Artisans give finishing touches to an animal husbandry department tableau in Ranchi on Monday. Picture by Prashant Mitra
Eco-tourism, health schemes and green messages from the forest ministry — the 18 tableaux of state government departments will try to depict the myriad shades of Jharkhand during the 63rd Republic Day parade at Ranchi’s Morabadi grounds on Thursday.
The tableaux, which are coming up at an estimated cost of Rs 70,000 each, will showcase the activities of various state government departments, sources said. Work on setting up tableaux had already commenced, they added.
“The tableau of the tourism department this year is going to be special. We are carving out a giant size replica of the nagada, a traditional tribal musical instrument of this region. We will also showcase small huts made of straws, complete with trees in the courtyard. The trees will have artisans dancing near them,” said Sukhdeo Sagar, an artiste working on the department’s tableau.
Similarly, the forest department will present the rich flora and fauna of the state with animals and streams. The department’s message would be mainly focussed around conservation of natural resources and how trees hills and rivers help in maintaining the ecological balance in the environment.
The social welfare department, however, has decided to focus on mother and child healthcare at anganwadi centres of the state. The artistes said that they also had plans to slip in a message on nutritional food and how they are very essential for good health.
Jharkhand Renewable Energy Development Authority plans to highlight the use of solar power in its tableau.
Artistes employed by the drinking water and sanitation department said that they had been instructed to work on the concept of nirmal gram or clean village.
“We will depict a number of things that leads to the making of a clean village. Villagers using toilets and not relieving themselves in the open, drinking water from bore wells will be two such aspects that we highlight. That apart, there is a jal sahiya (water friend) who is shown leading the villagers into cleanliness. There will also be replicas of women repairing defunct bore wells,” explained an artisan Ajay Kumar.
The tourism department’s tableau will depict the prospects of eco-tourism in the state, while the labour department will highlight the Rashtriya Swasth Beema Yojana and how villagers can make use of health cards of their choice at various hospitals.
Once completed, all the tableaux would be mounted on trucks, which would then take part in the parade scheduled to begin at 9am on Thursday. Governor Syed Ahmed will hoist the national flag during the occasion.
District public relations officer Mukul Lakra told The Telegraph that they were looking to put up a good and colourful show this year p.
“The artistes are giving shape to the tableaux. Work is on in full swing,” he said.