Republic Day Parade in India
Unity in diversity: The Delhi tableau highlighting the harmonious existence of the city’s four major religious communities State seen during the 62nd Republic Day Parade on Rajpath on Wednesday. – Photo: R. V. Moorthy
With its message of Cultural and religious harmony, Delhi’s tableau made a comeback at the Republic Day Parade here on Wednesday after a three-year absence.
The Baha’i Temple with its message of respect for all religions stood at the forefront, while the sides represented the harmonious existence of the city’s four major religious communities. The trailer had a representation of the Old Fort with dancers performing to Kathak music, completing the image of a traditionally diverse and historically rich city. The festival of Dussehra, complete with effigies of Ravana, Kumbhakarana and Meghnad, was also part of the tableau.
“It was great to see the band of Phool waalon ki sair leading the Delhi tableau, and the cultural and historical heritages of the city come alive on Rajpath. This is the first time I have come to watch the parade and I was not disappointed,” said 20-year-old Kirti Das, a resident of Lajpat Nagar.
Apart from the tableau, students from the city’s schools took the message of cultural harmony one step further through renditions of the country’s dances.
In a dance item titled “Sanskriti”, New Delhi Municipal Council school children showcased an amalgamation different Indian classical dance forms like Bharatanatyam, Kathak, Odissi, Kuchipudi, Manipuri, Mohiniattam and Kathakali.
Students of Government Girls’ Senior Secondary School Amalwas, Jwalapuri, presented “Rangeelo Rajasthan”, a colourful performance on “Keasaria Baalam Padharo” to depict the cultural values, valour, literature and art of Rajasthan.