Tiranga Utsav Organised by Ministry of Culture

The Ministry of Culture organized “Tiranga Utsav” on August 2, 2022 to celebrate the contributions of Pingali Venkayya to the country. Tiranga Utsav was an evening filled with cultural and musical performances. It was organised in New Delhi, on the occasion 146th Birth Anniversary of Pingali Venkayya.

Highlights of the event include:

  • The Tiranga Utsav marked the presence of Union Home Affairs Minister Amit Shah as the chief guest.
  • On the occasion, Amit Shah released the commemorative Postal Stamp to honour Pingali Venkayya.
  • ‘Amar Chitra Katha’ was also released in his memory.
  • Amit Shah also felicitated the family members of Pingali Venkayya at the event.
  • The Tiranga Anthem was also released.

Who was Pingali Venkayya?
Pingali Venkayya was an Indian freedom fighter and a follower of Mahatma Gandhi. He designed a flag, based on which Indian National Flag was designed later. He belonged to a Telugu brahmin family and was born at Bhatlapenumarru, near Machilipatnam (in present day Andhra Pradesh). He completed high schooling in Madras and graduation in Cambridge University. He was posthumously awarded the Bharat Ratna in 2011.
National Flag by Pingali Venkayya:
Members of Indian Independence movement had used several national flags before India’s independence in 1947. National Flag was designed by Pingali Venkayya, which he presented to Mahatma Gandhi on April 1, 1912 when he visited to Vijayawada city. In 1921, Mahatma Gandhi approved the design at Indian National Congress meeting in Vijayawada. The Flag had two stripes viz., green and red along with a Gandhian charkha at the centre. Later, he added white strip on the top following Mahatma Gandhi’s suggestion. This became the original Tricolour and became a symbol of non-violent freedom movement of Mahatma Gandhi.

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