THERE WILL be no Chandigarh tableau at the Republic Day parade in 2017 at Rajpath in New Delhi as the UT Administration has not sent an entry. The reason: It failed to conceptualise a theme for the tableau.
As per norms, states\Ts willing to participate in the parade have to send proposed theme of their tableau to the national panel of the Ministry of Defence (MoD). The best 25 themes from across the country, including states and ministries, showcasing India’s cultural diversity and military might, are picked.
For the past two years, the department of tourism has been entrusted with the responsibility of conceptualising the theme. Last year, the department had roped Bheem Sain Malhotra, assistant professor-in-Art in Chandigarh College of Architecture (CCA) and his team of students for working on the tableau, which got selected. However, this year the department did not take assistance from any expert.
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For selecting a theme, the department of tourism put in half-hearted efforts by holding two round of meetings under chairmanship of UT director tourism Jatinder Yadav in which theme of Solar City and Smart City was discussed. When contacted, UT home secretary-and-secretary tourism said he had not received any communication from the department seeking approval for a theme of tableau.
UT director tourism Jatinder Yadav said Chandigarh being a small city, options were limited. “Chandigarh has excelled in solar power. Initially, we were thinking of making it our theme, but had to drop it as the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) will also be sending same the theme,” said Yadav. He said they would make efforts towards taking part in the Republic Day parade in 2018.
So far, tableau of Chandigarh participated in the Republic Day function on four occasions, of which on two occasions, the theme was Rock Garden.
In 2016, the tableau highlighting Chandigarh’s architecture, elements of green and smart city took part in the parade. However, it failed to reflect the essence of the city make an impression. In 2015, the ministry of defence had rejected both the themes – works of Le Corbusier and Rose Festival – proposed by the administration for its tableau.
It was in 2014 that the tableau of Chandigarh depicting Rock Garden — a sculpture garden created by Nek Chand — participated in the parade after a gap of 13 years. Prior to that, all the proposals mooted by the administration failed to impress the national panel.
The states with best tableau get awarded from the Centre.