Republic Day parade: Defence ministry rejects city's tableau

  • Vinod Kumar, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Dec 29, 2014 08:55 IST

Dashing hopes of the Chandigarh administration, the ministry of defence has rejected its proposal for tableau to be showcased at the Republic Day parade at Rajpath in New Delhi.

UT administration's two proposed themes -- works of Le Corbusier and Rose Festival --failed to impress the ministry.

Confirming the development, UT joint secretary home and director public relation (DPR) MM Sabharwal said the administration had proposed the themes after much deliberation.
"We had put in lot of efforts, but it failed to impress the national panel. We had even hired a team of experts for conceptualising our tableau." said Sabharwal, who vowed that their tableaus will be there in the 2016 R-Day parade.

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

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

A total of 18 tableaus, including 12 states and 6 ministries, would showcase India's cultural diversity and military might during the parade. Each exhibit will depict scenes of activities of people and culture, along with music and songs of that particular state. The states with the best tableau also get awarded from the Central government.

Last year, the city's tableau had failed to make it to the top three positions, with West Bengal bagging the best tableau award. Tamil Nadu and Assam had secured second and third spot, respectively.

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