Admn proposes Le Corbusier, Rose Festival for R-Day parade tableau

  • Vinod Kumar, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Oct 07, 2014 15:51 IST

The Chandigarh administration has proposed two themes —works of Le Corbusier and Rose Festival—for the tableau to be showcased at the Republic Day parade at Rajpath in New Delhi.

The administration has submitted both the proposals to the national panel, which will hold a meeting in New Delhi on October 7. UT joint secretary, home, and director public relations (DPRO) MM Sabharwal, in-charge of the project, said the national panel would pick one of the themes, and “we will conceptualise and design the tableau on it”.

French architect Le Corbusier had planned the Chandigarh city, which is known for its urban planning and modern architecture. The Capitol Complex is recognised as one of the finest architectural marvels of Le Corbusier in the city.

The Capitol Complex comprises three main buildings-secretariat, legislative assembly, and Punjab and Haryana high court-besides an eye-catching open-hand monument and a memorial raised in remembrance of martyrs of Indian freedom struggle.

The Rose Festival, held every year in the last week of February, is one of the biggest rose shows held in the country. The administration will hire a team of experts to design the tableau.

Sabharwal said: “A lot of efforts are needed if we want to showcase the City Beautiful heritage at the national level.”

A total of 18 tableaus, including 12 states and 6 ministries, would showcase India’s cultural diversity and military might during the parade. Each moving exhibit depicts scenes of activities of people and culture, along with music and songs of that particular state.

In 2013, after a long gap of 13 years, the tableau of Chandigarh depicting Rock Garden-a sculpture garden created by Nek Chand-was accepted by the government. Previously, the national panel had rejected a number of themes proposed for the tableau of Chandigarh.

The states with best tableau also get awarded from the Central government. Last year, the city tableau had failed to make it to the top three positions, while West Bengal had bagged the best tableau award. Tamil Nadu and Assam had secured second and third spot, respectively.

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