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Republic Day 2023: India’s culture ministry tableau to showcase feminine divinity power

Students get their faces painted in the colours of the Indian tricolour on the eve of the Republic Day celebrations in Jalandhar in the state of Punjab on Wednesday, January 25, 2023. (ANI Photo)

By: Shubham Ghosh

The power of feminine divinity will be the theme of the Indian government’s culture ministry’s tableau, which is set to roll down ‘Kartavya Path’ in New Delhi as part of the 74th Republic Day celebrations on Thursday (26).

The theme is ‘Shakti Rupena Samsthita’ and through art and dance forms, ‘Devi’ will be celebrated, India’s culture secretary Govind Mohan said during an interaction with reporters in New Delhi on Wednesday (25).

A total of 23 tableaux — 17 from the states and Union Territories and six from various ministries and departments — depicting India’s vibrant cultural heritage and economic and social progress will be part of the parade on ‘Kartavya Path’.

A press preview of the tableau was held recently and the Ministry of Culture’s float depicts Maa Durga through installation arts and paintings.

‘Nari Shakri’ (women power) will be the theme of the dance, which will be performed by 326 female and 153 male artists, Mohan said. These 479 artists were chosen through a nationwide ‘Vande Bharatam’ dance competition and their performance will add colour and groove to the Republic Day parade.

The artists are in 17-30 age group, the Indian defence ministry later said in a statement.

They will present classical, folk and contemporary fusion dances, depicting the ‘power of women’ through five elements — earth, water, air, space and fire.

This is the second time that the dancers of the cultural programme have been selected through a nationwide competition, it added. The colourful tableau will showcase ‘Devi puja’ and folk dances that celebrate the traditions of ‘Devi’, the culture secretary said.

When asked about Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav (AKAM) 2.0, Mohan said, 96,000 events were held since March 2021 till August 15, 2022. The figure has now risen to over 1.5 lakh (0.1 million).

“As part of AKAM 2.0, nine themes have been prepared and one ministry each has been made the nodal agencies for the respective theme. For theme unity, the home ministry is the nodal agency, for water and conservation, the Jal Shakti ministry will lead it, and for the culture theme, culture ministry is the nodal agency, and so one,” he said.

Asked if any event similar to the ‘Har Ghar Tiranga’ campaign will be organised this year, he said, “There is something being planned, but details are yet to be finalised.”

(PTI)

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