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Republic Day Parade 2016 - Tableaus
|by Dr. Jaipal Singh|
This year on 26th January, India celebrated its 67th Republic day. With the intelligence information gathered that terrorist groups from across the border are out to spoil the fun and grace of the occasion with their sabotage and disruptive activities, the security was very tight and high alert across the capital and more particularly in and around Rajpath. Even in VIP enclosures, we had to pass through several layers of security as an abundant precaution. Consequently, the entire event passed through peacefully with zero error and usual grandeur and ambience for which our Republic day Parade is so sought after event by the Indian masses and onlookers.
This was followed by the tableau of Gujarat showcasing the Gir Wildlife Sanctuary, the abode of the Asiatic lions. The first part of the tableau presented the life-size model of an Asiatic Lion in a majestic posture. The middle part represented the success of the Lion Conservation Programme in the state. The rear part represented diverse flora and fauna of the Gir forest – a home of several species of mammals and birds. The people of Sidi community of Gir forests were also shown performing their traditional dance.
The next was the tableau of Sikkim representing celebration of Buddha Jayanti popularly known as ‘Saga Dawa’. The tableau’s front portion contained the prayer wheels having rolls of mantras. These wheels are religious symbols for performing prayers. The rear portion of the tableau represented religious procession of the Buddhist community on the occasion.
The colourful tableau of Jammu and Kashmir represented economic and natural environment transformation in the rural areas under the flagship scheme Mera Gaon Mera Jahan under the Clean and Green Mission of the Government of India. Front part of tableau contained three women in traditional costumes with Basmati rice from Jammu, Kashmiri saffron, dried apricot from Ladakh and a basket of Kashmiri apples. The rear part, the local people are shown picking, grading and packaging of apples. This depicted growth and development in rural Kashmir via adoption of the modern technology.
The Rajasthan tableau depicted the architectural heritage of Hawa Mahal of world fame. Built by the ruler of Jaipur Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh in 1799 AD, it is a five storey beautiful building in red with numerous windows known as Jharokhas. The front portion of the tableau contained the statue of Maharaja followed by women performing folk song Panihaarin.
The tableau of Chandigarh represented architectural landmarks and greenery of the city planned by the famous French Architect Le Corbusier. The front part depicted the symbol of the city ‘open to give and open to receive’. The back portion contained models of the Capital Complex, High Court, Legislative Assembly, Rock Garden etc.
The tableau of Tripura represented the Unakoti Scluptures depicting different varieties of rock found in Unakoti located about 185 Km from the capital Agartala. These sculptures date back from seventh to ninth centuries AD largely representing various Hindu Gods and Godesses. The place is of major attraction for tourists and pilgrims who frequent the place so often for the ancient sculptures.
The tableau of West Bengal exhibited Bauls of Bengal, the wondering minstrels. They are people of actually nomadic folk origin from both Hindu and Muslim communities spreading the message of peace, brotherhood and mystic philosophy. Bauls still use traditional instruments like Ektara, Dotara, Khamak, Nupur, Premjuri, Dubki etc. and are recognized by UNESCO as one of the Master Pieces of the Oral & Intangible Heritage of Humanity.
The tableau of Karnataka displayed Kodagu, the coffee district of the state. Its significant production of coffee has made India the sixth largest producer of coffee in the world. The Tableau displayed various stages of coffee production to its final consumption. The Kodava women folks of Kodagu in distinct costumes accompanied the tableau performing their traditional dance.
The tableau of Chhatisgarh displayed Khairagarh Music and Art University considered to be one of the oldest in Asia furthering the cause of music, dance, fine arts and theatre. The front part had a life size sculpture of Murlidhar and the rear part showcased the artistic building of the university and various forms of art and music.
Todas are a small tribal community in the Nilgiri district of Tamilnadu and the tableau depicted their living in the natural habitat amidst ‘Kurinji’flowers that is stated to bloom once in twelve years. Todas are one of the six primitive tribal groups of Tamilnadu who speak non-linguistic language and attract attention due to their distinct appearance.
The tableau of Uttarakhand depicted the festival of Ramman celebrated in in April in Salur-Dungra village of Chamoli district. This festival was declared by the UNESCO as world heritage in 2009. The front part of the tableau depicted the mask of God Narsimha with assortment of other masks, the middle part showing folk dance artists playing Bhankor (traditional folk musical instrument) and the rear part carried the models of the Temple of Bhumiyal devta and the Himalayas.
The colourful tableau of Uttar Pradesh displayed the traditional Indian craft of Zardozi representing exquisite embroidery on dress material using precious and semi-precious materials. Zardozi embroidery comprises of gold, silver. Copper and silk threads and is still popular among affluent people.
The Assam tableau depicted the popular festival of Rongali Bihu in the state celebrated in the spring season during April every year. The tableau showcased the local people engaged in Bihu celebration in the backdrop of a hut in the rear portion. The occasion also marks the beginning of the Assamese New Year.
The tableau of the Ministry of New & Renewal Energy showcased its ambitious project of achieving renewable energy capacity target of 175 GW by the year 2022 through wind, solar, ocean, tidal energy etc. This gets increasing relevance because these non-conventional sources of energy are accepted universally as clean, inexhaustible and environment friendly.
The tableau of the Ministry of Drinking Water & Sanitation represented the theme of ‘Swachh Bharat’ (Clean India). The front part displayed the logo of ‘Swachh Bharat Mission’, the familiar spectacles of Mahatma Gandhi. The rear part showcased the citizen of India basking in the clean, green and hygienic environment in villages and cities alike.
The Ministry of Communication and Information Technology showcased achievements of Digital India aiming to transform India into a digitally empowered knowledge based society and economy in its tableau. The front part of the tableau highlighted digital services and gadgets like mobile phone, tablet, USB Drive, Chips etc., the base was shaped like a mouse of computer and the tail portion represented citizen centric services like e-Health, MyGov, Bharat Broadband, e-Education in rural areas.
Election Commission of India too had fielded a tableau this year on the theme of "Inclusive and Ethical Electpral Participation' of the citizen of India. The Commission depicted its initiatives in the form of model polling stations, ramps for persons with disability, help desks, assistance for elderly and so on so forth. The front part of the tableau displayed the people in different costumes symbolic to the diversity of the nation. The Ashoka Piller symbolized the resolve to promote ethical and informed decision by the electorate. The middle and rear part showcased the "National Voters' Service Portal" a digital platform of e-enabled services and Electronic Voter Machine familiarization camp.
Image copyright Jaswant Kaur - Nos. 1,2,3,6,9,10,17,20&21
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