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Delhi tableau to make a comeback in R-Day parade after 3 years

PTI
Published : Jan 22, 2017, 5:38 pm IST
Updated : Jan 22, 2017, 5:38 pm IST

'Delhi has been participating every year but could not make it through the selection process in recent years,' Defence Ministry said.

Delhi will make a comeback in the Republic Day parade after three years. (Photo: PTI/Representational)
 Delhi will make a comeback in the Republic Day parade after three years. (Photo: PTI/Representational)

New Delhi: The country's capital will make a comeback in the Republic Day parade after three years with its tableau managing to secure a place after passing through the competitive selection process.

Delhi's tableau had last participated in the 2013 Republic Day parade. It had portrayed the city's diverse culture, owing to its inhabitants from different backgrounds and regions, and its status as the country's hub for performing and fine arts.

"The tableaux are selected through a very competitive process and a high-level committee headed by the Defence Secretary makes the selection. Delhi has been participating every year but could not make it through the selection process in recent years. This year it has been selected," a Defence Ministry official said.

Set up as a Model Government School, the tableau will portray the transformation in state-run schools and the recent initiatives taken in the education sector.

A Union Territory (UT) that is making a comeback in the 68th Republic Day parade is Lakshadweep. Its tableau, which will portray it as an unexplored tourist destination, is getting ready to pass through the Rajpath after 23 years.

As last year, the parade will see participation of 23 tableaux of which 17 are from states and UTs.

"A total of 23 tableaux would participate in the parade, with 17 of them belonging to states and the union territories. Besides, six tableaux from the Ministry of Housing and Urban Party Alleviation, Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises and Council of Scientific and Industrial Research will also be part of the parade," the official added.

Skill India, Beti Bacha Beti Padhao themes for 68th R-Day

 A tribute to Lokmanya Tilak on his 160th birth anniversary, art and lifestyle of Kutch, model government schools of Delhi, Skill India and Beti bachao beti padhao are among the themes for the Republic Day tableaux this year.

A total of 23 tableaux would be on display at the ceremonial parade with 17 of them belonging to various states and Union Territories.

Six tableaux from Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation, Ministry of Skill Development, Central Board of Excise and Customs, Council of Scientific and Industrial Research and Central Public Works Department (CPWD) will find their place at the 68th Republic Day on Rajpath.

States registering their presence this year include Goa, Odisha, Delhi, Tripura, West Bengal, Arunachal Pradesh, Maharashtra, Manipur, Gujarat, Lakshadweep, Karnataka, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Tamil Nadu, Jammu and Kashmir and Assam.

According to the Defence Ministry officials, the tableau by the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship is based on the theme of 'Transforming India through Skill development', while that of the Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises will be based on Khadi and Village Industries Commission.

Arunachal's Yak dance, Karnataka's folk dances, Tamil Nadu's dance 'Karakattam' and Tripura's tribal dance 'Hojagiri' will be represented in the tableau of the respective states, while Punjab will showcase "Jago Aiya"."Centuries ago, there were no wedding invitations. Jago is a festive dance which would take place the night before a Punjabi wedding.

"A pot decorated with oil lamps is carried on the head while dancing and singing Jago songs. Relatives of the bride or groom would go around the village and ask people to wake up and join in the festivities," an official said.

Delhi's tableau, which will be part of the parade after three years, has been set up as a model government school to portray the transformation in state-run schools and the recent initiatives taken by the government in the education sector. Lakshadweep, which is participating in the parade after

23 years, will portray itself as an unexplored destination for "adventure sport-nature tourism" with premier diving spots, rich eco-system, marine wealth, coral reefs, silver sandy beaches and pristine waters.

The theme of Haryana's tableau is based on the popular "Beti bachao beti padhao" campaign, while that of Goa will focus on the state's musical heritage.

"The tableau of Jammu and Kashmir will showcase winter sports at Gulmarg and Assam will portray the holy shrine of Kamakhya," the official said.

"Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojna will be the theme of the tableau of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation. The Council of Scientific and Industrial Research's tableau will showcase 38 national laboratories," he added.

'Green India-Clean India' will be the theme of CPWD's tableau.

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