Celebrating Independence Day by virtual connection to pray for global peace

MELBOURNE, Aug 15: The 74th Indian Independence Day ceremony was celebrated and livestreamed with a cross section of the Indian community living in Australia, India, United States, Nepal, Sri Lanka and more who attended the event online. The event was organised and hosted by Vibe Ayurveda Melbourne, Ayush Darpan Foundation Trust in collaboration with Consulate General India Melbourne, AYUSH Ministry of Health & UN Representative from United Nations WHO.

The occasion was initiated with National Anthem and was marked by the gracious presence and blessings of his Holiness Brahm Rishi Kumar Swami Ji  (Ambassador of Peace), AYUSH Advisor, Dr Chander Ketu Tewatia, UN Representative, Prof Ramkrishna Shah, United Nations Headquarters USA, Presidents speech by Hon Consulate General of Melbourne, Mr Raj Kumar and various other dignitaries being welcomed by event organiser Dr Vanita Sharma, Deputy Chair Complementary Health IRC, SkillsIQ Australia, Founder Vibe Ayurveda & Dr Navin Chandra Joshi , Founder of AyushDarpan Journal with immense support rendered by Consulate General of India Melbourne, Ministry of AYUSH, Government of India, Ayurvita,  GHARS Melbourne Australia, eminent speakers Prof Uma Shanker Nigam, a beautiful poem by Prof Girendra Singh Tomar, Dr Vijay Pratap Kushvaha, Nutritionist & Scientist ,Ambk Vara Parsad, Dharmendra Shanker Dhade, and young enthusiastic spiritual leader Ms. Pious Tewatia. Among the attendees were AYUSH practitioners from across globe and Film Producer Director Mr Chalaka Jayasinghe, Dr Karki from Nepal and general public across globe.

In the speech UN Representative Prof RamKrishna Shah mentioned India, as a great nation has offered a lot to the world and always without any expectations. AYUSH Director, Dr Chander Ketu Thewatia spoke about strengthening the bilateral relation referring to the shared values of the two countries,  his daughter Miss Pious Thewatia based in Melbourne Australia, mentioned she feels proud of being an Indian origin and her bonding to the motherland and one shouldn’t be ashamed of where they belong to. The poem by Prof GS Tomar reflected the patriotic values. And Mr Gurbir Sethi, Editor G’day highly appraised the initiative of celebration far from India to represent Indian Diaspora on this auspicious day. Organiser Dr Vanita Sharma, Founder Vibe Ayurveda in her speech mentioned that this initiative was to bring together the whole nation on this auspicious day to pray for the whole mankind wellbeing and global peace. And that after Pandemic It’s hoped a new research partnership will help Australia’s education sector to rebound opening the possibility for closer co-operation in the key sector of biomedical research.

Program concluded with a cultural dance performance on Vande Mataram, a song by AR Rahman by Ms Alokita Dhar from Kolkata and the Indian National Anthem.