Lucknow on Monday hosted the country's biggest drone show at Residency, lighting the war memorial with the stories of India's freedom struggle. This mega-show was organized by the Ministry of Culture and the Department of Tourism and Culture, Uttar Pradesh, as part of the 'Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav' celebrations. A magnificent air display with as many as 500 drones, a laser light show and music was part of the vibrant night at Lucknow, in honour of the Kakori Martyrs Day.
Light & Sound, Drone show light up Residency
The ruins of Lucknow Residency have been a silent witness to the First War of Independence in 1857 and this iconic mega show rewrote history. Dubbed as the biggest light and drone acrobat show of India, the air display lit up the Residency while narrating the story of the country's freedom struggle.
The drone display kickstarted with homage to Indian soldier Mangal Pandey, the trailblazer of the country's protest against the British and then chronicled the tale, from 1857 to 1947, depicting the stories of our freedom fighters, their valour, bravery and sacrifice. Formations of martyrs and events related to the Freedom Movement were made in the skies.
75-years of India's Independence gets its own spotlight
The Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh graced the event at Residency as the Chief Guest. Reportedly, the Union Minister of State for Culture, Meenakshi Lekhi, was also present on the occasion. While addressing the gathering at the Residency, the CM said "UP was the main centre during the First War of Independence in 1857. We are fortunate to have assembled here to witness the celebrations of 75 years of Independence, but this Independence was not achieved in a day. Chauri Chaura, Kakori train incident and many similar incidents eventually led to independence."
He saluted the contributions of the freedom fighters and hailed them for their selflessness, for the greater good of the country. They must be admired for what they did for the country, the CM added.
Biggest drone show in India
Notably, this was the largest drone show in the country. Earlier, in 2020, in Mumbai, 250 drones had performed in a show, and 100 drones had participated in a show held in Prayagraj, said officials of the Tourism Department.
Special teams from Russia and drone engineers were deployed here to handle the drones and manage the show. Besides, a high-tech 3D light show was also projected on the ruins of the British Residency.