On the 23rd of April, in celebration of the 100 Years Anniversary of the Republic of Latvia, the Dev Sanskriti University of Haridwar organized a grand festivity of Usindiena - the Latvian holiday marking the halfway point between the spring equinox and the summer solistice (the beginning of summer). Hon. Dr. Mahesh Sharma, Minister of State (Independent Chargé) for Culture & Tourism, Government of India, and other high-level Indian dignitaries, as well as H.E. Mr. Aivars Groza, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Latvia to the Republic of India, Prof. Marcis Auzins, the former rector of the University of Latvia, as well as the authors of the idea Dr. Chinmay Pandya, Vice-Chancellor of the Dev Sanskriti University of Haridwar, and Sigma Ankrava, Prof. Emeritus of the University of Latvia, were among the chief guests of the Usindiena inauguration ceremony on the 23rd of April.
H.E. Ambassador Aivars Groza in his speech expressed his appreciation to the Dev Sanskriti University for organizing such an impressive event and grand celebration of the Centenary of Latvia in Haridwar and thanked the university for promoting Latvian culture and folklore. He stressed his strong belief that the Dev Sanskriti university will continue to play an important role in further strengthening cooperation between Latvia and India.
University of Latvia alumni choir “Jubilate” (conductor prof. Juris Klavins), dance group “Saime” (director Ms Vita Vilka) and Latvian folk group “Vilki” (director Mr. Ugis Treids) gave two performances – on the 23rd and 24 April. There was a full house at the university auditorium with the capacity of 1000 seats on both days and the spectators gave a standing ovation to the performers. In addition, 1 million people followed the event in India online.
On 26 April choir “Jubilate” visited the Embassy of Latvia in New Delhi and brought a wonderful festive atmosphere with the most inspiring Latvian songs.