Culture Ministry organizes 'Tiranga Utsav' on the occasion of 146th birth anniversary of Pingali Venkaiah
Union Home Minister Amit Shah participated in the 'Tiranga Utsav' being organised by the Ministry of Culture in New Delhi on 2 August.
The event is being organized on the occasion of the 146th birthday of freedom fighter Pingali Venkaiah who designed the national flag and made a huge contribution to the nation.
In this program a commemorative postage stamp was issued in his honour for his invaluable contribution to the freedom struggle and his family was honoured.
The Home Minister launches the “Har Ghar Tiranga” anthem and video during the 'Tiranga Utsav'.
The program featured live performances by masters like Kailash Kher and Kailasa, Harshdeep Kaur and Dr. Ragini Makkhar.
On the completion of 75 years of independence, the central government is running the 'Har Ghar Tiranga' campaign.
Who was Pingali Venkayya?
He was born on August 2, 1876, at Bhatlapenumarru, near present-day Machilipatnam town in Andhra Pradesh.
He was sent to South Africa to fight in the war as a soldier of the British Indian Army.
He was impressed by the feeling of nationalism inspired by the Union Jack among British soldiers in South Africa.
He was the designer of India’s national tricolour.
In 1921, Mahatma Gandhi approved the tricolor designed by him at a meeting of the Indian National Congress in Vijayawada.
The tricolor version presented by Venkayya to Mahatma Gandhi had two stripes (green and red) and a Gandhian spinning wheel in the centre.
On Gandhi's suggestion, Venkayya added a white stripe at the top, and it became the original tricolor.
This flag was used informally in all Congress meetings from 1921 onwards.
During the Congress session of 1931, the Congress adopted the tricolor with a color scheme – saffron, white and green and the spinning wheel in the centre.
The flag became the standard of Mahatma Gandhi's non-violent freedom movement.
A postage stamp was issued in his honor in 2009.
In 2014, the Vijayawada station of All India Radio (AIR) was also named after him.
He died in 1963 in poverty and oblivion.
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