70th anniversary of India’s Independence Day celebrated with gala in Ho Chi Minh City

The year of 2017 marks a milestone in the Vietnam-India ties 

India’s Namo Fusion Group is pictured giving a performance at the August 18, 2017 gala at the Consulate General of India in Ho Chi Minh City. Courtesy of Consulate General of India

The Consulate General of India in Ho Chi Minh City organized a concert featuring a loved music group this week to commemorate the 70th anniversary of its Independence Day.

The gala evening, held on Friday, was attended by high-ranking diplomats and dignitaries including Ambassador of India to Vietnam H.E. P. Harish, Deputy Director of the Ho Chi Minh City Department of External Relations Doan Tuan Linh, President of the Indian Business Chamber in Vietnam (INCHAM) Dilbagh Singh, as well as members of the Indian community in Ho Chi Minh City, according to a recent press release from the consulate general.

Speaking at the event, Ambassador P. Harish noted that the year of 2017 marks a milestone in the Vietnam-India relations when the two nations commemorate the 45th anniversary of diplomatic ties and the 10th anniversary of Strategic Partnership.

This year also highlights 25 years of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) India Dialogue Partnership.

Consul General Smita Pant mentioned President Ram Nath Kovind’s message on the Independence Day that the new India is supposed to be a developed, compassionate society that enriches human capital and equips young people while enabling them to foster their potential.

Since the beginning of this year, a host of events have been organized to highlight this ‘Year of Friendship’.

Among them, the event organized at Nguyen Hue Pedestrian Street in the city’s downtown area indicates the spirit of yoga and the harmony of human and nature.

Namo Fusion Group, who gave a mesmerizing performance at the Friday gala, was led by Dr. Narayan Raman and comprised some of India’s finest musicians.

The ensemble caters to both the young and the older generations by fusing the fundamentals of the South Asian country’s classical music with a touch of western music.

High-ranking diplomats and audiences are seen at the gala.
High-ranking diplomats and audiences are seen at the gala.

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