Panorama India to mark India’s Independence Day by showcasing India’s culture and heritage


  More than 50,000 people are expected to converge at Nathan Philips Square to celebrate the 19th Annual India Day Festival and Grand Parade on Sunday, August 19, 2018.   Organized by Panorama India, with the support of Consulate General of India, the all-day event to celebrate India’s culture and heritage will present music and dance performances, a kids zone and an international bazaar with 100 kiosks exhibiting fashion, jewellery, handicrafts and an array of food.  The King of Bhangra Malkit Singh, Indo-Canadian singer Parichay and Indian Actor Pukhraj Bhalla will be on hand to perform for the massive crowds.

The event kicks off with the National Anthem at 1pm followed by the Grand Parade, marshalled by Bollywood actor Jimmy Sheirgill.  According to organizers, the grand parade will have 20 floats representing the various States of India put together by the diverse number of cultural groups in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). The parade will begin at Nathan Phillips Square, journey west to University Avenue, turning North to Dundas, East to Yonge Street, South to Queen Street and culminating back at City Hall.

Consul General of India in Toronto, Amb. Dinesh Bhatia will preside over the India Day event with participation from several political dignitaries from all levels of government.

More than 100 community organizations are expected to participate in the festival. “This free community event has something for all ages!  Our purpose is to bring together the local Indian community through the celebration of unity in diversity,” says Anu Srivastava, president of Panorama India.

What:           India Day Festival and Grand Parade with Performances, Food, Festivities and Grand Bazaar with over 100 kiosks

What:           Grand Parade to begin at Nathan Phillips Square, journey west to University Avenue, turning North to Dundas, East to Yonge Street, South to Queen Street and culminating back at City Hall.

When:          Sunday, 19 August, 2018 from 12pm – 10pm
Where:         Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto

Why:            To Celebrate India’s Heritage and Culture

Attendance: Over 50,000 people

Panorama India is a not-for-profit umbrella organization to help unite various Indian cultural associations and groups, project a common identity based on their Indian heritage, and celebrate Unity in Diversity. Established in 1999 with the support from Consulate General of India, Toronto, the organization has a mandate around three pillars – Celebrate, Collaborate and Educate.

Panorama India provides a platform for all Indian cultural associations, groups, and individuals to exhibit and showcase arts and culture.   The organization also fosters a better understanding between India and Canada and is proud to build bi-lateral relations with India and Canada through culture.  For more information, visit; Follow us on Facebook at; Twitter at: and Instagram at: Panoramaindiatoronto.

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