In Pics: Grand celebrations of India’s 71st Republic Day in Singapore

The High Commission of India in Singapore put up a grand reception to celebrate the 71st Republic Day of India, which falls on January 26. H.E. Jawed Ashraf is celebrating his third and last official Republic Day in Singapore as he is reportedly heading to France for his next posting as the Ambassador to the French Republic

Mr Ong Ye Kung, Minister for Education, Members of Parliament Ms Jessica Tan, Mr Gan Thiam Poh, Rear-Admiral Lew Chuen Hong, Chief of Navy, friends of India, Indian diaspora and Singaporeans were among the more than 1500 distinguished guests at Swissotel the Stamford, Singapore.

Here's a look via pictures at the grand reception.​

A grand reception, perhaps the first of its kind, was hosted by the High Commissioner of India to Singapore, H.E. Jawed Ashraf to celebrate the 71st Republic Day of India, which falls on 26 January. Photo: Connected to India
A grand reception, perhaps the first of its kind, was hosted by the High Commissioner of India to Singapore, H.E. Jawed Ashraf to celebrate the 71st Republic Day of India, which falls on 26 January. Photo: Connected to India
Mr Ong Ye Kung, Minister for Education, Members of Parliament Ms Jessica Tan, Mr Gan Thiam Poh, Rear-Admiral Lew Chuen Hong, Chief of Navy, friends of India, Indian diaspora, were among the more than 1500 distinguished guests at Swissotel the Stamford, Singapore.  Photo: Connected to India
Mr Ong Ye Kung, Minister for Education, Members of Parliament Ms Jessica Tan, Mr Gan Thiam Poh, Rear-Admiral Lew Chuen Hong, Chief of Navy, friends of India, Indian diaspora, were among the more than 1500 distinguished guests at Swissotel the Stamford, Singapore. Photo: Connected to India
Rear-Admiral Lew Chuen Hong, Chief of Navy of the Republic of Singapore in conversations with senior members of the Republic of India Navy at the reception to celebrate India's 71st Republic Day in Singapore. Photo: Connected to India
Rear-Admiral Lew Chuen Hong, Chief of Navy of the Republic of Singapore in conversation with senior members of the Republic of India Navy at the reception to celebrate India's 71st Republic Day in Singapore. Photo: Connected to India
The High Commissioner and Dr. Ghazala Shahabuddin, welcomed the guests to the celebrations of the 71st Republic Day of India at the elegant Fairmont Ballroom at Raffles City Convention Centre, Singapore. Photo: Connected to India
The High Commissioner and Dr. Ghazala Shahabuddin, welcomed the guests to the celebrations of the 71st Republic Day of India at the elegant Fairmont Ballroom at Raffles City Convention Centre, Singapore. Photo: Connected to India
A 3-minute video on India-Singapore relations in the year 2019 was played, following which Jawed Ashraf delivered his remarks. Photo: Connected to India
A 3-minute video on India-Singapore relations in the year 2019 was played, following which Jawed Ashraf delivered his remarks. Photo: Connected to India
The National Anthem of the Republic of Singapore was played, following which the High Commissioner proposed a toast,
The National Anthem of the Republic of Singapore was played, following which the High Commissioner proposed a toast, " to the good health and well-being of Her Excellency, Mdm Halimah Yacob, the President of the Republic of Singapore”. Photo: Connected to India
Guest of Honour Ong Ye Kung, Minister for Education, Singapore joined the High Commissioner on stage for the toast. Photo: Connected to India
Guest of Honour Ong Ye Kung, Minister for Education, Singapore joined the High Commissioner on stage for the toast. Photo: Connected to India
Minister Ong addressed the gathering, following which the National Anthem of India was played. Photo: Connected to India
Minister Ong addressed the gathering, following which the National Anthem of India was played. Photo: Connected to India
Minister Ong proposed a toast, “ High Commissioner, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen, I would like to propose a toast to His Excellency, Ram Nath Kovind, the President of the Republic of India”. Photo: Connected to India
Minister Ong proposed a toast, “ High Commissioner, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen, I would like to propose a toast to His Excellency, Ram Nath Kovind, the President of the Republic of India”. Photo: Connected to India
Jawed Ashraf, High Commissioner of India to the Republic of Singapore, joined the guest of honour for the toast. Photo: Connected to India
Jawed Ashraf, High Commissioner of India to the Republic of Singapore, joined the guest of honour for the toast. Photo: Connected to India
The reception featured beautiful flower decorations and was followed by a buffet spread of Indian culinary delights. Photo: Connected to India
The reception featured beautiful flower decorations and was followed by a buffet spread of Indian culinary delights. Photo: Connected to India
A potter at his wheel, displaying his skill at the traditional craft. Photo: Connected to India
A potter at his wheel, displaying his skill at the traditional craft. Photo: Connected to India
Connected to India's Head of Content Punam Sharrma anchored the glittering evening for the third successive year. Photo: Connected to India
Connected to India's Head of Content Punam Sharrma anchored the glittering evening for the third successive year. Photo: Connected to India
More than 1500 distinguished guests joined in the grand celebrations of the 71st Republic Day of India in Singapore. Photo: Connected to India
More than 1500 distinguished guests joined in the grand celebrations of the 71st Republic Day of India in Singapore. Photo: Connected to India
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Lakshmy Iyer
Lakshmy Iyer – Senior Correspondent, ASEAN & Entertainment

Lakshmy has been contributing regularly as a freelance writer since 2012. Her writing has been an amalgamation of the language, literature and rich cultural experiences of India as well as South East Asia. An Instructional Designer by profession she is passionate about lifelong learning. Art is her medium of reflection. She participates in art exhibitions thus contributing to the local art scene and using this platform, supports social causes in Singapore as well.

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