Pomp, pageantry mark R-Day in Karnataka

Bangalore, Jan 26 (IANS) Pomp and pageantry marked the 64th Republic Day celebrations across Karnataka Saturday, with Governor H.R. Bharadwaj unfurling the national flag and inspecting a guard of honour after taking salute at an impressive parade here.

On a bright sunny day with cool breeze wafting across the Field Marshal Manekshaw ground, rose petals were showered from an army chopper around the podium where the governor, Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar and other dignitaries were seated.

Bhardwaj went around the ground in an open jeep and received salute from the armed forces and other contingents including police and hundreds of school children, with military and police bands in attendance.

About 8,000 people packing the venue cheered the security forces and other participants.

After the governor delivered the R-Day address in English, contingents of the military, police and NCC and about 3,000 boys and girls from schools across the city and districts staged a march past.

Boys and girls from schools showcased the state's rich cultural heritage through folk dances.

College students re-enacted the historical battles waged by the state's rulers like Tippu Sultan, Kittur Rani Chennamma and Sangolli Rayanna against the British.

The highlight of the two-hour event was the daring feats of the Military Police on motor cycles, which drew maximum applause.

The Republic Day was also celebrated at district headquarters with flag-hoisting, ceremonial parades and cultural programmes.

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