More than 400 Indians thronged the India House in Malaysian capital city of Kuala Lumpur to witness the unfurling of the national tricolour.
"It is the largest-ever number of Indians who have come to observe this day," an Indian High Commission official said comparing the turnout to that of the past few years.
Indian envoy Ashok Kantha unfurled the flag and read out excerpts of the President's speech in English and Hindi.
Patrotic songs were rendered by the children of Global Indian School, a Kuala Lumpur-based institution which follows the CBSC curriculum.
A tourism delegation from Sikkim, including the state Forest Minister, also attended the brief ceremony. Almost all the Indians present were expatriates working here who came with their families.
Similar functions were held across southeast Asia in Singapore, Jakarta, Manila and Bangkok.