R-Day tableaux pays tribute to Bollywood, Vivekananda

Last Updated: Sat, Jan 26, 2013 09:08 hrs

Tableaux paying tribute to India cinema on its 100th anniversary and homage to Swami Vivekananda were among the varied display of art and culture at the 64th Republic Day parade here Saturday.

Of the 19 tableaux, the one that drew maximum attention was that of the information and broadcasting ministry, which paid a tribute to 100 years of Indian cinema.

With posters of prominent artists and stills from classic movies, the tableau also had artists dressed as famous Hindi film characters.

Equally eye-catching was the tableau from the ministry of social justice, which had physically challenged people on wheel chairs, giving a message of their strength and aspirations.

West Bengal's tableau paid a tribute Swami Vivekananda, whose 150th birth anniversary was celebrated this year.

Festivals and different art forms dominated the state tableaux.

Uttar Pradesh showcased the famous 'Lathmar' Holi, which is observed before the Holi festival and entails women hitting men with sticks.

The Meghalaya tableau had its harvest festival 'Hundred Drums Wangala', while Odisha had the 'Chandan Yatra (sandalwood voyage) of Lord Jagannath'.

Karnataka displayed its Kinnal art - making colourful wooden handicrafts, while Bihar had 'Siki' - making mats and baskets of a special grass, which is harvested once in a year.

Jammu and Kashmir presented a tableaux showcasing its famous Pashmina wool shawls.

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