H.E. Ambassador Aivars Groza and Mrs. Sandra Groza in cooperation with Mr. K.P. Balasubramaniam, the Honorary Consul of Latvia to Karnataka, hosted a reception and a concert in honour of the 99th Anniversary of the Proclamation of the Republic a Latvia on 24 November in Bengaluru.
During his inaugural speech Ambassador Groza mentioned the significance of this year in Latvia-India relations. India celebrates the 70th anniversary of its independence and both countries also mark the 25th anniversary since the establishment of diplomatic relations between Latvia and India. The first ever visit of the Prime Minister of Latvia to India took place in November. Ambassador also mentioned that the event inaugurates the Centenary of Latvia which will be widely celebrated in Latvia and worldwide next year.
Mr. K.P. Balasubramaniam, Honorary Consul of Latvia in Karnataka since May 2015, also addressed the guests with a speech. Ambassador Groza presented him a letter from Mr. Māris Kučinskis, Prime Minister of Latvia, in which he felicitates the Honorary Consul on the 99th Anniversary of Latvia and expresses his appreciation for his support in promoting Latvia-India relations, as well as the warm welcome extended to the Prime Minister during his visit to India.
The Riga Saxophone Quartet gave a mesmerizing concert by playing a wide repertoire, including the music by renowned composers (G.H. Handel, J.S. Bach), as well as more recent compositions from Argentina, France, and Greece. The original performances of the well-known music by Maestro Raimonds Pauls from the Latvian film “The long Way in Dunes”, as well as the performance by saxophones of a famous Indian song were warmly received by the audience.
Both representatives of the diplomatic corps, Embassy’s and Honorary Consul’s partners, as well as representatives of the Latvian diaspora in India attended the event. It was the first time a reception organized in honour of the Anniversary of the Proclamation of the Republic of Latvia took place outside of New Delhi.