Nataraj Youth Cultural Organization (NYCO) had an iconic Gujarat presence at the Canadian India Day Parade 2022, and the float bagged an award for the best props and decor category.
AZADI KA AMRITMAHOTSAV celebrating 75th India Independence Day was brought to Nathan Philips Square by Panorama India and the Consulate General of India, Toronto.
Twenty-nine states of India have different clothes, food, language, and lifestyles. It is one of the most diverse and largest democracies in the World. The South Asian community organizations brought the local cultures of India to the forefront on August 21, 2022. The opening ceremony started at noon until 2 pm, followed by the main parade of cultural floats. Bollywood celebrities Rahul Dev and Mugdha Godse brought their Bollywood flair to the event, being present on the head float.
NYCO team is thankful for the community’s support and participation in the India Day Parade 2022.
The Gujarat Float was full of energy with Garba and Dandiya, attracted a large audience, became popular in the crowds, and received an appreciation for cultural and artistic efforts.
“It gives a sense of joy and pride to represent our Gujarati Heritage,” said Mr. Tushar Unadkat, NYCO Advisory BOD, who proudly waved the Indian flag non-stop while dancing on the float keeping the audience engaged.
The five-foot Sardar Patel pop-up characterized the Statue of Unity, the hut, and the well, depicting Gandhi Ashram was remarkable for many. The cherry on the top is 87 years old, Mr. Ramnik Rachh, dressed as Gandhi Bapu, sitting beside Mr. Praful Bhavsar, who showcased the traditional spinning wheel. On the other side of the float were the young boys and girls clad in traditional Gujarati outfits (Chaniya-cholis and Kedia) performing Garba on folk music played by Harkant Patel, sound system by Krishna Music with a large backdrop of Gujarat Map. In addition, the float carried various other big and small cultural artifacts, like embroidered umbrellas, painted wooden statues of tribal men and women playing classical instruments, and much more. The vibe was nothing less than a surreal Gujarat in downtown Toronto.
“NYCO team acknowledges the team’s endeavors and thanks the community supporters, community organizations, volunteers, media supporters, and ideal audience who shared their love for Gujarat at our float,” expressed Ms. Chintan Bhavsar, NYCO Founder and President.
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