August 15th, 2015 is the 68th anniversary of India’s independence. It is a time of patriotism, of celebrations, and of proudly waving flags. The Independence Day celebration at M.S. Ramaiah Institute of Technology had all three in spades.
The ceremony took place in the quadrangle, with staff and students present. Members of NCC and NSS were prominent, along with the students of MSR High School, MSR P.U. College, MSR Degree College and other affiliated schools. As the families of students and staff took their seats, the ceremony began.
It started with a rousing march-past, led by the students of MSR high school. NSS volunteers filled the middle while the band and the NCC cadets followed behind. The white and blue made for a resplendent sight as the drums kept up the beat.
The chief guest, M.R. Seetharam, spoke about the glorious vision of our forefathers and the social requirements of Indian citizens. His talk was both enlightening and entertaining.
After the speeches, the students of various MSR-affiliated schools came forward to showcase their expertise in music and dance.
First, the students of MSR Vidyaniketan regaled the audience with their melodious rendition of songs, followed by dances from the students of MSR High School and MSR P.U. College. The dance performed by students of MSR Degree College was hauntingly beautiful, a message on terror, and terrorism. As it rightly said, terror has no religion.
Following that act, the students of MSR Law College paid their last respects to Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam. The ceremony wrapped up with a song and dance by the students of MSRIM.
After the ceremony, snack packets were distributed to the students, guests and volunteers. All in all, it was a great celebration and a beautiful tribute to this nation’s 69th Independence Day, a day when Vande Maataram echoed in the hearts of all Indians.
Neha Upadhya (Med. Electronics, 2nd year)
Illustration by D. Keshav Karanth (Information Science and Engineering)