There were a total of 23 tableaus during the Republic Day parade which took place on Friday out of which 14 represented different states and Union Territories of the nation.
While the tableau for Karnataka showed how the state is truly endowed with nature’s bounty, the tableau representing Himachal Pradesh showcased the largest and a thousand years old monastery in Spiti Valley–Kye Monastery. The tableau of Madhya Pradesh represented ‘Sanchi’, a key Buddhist centre whereas the tableau of Tripura was based on a combination of beauty, elegance and exquisite designs of their handicrafts.
(Tableaus of Himachal Pradesh and Manipur on display at Rajpath during the full dress rehearsal for the 69th Republic Day Parade, in New Delhi on Tuesday. PTI Photo)
The tableau of Uttarakhand focused on a Rural Tourism, Jammu and Kashmir tableau showcased the livelihood of the people, Maharashtra put forth one based on the coronation of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and the tableau of Lakshadweep highlighted the unique local culture of the people.
(New Delhi: The tableau of Jammu & Kashmir on display at Rajpath during the full dress rehearsal for the 69th Republic Day Parade, in New Delhi on Tuesday. PTI Photo)
Kettukazhcha is an offering of devotees associated with the temple festivals and farming community in Kerala and hence the state’s tableau for the Republic Day parade showcased the skillfully sculpted and decorated tradition of the people. Chhattisgarh’s tableau showcased the country’s ancient Amphitheatre situated on the hills of Ramgarh in Chhattisgarh’s Sarguja district, whereas tableau of Assam depicted a performance on the subject "Sita Haran-Bali Badh" by the artists wearing masks (Mukha) resembling the characters.
(The tableau of Gujarat on display at Rajpath during the full dress rehearsal for the 69th Republic Day Parade, in New Delhi on Tuesday. PTI Photo)
The design of the Punjab Government was one of Sangat and Pangat which is a common mode of obeisance and community social service. The tableau of Manipur represented a popular folklore, the story of Khamba and Thoibi. Since 2017 marked the completion of 100 years of the Sabarmati Ashram, the “Century of Sabarmati Ashram and Gandhiji” was the theme of the tableau from the state of Gujarat.