Diverse Indian culture reflected at Republic Day tableaux

New Delhi, Jan 26 (IANS) The Republic Day parade this year on Rajpath witnessed tableaux from 17 states showcasing the amazing diversity in the country, from physical features to fauna and flora, races, languages, religions, and cultural practices.

The tableau of Odisha depicted the festival of “Dola Jatra” that signifies the journey of Lord Dologovinda, Bhudevi and Sreedevi in the tradition of Bhakti cult, while the tableau of Arunachal Pradesh presented the Yak Dance, one of the most famous pantomimes of the Mahayana sect of Buddhism practiced by tribes in the state.

To commemorate the 160th birth anniversary of the freedom fighter Lokmanya Bal Gangadhar Tilak who is known to have encouraged physical education along with other social reforms, Maharashtra’s tableau highlighted his struggles and contributions.

One of the oldest ritualistic theatres of the world, Lai Haraoba was recreated by the Meitei community of Manipur which practices it, with a replica of the deities, elaborate traditional paraphernalia and live dancing by the devotees.

The Gujarat tableau featured the art and lifestyle of its Kutch region, with a woman doing the embroidery work, while the tourist destination of Lakshadweep unveiled its rich eco-system and marine wealth.

Famous for its traditional arts and folk dances, the state of Karnataka presented the tableau showcasing Goravas, the worshippers of Lord Shiva.

The Delhi government portrayed the transformation of school education in the city, particularly the recent initiatives taken for quality enhancement in the field, and demonstrated the evolution of the concept of “Model Schools” here.

The hilly state of Himachal Pradesh, famous for Chamba Rumal — a finest specimen of Pahari art in the Chamba town which originated in late 18th century, splendidly represented the essence of this wonderful craft in its tableau.

Haryana depicted the most relevant issue in the state and also in the country — the ‘Beti Bachao – Beti Padhao’ movement.

West Bengal tableau showcased exquisite art motifs that extend to elaborate interiors and exteriors of Durga Puja pandals, executed by trained artists, with stylised elements and presentation of crafts and culture.

Punjab presented its festive dance Jago Aaiya that takes place a night before a Punjabi wedding.

Tamil Nadu’s tableau presented the state’s popular folk dance Karakattam that forms an important event of temple festival celebrations, especially in Amman temple festivals in the rural areas.

The musical heritage of Goa was the main feature of its tableau at the parade. It was depicted through various musical instruments and dance.

The magnificent Reang tribal dance of Tripura was presented as the theme of the state’s tableau. The dance is usually performed on the occasion of the Hojagiri festivals and is accompanied by bamboo-made flute, cymbals and khamb.

The tableau of Jammu and Kashmir attractively showcased winter sports at Gulmarg, with Kashmiri folk song playing in the background.

The tableau of Assam portrayed the holy shrine of Kamakhya temple that renders prominence to its capital Guwahati.