17 States and Six Ministries of the Central Government will this year showcase their tableaux on this year''s Republic Day Parade on Rajpath.
These tableaux will showcase varied themes starting from country''s rich cultural heritage and socio-economic development to nation''s progress in key areas like IT, Women, Empowerment and Environment Protection.
The tableau of Odisha depicts ''Dola Jatra'' â€“ a popular festival celebrated in the state. This festival signifies the journey of Goddess Radha & Lord Krishna for ultimate union in the tradition of Bhakti cult.
''Dola Jatra'' coincides with the Holi festival that takes place on Falguna Dashami before full moon day in the midst of February-March. The worship of Goddess Radha and Lord Krishna is the pivotal event during this six-day long festival.
The tableau of Arunachal Pradesh depicts the Yak Dance, one of the most famous pantomimes of the Mahayana sect of Buddhist Tribes of the state. The masked dancer represents the members of a family who are said to have discovered the Yak with the help of a magical bird hundreds of years ago.
The Yak is the most useful animal of these tribes owing its multipurpose uses. The discovery of the Yak resolved the family''s internal property disputes and provided a permanent source of prosperity to the entire community. This dance portrays the joy of the people upon finding the Yak and it signifies the presence of health, wealth and happiness of the Mahayana Buddhist tribes, who believe that performing this dance would relieve them of all their complications and anxieties.
The Maharashtra Tableaux is on the life of Lokmanya Balgangadhar Tilak.
This year is being commemorated as the 160th birth anniversary of the honoured freedom fighter. Known popularly as Lokmanaya, meaning revered by the people, Tilak was one of the first leaders of the Indian Independence movement. A freedom activist and a social reformer, he was also a mathematician, news reporter, editor, writer and orator. He committed himself to bring about awakening in the society and nation building so as to liberate India from the oppressive rule of the British. He started publishing his newspapers, the ''Mahratta'' and ''Kesari''. With a view to bring about social awakening and unity in the fight against the foreign rule, he initiated the celebrations of ''Ganeshotsav'' and also the ''Shivjayanti Utsav''. This year the tradition of celebrating Ganeshotsav as begun by him would be completing 125 successful years.
The tablueax of Manipur is based on the theme of Lai Haraoba, one of the oldest ritualistic theatres of the world jealously preserved by the Meitei community of Manipur with utmost awe and sanctity. The entire community participates in it with complete devotion.
Lai Haraoba, translated as ''Happiness of the Gods'' is celebrated to worship local deities to bring prosperity and well-being of the land and its inhabitants. These divinities are referred to as Umag Lais or Sylvan Gods as their abodes are located in a wooded area. The sacred ceremonies are conducted by Maibis or priestesses who are adept in dance and sacred rituals. The common people also dance as an act of worship to the accompaniment of the traditional stringed instruments (pena) and drums (langdeng pung).
The Gujarat Tableaux will be based on the Art and Lifestyle of Kutch.
The main subject of Tableau is the ''The Art and Lifestyle of Kutch''. Hence the woman doing the embroidery work is shown on the front part of the tableau in symbolic form. On the back side of the tableau people using Motchi (Cobbler) embroidery art and Dabda, Kutchi camel covered with embroidery work fabric, Rogan art work and the residence of Kutch people Bhunga is shown.
Famous for its traditional arts and folk dances, the state of Karnataka presents traditional folk dances of the state in this year''s Republic Day Parade tableau.
The tableau showcases the Goravas, the worshippers of Lord Shiva engaged in the traditional ritualistic dance. They are adorned with unique caps made of bear''s hair, who dance to the beats of drums and blowing flute. It is followed by the sword wielding warriors who are seen performing a dance while others carrying cymbals follow in circles. With those beating drums, a dancer attired in attractive mask forms the ensemble of Somas dancers to make the visual presentation complete.
The tableau of Delhi portrays the transformation of School Education in the Nation, particularly the recent initiatives taken for quality enhancement in the field. A good education lays the foundation of a good future. In its bid to improve the quality of education, the Government of Delhi has been transforming Government Schools into Model Schools.
The tableau of Delhi demonstrates the evolution of the concept of ''Model Schools''.
The tableaux of Himachal Pradesh is on Chamba Rumal, the the finest specimen of Pahari art flourishing in Chamba town of Himachal Pradesh during late 18th century. While the Haryana Tableaux will be on the subject of ''Beti Bachao â€“ Beti Padhao,'' West Bengal''s tableaux will be based on Sharod Utsav, signified by the appearance of pristine-white "Kashphool" in the backdrop of the greenery of rural Bengal in autumn.
The Punjab tableaux will based on ''Jago'', a festive dance full of energy and celebrations which would take place the night before a Punjabi Wedding.
Tamil Nadu''s tableaux will be on the topic ''Karakattam'', a popular folk dance of Tamil Nadu which forms an important event in temple festival celebrations especially in Amman Temple festivals in the rural areas of the state.
The Goa tableaux will feature the Musical Heritage of the state. The Tripura tableaux will be on Hojagiri, A Magnificent Reang Tribal Dance of Tripura is presented as the theme of the Tripura State Tableau while the Jammu and Kashmir tableaux will be on the Winter Sports at Gulmarg.
The tableau of Assam portrays the holy shrine of Kamakhya that renders prominence to its capital metropolis â€“ Guwahati.
The parade will also feature the tableaux of the Central Board of Excise and Customs which will be based on the Goods and Service Tax. Khadi India will be the subject of the tableaux of the Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises while that of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviaiton will be on Housing for All.
The tableau is of Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR) will highlight the major CSIR outcomes. While that of the CPWD will be on Green India â€“ Clean India.
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