The event was inaugurated by Phoeurng Sackona, the Minister of Culture and Fine Arts, by lighting of traditional lamp. This was followed by a key note address by Rajiv Kumar, the Charge d’ Affaires, who highlighted the journey of independent India during the last 70 years. Then the chief guest Senior Minister Ly Thuch delivered his remarks. He highly appreciated the great achievements and socio-economic development made by India, the world’s largest democracy, since its independence in 1947. He added that India has given the world knowledge and discoveries in all fields from medicine, science, mathematics, technology to the highly beneficial practice of yoga. He expressed the gratitude of the Royal Government of Cambodia for India’s valuable support during difficult times and the assistance provided for Cambodia’s economic development.
Professor Sachhidanand Sahai and J. Bhoomikumar, two distinguished members of the Indian diaspora, were also invited to speak and they highlighted the various aspects of Indian achievements and contributions. Professor Sonia Jasrotia also made an excellent presentation on [email protected] Patriotic songs and dance were performed by members of the Indian community. A group of Cambodian performing arts students also performed the Bharatnatyam dance during the event, which was attended by more than 175 guests.