Republic Day of India – 2021 Celebrations

72nd Republic Day of India & celebration of Makar Sankranti / Pongal /Lohari


72nd Republic Day of India & celebration of Makar Sankranti / Pongal /Lohari


30th January 2021, Saturday


Online (Participants: 30+ IASH members and non-members)

IASH celebrated the joint online celebration of 72nd Republic Day of India, Pongal, Makar  Sankranti & Lohari on 30th January 2021.

The performances for this event were in true spirit  of India – lively, heart-felt and encouraging.  

The start of the event was marked by Palak playing Indian national anthem on the  piano. A brief welcome speech by IASH president, Dr. Gautam Sagar was followed by a very  engrossing speech by respected Consul General of India, Hamburg, Mr. John H. Ruolngul,  had the audience’s full attention as he talked about the he spoke of the importance of  Republic Day, Martyrs Day which is celebrated on 30 Jan, as well as the 125th birth  centenary of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose and his historical links to Hamburg where our  National Anthem Jana Gana Mana was first played on 11 Sept 1942 by the Radio Symphony  Orchestra of Hamburg on the occasion of the founding of the Indo-German Association  during which he was present. His talk also covered about harvesting festivals of India.

On this occasion on behalf of IASH, Vice-President Mr. Arjun Roy also congratulated Dr.  Balasubramanian Ramani being awarded the Pravasi Bhartiya Samman. Dr. Madhusudan  Reddy, Counsellor (Science & Technology), from Embassy of India, Berlin also joined us to  congratulate Dr. Ramani for the award. The former CGI Hamburg, Mr. Madan Lal Raigar, ISG  Co-ordinator Mr. Deeban, former IASH President & Treasurer Mr. Jayshankar Selvadurai and  former IASH Vice-President & Treasurer Mr. Amandeep Singh Gulati extended their  congratulations to Dr. Ramani through a video message. The former CGI Hamburg Mr.  Madan Lal Raigar has joined the event from India. The cultural performances included IASH  kid & parent club mashup prepared by Priya Jadhav, a wonderful talk on Makar-Sankranti by  Aadhya, Hindustani song with Drum & keyboard by Akhansh, a presentation explaining Lohri,  Pongal & Makar Sankranti celebration by Harleen Singh Makhija and Chetan R Chawda & a  patriotic song – E mere vatan ke logon by Sayali Godbole Valsangikar. 

To sum up, it was a day of togetherness celebrated through a wide variety of engaging  performances.  

IASH thanks the Consulate General of India, Hamburg for having supported us through the  event.