67th Republic Day Flag Hoisting at Consul General’s Residence

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Consul General receiving a Certificate of Commendation from William Miller, Southeast Texas Deputy Regional Director, Senator Ted Cruz.

HOUSTON: To celebrate India’s 67th Republic Day, Flag Hoisting and Open House for Indian nationals, members of the Indian American community, and friends of India was held on 26 January, at Consul General of India, P Harish and Nandita Parvathaneni’s residence.  The function was attended by over 200 persons, with a large, diverse and broad based representation of the Indian-American community in Greater Houston and neighboring cities in Texas and friends of India, despite the inclement weather.  The program comprised unfurling of the Tricolour; singing of National Anthem, reading of President of India’s address and cultural programme by Kruthi and Keerthana Bhat, Students of Krishna Gaana Sudha Music Academy of Houston honoring Music legend Late Smt. M.S. Subbulakshmi on her 100 Birth Anniversary this year; and serving of refreshments/high tea.  Publications on India including India Perspectives, Make in India brochures and tourism material were distributed.

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Patriotic song sung by students of Krishna Gaana Sudha Music Academy (KGSMA) trained by renowned artist, Guru Vidushi Rajarajeswary Bhat.

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Attendees at the Flag Hoisting function held at Consul General’s residence are seen.

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Unfurling of National Flag

During the function, Consul General recognized the presence of Representatives of Elected Officials – Jay Guerrero, Office of Senator John Cornyn; William Miller, Office of Senator Ted Cruz and Sam Merchant, Office of Congressman Al Green.  Among those present were Representatives from Asia Society Texas Center, Houston; Shridhar Venkat, CEO, The Akshaya Patra Foundation, India; Chambers of Commerce representatives; business and industry professionals; think-tanks; local cultural organizations, and members of the Indian American community.  William Miller, Southeast Texas Deputy Regional Director, Senator Ted Cruz presented a Certificate of Commendation to Consul General on India’s 67th Republic Day.  Certificates of appreciation were distributed to the participants in the cultural programmes and their Gurus were felicitated.