine Dsouza, vice principal Sr Janet Sequeira, Sr Gloria, head mistress, St Agnes High School, PTA vice president, Asha Sanjeevana, PTA joint secretary Avinash Krishnakumar, Dr Tressie Menezes programme co-ordinator, faculty and students. The principal appreciated the consistent endeavors of the students, the discipline and passion with which they performed.