Dance passage to India’s Republican celebrations

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Preston’s Indian community showcased their talents at a special event to mark the country’s Republic Day.

Four hundred people of all ages came together at the Gujurat Hindu Society in South Meadow Lane on Sunday, to witness the Indian flag being hoisted high.

Abhi Nanbana, centre manager, said: “The Mayor and the city MP came to attend the event as well as 400 from the local community.

“About 80 to 100 of those people, aged from four to 48, participated in dance and music performances.

“We had all kind of dance groups all coming together, doing the likes of Bollywood dancing and classical dancing.”

She added: “Everybody had a wonderful time. We always have an overwhelming response from the community, because it’s a day that they all look forward to, to showcase their talents.

“Children can be found practicing their routines for weeks beforehand.”

In India, Republic Day honours the date on which the Constitution of India came into force on January 26, 1950, replacing the Government of India Act (1935) as the governing document of India. The document completed the country’s transition toward becoming an independent republic.




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