Muscat: Hundreds of Indian expatriates gathered at the country’s embassy in Muscat to celebrate the 71st Indian Independence Day on Tuesday.
Indians chanted slogans and praised their motherland before the Indian flag was hoisted at many places in the Sultanate of Oman.
Cultural programmes showcasing the nation’s tradition and heritage were also organised at the several places across Oman as part of the festivities.
An institute of performing arts—Kings United Muscat—celebrated the day in unique way by organising a patriotic dance performance in the Mumtaz area of Darsait studio, where students performing in various dance formats participated enthusiastically. Kings United Oman is a franchisee of Kings United India, which represented India and won the bronze medal at the World Hip Hop Championship in the United States in 2015.
Tejas Gupta, director of Kings United Muscat, said: “The King’s team is always dedicated and determined to taking dance to a different level by maintaining the dignity of the land of Sultanate of Oman where culture and tradition has its own priority. We are delighted to see many Omani boys who have come and ask for enrolment and shown lots of interest in learning Hip Hop.”
Indian School Wadi Kabir (ISWK) also celebrated the 71st Independence Day of India with a grand show in the primary school ground. The chief guest for the occasion was Indra Mani Pandey, ambassador of India to Oman.
Balloons in the colours of the Indian national flag were released into the air to mark the beginning of the celebrations. The stage was decked up in the manner of the ramparts of the Red Fort.
After inspecting the marching contingents of the participating schools, namely Indian School (IS) Darsait, IS Muscat, IS Ghubra, IS Al Seeb, IS Al Mabella and the host school ISWK, the Chief Guest took the salute. The ISWK Head Council led the march, followed by contingents of primary students in the Indian Army, Navy and Air Force uniform. The contingents marched to the accompaniment of the ISWK school band.
The star attraction of the programme was a mini-tableau of the states of Kashmir and Rajasthan, and a model of INS ‘Vikrant’ with an impressive display of the commendable achievements of India in the fields of Science and Technology and Space Research.
Indian School Muscat also donned patriotic colours as it celebrated the 71st Independence Day of India with immense pride and nationalistic spirit in the school’s multipurpose hall.
The programme began with a solemn song invoking the blessings on the motherland. To commemorate India’s freedom struggle and to keep alive the flame of patriotism, an assemblage of events took place ranging from patriotic songs to colourful patriotic dances by the students of various sections.
Indian School Al Ghubra also celebrated Independence Day in its school auditorium. The programme commenced with the enthusiastic singing of the National Anthem of India. The cultural programme began with the school choir rendering patriotic songs glorifying the unity of the nation. It was followed by a mesmerizing fusion dance on a medley of patriotic songs by the students of Class 8.
The Independence Day of India was commemorated at Indian School Muladha with much patriotic fervour, zeal and zest.
The programme started with a devotional prayer song by the school choir, followed by the national anthems of India and Oman. The patriotic renditions sung by the students charged up the atmosphere with patriotic spirit and the Chief Guest was given a guard of honour by the members of the Prefect Council with their disciplined march past.