Freedom Fest 2011 & 2012
No one is above the country – this was the message passed by Vandhe Bharatham Foundation on August 14, 2011 in a mass fest arranged at Freedom Park Bangalore to commemorate Independence Day, and the message was clear and explicit.
Mr. Sadananda Gowda, Chief Minister of Karnataka sat in the audience gallery on a plastic chair throughout the function and set an example. The focus was on the Country and the National Flag and not on individuals. Only artistes were on the stage to perform and showcase the cultural heritage of our Great Nation.
Mr.Vijayakumar, MLA Jayanagar spoke on patriotism and Mr.Ananthkumar, MP, Mr.Ravisubramanya,MLA were also present. Thousands of people with the fervor of patriotism flocked to Freedom Park with Great spirit.
The Chief Minister did not entertain any political questions on the sidelines. On his way out of Freedom Park, he simply said “the State should take note of such a wonderful concept of celebrating Independence Day in a unique way, and many more of such events where patriotism is the epitome should be organized to instil and inspire spirit of Nationalism.
The speciality of the fest
There were no speeches. Cultural programs by Mr.Praveen Godkhindi, renowned Flautist and Yakshagana performances entertained the gathering.