Kargil divas

 ‘शहीदों की मज़ारों पर लगेंगे हर बरस मेले,

वतन पर मिटने वालों का यही बाकी निशान होगा

 

To mark the occasion of the 18th ‘Kargil Vijay Diwas’ , the DLF Foundation, in partnership with NGO Citizen4Forces, hosted 'Symphony of Victory', a series of events dedicated to the heroes in uniform who perished in the line of fire. Students from Ridge Valley School, Gurugram, invoked the spirit of patriotism through their heartfelt singing. The band and the choir synchronized their notes perfectly and charged the ambience with ‘बंदे हैं हम उसके, हम पे किसका ज़ोर …..’. The students saluted the Kargil War heroes and our Motherland. The profound ceremony was graced by the family members of some of the slain soldiers.

Our students Kabir Gupta & Ananya Bahl presented a token of appreciation and regard to the parents of Capt. Vikram Batra, Vivaan Bhardwaj & Shambhavi Parashar presented it to father of Capt. Amit Verma and Arpita Sondhi & Karma Tashi extolled the mother of Capt. Vijayant Thapar.  Mrs. Tripta Thapar as the audience gave a standing ovation to them and spoke on the occasion urging everyone to remember the sacrifices of the martyrs. She ended her inspiring speech by singing lines from the intensely patriotic ‘ऐ मेरे वतन के लोगों’.

In attendance were four survivors who lived to celebrate victory in the heights of Kargil, and two dance troupes reminded the crowd of India's cultural riches. Four Odissi dancers performed ‘Vande Mataram’ while a group of young Sambalpuri dancers brought a light touch to the proceedings. The three-hour ceremony concluded with a musical homage, a presentation by the Citizen4Forces band.

In an act of homage to martyrdom, a 'Wall of Fame' was erected at the venue, Cyber Hub, bearing the names and photographs of those who laid down their lives in the 1999 war, and the ‘Amar Jawan Jyoti’ was lit to pay tribute to the fallen soldiers, with the veterans of Kargil laying wreaths in their memory.