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What to watch out for at the Parade

art and culture Updated: Jan 26, 2012 00:24 IST
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From Indian festivals to its rich cultural ethos, the state tableaus in today’s Republic Day parade depict a mosaic of vibrant themes.

Before you take your seats at the Rajpath or switch on the television sets, we get you a glimpse of what not to miss at the 63rd Republic Day parade, today.

From themes such as women empowerment to the legacy of Rabindranath Tagore and statewise concepts, the tableaus will give a kaleidoscopic view of India’s rich cultural mosaic. Out of the 23 tableaus, 13 will be of states and 10 of ministries, and departments and agencies of the Indian Government.

For the first time, the Election Commission of India will have a tableau, featuring a model of the Electronic Voting Machine, exhorting youngsters to vote. A replica of Punjab Mail, which has completed 100 years, will be displayed as part of the tableau by the Indian Railways. West Bengal will make a comeback after 12 years with its tableau themed Shantiniketan.

This apart, dancers from Jammu and Kashmir will perform to folk songs, and sculptors from Chhattisgarh will showcase the work of late artists Sonabhai Rajwar, Darogaram and Atmadas Manikpuri, among others. Interestingly, Delhi doesn’t have a tableau for the parade.

Maharashtra: Maharashtra Tourism
With the slogan: Maharashtra —Unlimited, this tableau takes forward the celebrations of 2011-12 as the year of tourism

Assam: Bhortal Dance
The tableau is based on the state’s dance form, which is performed on fast musical beats

Election Commission of India: National Voter’s Day (Jan 25)
Making its debut at the parade, this one is to encourage youngsters to caste their votes

Rajasthan: Aamer ka Qila
Representing the medieval Rajputana lifestyle and architecture, the artistic tableau blends both Hindu and Mughal elements

Sikkim: Sakewa
The tableau is based on the bhoomi pujan festival celebrated by the Kirat Khambu Rai community of the state

Bihar: Dharhara’s Daughters of Forest
The Dharhara village came into limelight in 2010 when it was reported that 10 trees are planted here, whenever a girl child is born

West Bengal: Shantiniketan
After a hiatus of 12 years, the state will be participating in the parade with this tableau depicting the Ashram town of Tagore

Meghalaya: Jaintia Festivals
It depicts the colourful dance — Shad Pliang — a plate dance of the Jantias, a tribal community of the state

Jammu & Kashmir: Architectural Heritage of Srinagar
This tableau depicts the medieval architectural heritage of Srinagar

Punjab:Maharaja Ranjit Singh
The larger than life figure of Sher-e-Punjab atop the Lahore fort adorns the tractor portion of the tableau

Other highlights
Chhattisgarh tableau, based on the theme of traditional Jhinjhari and Dondaki clay work
Karnataka tableau will depict the theme of Bhootaradhane, an ancient tradition revolving the Holy Spirit
Nagaland tableau will be based on the government programme of communitisation
Other tableaus by the ministries, and govt departments and agencies
Stunts by bikers and aircrafts