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Tuesday , January 22 , 2013
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State passes tableau test

- Catch Khunti’s dokra art at Republic Day parade, Delhi

After four years, Jharkhand made it to one among the 30 tableaux to be displayed at the grand Republic Day parade in New Delhi, a showpiece celebration of India’s military strength and cultural diversity, even as the state gears up for celebrations at home on Morabadi grounds, Ranchi.

From Raisina Hill near Rashtrapati Bhavan, along Rajpath, till India Gate, spectators will get to know about the dokra art of Khunti in the tableau. For the state under President’s Rule, this is a moment for cheers.

Two dokra artisans, Mani Malhar and Dasrath Malhar from Khunti, and seven folk artists from Namkum are preparing it in New Delhi. “A national audience will get to know about the state’s dokra art at the R-Day function. We are thrilled,” said Snehlata Ekka, deputy director of state information and public relations department.

Back home, hectic preparations are underway for the 24 tableaux for the R- Day parade on Morabadi grounds, where governor Syed Ahmed will hoist the Tricolour.

“We are preparing tableaux on themes such as Yuva Varsh, spiritual tourism, environment preservation and sanitation. The tableaux are colourful and have messages,” said Ramesh Prasad Sharma, who heads Art Decorator, the firm awarded the task of making tableaux for departments such as forest and environment, tourism, drinking water and sanitation and mining.

Forest and environment department is making its tableau on Yuva Varsh, announced by former chief minister Arjun Munda for 2013. It will showcase how minor forest produce can halt migration of village youths.

Spiritual tourism is the focus of the tableau of tourism department.

The thrust of drinking water and sanitation department is on hygiene, while mining tableau stresses on environment safety.

“Our tableaux will showcase handloom industry and milk-based economy in an attractive and informative manner,” said Shankar Sharma, the agent preparing tableaux for Khadi Board and animal husbandry departments.

“One of our tableaux will depict the life and struggles of Birsa Munda while the other will show how villagers can get empowered by panchayati raj,” said Ganga Prasad, the agent who has bagged orders from information and public relations and panchayati raj departments.

Colourful tableaux, mounted on big lorries, are taken out for display on R-Day after the parade on Morabadi grounds is over. These unfailingly pull crowds — residents, particularly children and youths from the city as well as from outskirts and villages throng the grounds.

Will you catch Jharkhand’s R-Day tableau on television?