TORONTO: Indian Consul General Preeti Saran, who has been appointed India’s ambassador to Vietnam, was given a very warm farewell reception by Panorama India on Friday, July 26.
Reciprocating the warm gesture at a luncheon in her honour, Consul General Preeti Saran lauded the role of Panorama India as the umbrella organizations of various Indian associations and bodies in Canada.
She said the contribution of individuals and community groups is important in improving bilateral relations between Canada, and Panorama India is playing a major role in bringing together different community, cultural, professional and business organizations.
The organization of the India Day Festival & Parade and other events is a true reflection of Panorama India’s contribution to Canada-India relations, the outgoing Consul General said.
Jibanjit Tripathy, Chair of Panorama India, and other board members presented a memento to the Consul General in acknowledgement of her `extraordinary contribution to the Indo-Canadian community and fostering Canada-India bilateral relations.’
In his remarks, Jibanjit Tripathy said, “We deeply appreciate the important contribution made by Your Excellency in strengthening relations between Canada and India, especially instrumental in Pravasi Bhartiya Divas in Toronto, IIFA Award in Toronto and the Year of India in Canada 2011. We value very much your encouragement and support to Panorama India as a friend, guide and honorary patron.”
Tripathy added, “Panorama India’s India Day Festival & Parade at Yonge Dundas Square in Toronto is on Saturday, August 10th, 2013. This is the 14th year of our existence and our ninth parade. We are excited to celebrate India’s 67th Independence Day in Toronto. The mega event attracts over 30,000 people at Yonge-Dundas Square in the heart of downtown Toronto.
“A grand parade is marched through the downtown core with floats on trucks showcasing the rich culture of India. In addition to the parade, there is an entire day of singing, dancing, food and entertainment takes place on the grand stage at Yonge-Dundas Square. All communities and groups invited to come and enjoy this fun filled day with family and friends.”
Among the several dignitaries who attended the luncheon were Senator Asha Seth, MPP and former Ontario Minister Harinder Takhar, representatives of Indian diaspora and business organizations, past chairs/co-chairs of Panorama India, the Canada-India Foundation, IIT-Alumni Canada, the Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce, the ICAI Toronto chapter, the AWIC and others.