On 26th January 2018, India celebrated its 69th Republic Day. It was today when the Constitution of India came into effect in 1950, replacing the Government of India Act as the governing document of India. While people from Kashmir to Kanyakumari rejoiced this moment, Keshav Memorial Institute of Technology as well hoisted high the tricolour and paid respect to the culture and heritage of the country and the great men who shaped the constitution. The event had commenced with the unfurling of the tricolour flag followed by a delightful cultural celebration embedded with active participation from faculty and students alike.

While the silent calm breeze swayed the leaves of KMIT, at the stroke of 9:00 am, Dr. Maheshwar Dutta (principal, KMIT) and Mr. Vinay Patnakar (incharge, cultural club) had unfurled the Tiranga and the grounds of the college echoed with the national anthem. The Tricolour, which signifies, renunciation (saffron), truth (white) and vegetation (green) reverberated a sense of national pride in everyone’s heart. ‘Rashtra Pooja’ by our esteemed Principal, Dr. Maheshwar Dutta, who offered flowers to ‘Mother India’ and lit the ceremonial lamp, followed this. He then inspired the faculty and the students through his speech in which he explained about the goal to establish unity and peace, and the vital role of youth in achieving it.

After this, Mr. Pratish Mashankar (student) delivered his ‘BharathaVandana’ speech while explaining the glories of India’s culture and heritage and quoting Veer Savarkar’s Jayostute, ‘swatantratebhagavate, twamahamyashoyutamvande’ (O Goddess of Freedom, I salute you, O victorious one). Later the magnificent martial art-Karate was performed by students from the age group of 6-17years under the guidance of Mr. Dayanand, where they showcased self-control, discipline, and strength through various techniques. They were felicitated with beautiful goodies at the hands of Mrs Sumati.

The flowers of awe bloomed when the entire atmosphere was filled with the melodious voices of the faculty and students. The audience was moved by the performance of Ms. Lalitha (student), the nightingale of KMIT, as she sang the glorious song 'Ae Mere Watan Ke logo’. Later the tridevis, Mrs. Niveditha, Mrs. Sumati and Mrs. Sharayu had sung in choir transcending the audience to bliss. When everyone thought that this couldn't get any better, regional and folk songs made their way to people's hearts through the enchanting voices of Ms. Lahiri (student), Mr. Seshu, Mr. Ramanaiah, Mr. Narsimhulu, Mr. Vidyasagar and many more.

While the trance of vocals was still upon the audience, Mr. Vinay performed numerous delightful patriotic songs on his keyword which made one believe that the seven swaras of music have blessed him. This was followed by Mr. Santosh’s (student) speech. And just like the icing on the cake, Mr. Nikhilesh’s (student) remarkable ‘VandeMaataram’ echoed from the walls of KMIT which invoked the Goddess of Freedom, SwatantrataBhagavathi, in every individual's heart.

This was followed by distribution of sweets and exchange of praises for one another. Though the hour long program had come to an end, the entire college took with them millions of memories from. It was a day where every single individual present in the grounds of KMIT took pride in calling themselves as a child of this vast spectacular nation while their hearts enunciated the words Jay He (Victory to glorious Mother India).

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