Celebrations to mark the occasion this year, were in compliance with the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO) and prevailing SoPs due to COVID situation in Malaysia. The proceedings of the celebrations and cultural programme are available on virtual platform on the official website of the High Commission of India (www.hcikl.gov.in).
The celebrations were held at India House in the morning of 15 August 2020. The event commenced with the unfurling of the National Flag by the High Commissioner of India to Malaysia, Mr. Mridul Kumar, followed by singing of the National Anthem. High Commissioner, thereafter, read out excerpts from the Hon’ble President’s address to the nation, which is available on the website.
The virtual event also included rendition of the song “Vande Matram” by Mrs Visalakshi Nityanand, Carnataic Vocal Teacher from Netaji Subash Chandra Bose Indian Cultural Centre, singing of patriotic songs by Indian community organizations. A patriotic song in Tamil was sung by members of Bharat Club, while another popular Hindi patriotic song ‘Saare Jahan se Acha’ was sung by Maharashtra Mandal members.
As part of the Independence Day celebrations, a virtual debate competition was organised between students of Global Indian International School (GIIS) and Vikas International School. A short skit was also performed by school children. Videos of debate competition and skit are also be available on the High Commission website for viewing.
As part of the celebrations of 74th Independence Day, High Commissioner also planted a tree in the premises of India House.