A sense of bonhomie and nostalgia prevailed in the Garrison ground, Shillong, when 101 Area organized a mesmerizing musical evening on Friday to mark India's 69th Republic Day.
Held at the Rhino Training Complex, Garrison ground, Shillong Cantt, the evening saw the Shillong Chamber Choir, a world-renowned choir from the city, giving a musical tribute to the men and women in uniform who guard our nation, who patrol and protect our borders and battle every threat, internal and external. The conduct of the event at Shillong Cantt, the first by the choir for the services, was facilitated by Lieutenant General DS Ahuja, AVSM, General Officer Commanding, 101 Area.
Special Guests at the event included Air Marshal Anil Khosla, PVSM, AVSM, VSM, AOC-in-C, Lieutenant General Shokin Chauhan, AVSM, YSM, SM, VSM, Director General Assam Rifles & Air Marshal Rajesh Kumar, VS, SASO. The event received an overwhelming response and participation and was attended by 5000 soldiers and their families from Army, Air Force, Assam Rifles & Central Armed Police Forces.
The programme was a feast for the eyes and began with a mesmerizing performance by the Shillong Chamber Choir, which treated the audience to a beautiful and soulful journey of contemporary fusion music, depicting and celebrating the national fervour and paying tribute to the men and women in uniform. This gesture by the choir is an obeisance to the service and sacrifices of our soldiers and airmen.
The event was a befitting tribute to the defence forces wherein the families also joined hands in appreciating the contributions of brave martyrs, war disabled and all those in uniform for their active role towards nation building.