After 3 years, Delhi hopes for a spot in Republic Day parade next year

The department has invited tenders from “experienced parties to conceptualise, design... and display a tableau of government during Republic Day parade 2017”.

Written by Pragya Kaushika | New Delhi | Updated: October 2, 2016 5:00 am
School Children perform at the Republic Day parade in the capital New Delhi on tuesday. Express Photo by Tashi Tobgyal New Delhi 260116 School Children perform at the Republic Day parade. Express Photo by Tashi Tobgyal

For three years now, the Delhi government has missed its spot in the Republic Day parade which showcases the historical, ethnic and cultural vibrancy of various states. Next year, however, things are likely to change with the Department of Arts and Culture deciding to showcase the AAP government’s policies in form of tableau, if it gets shortlisted by the Centre.

This is the first time that the task of finalising the tableau has been given to the department along with the Sahitya Kala Parishad.

The department has invited tenders from “experienced parties to conceptualise, design… and display a tableau of government during Republic Day parade 2017”.

Sources said the theme of the tableau should be shortlisted from one of the many achievements of the AAP government — “mohalla clinics, reaching, water portability and supply of the water to every area of Delhi, model government schools, cleaning of Yamuna and Yamuna Arti, Dr Kalam’s Memorial and igniting the youth — or any other theme highlighting the government’s achievements”.

Minister of Arts and Culture Kapil Mishra, however, said the tableau would have a mix of all the themes. “We should not miss any opportunity to showcase the vibrancy of the city. We have done some brilliant work and they need to be showcased. The tender has been finalised today and a presentation before the Centre is scheduled for October 5. We are very hopeful that Delhi will have its own tableau this Republic Day,” he said.

As the tableau is designed on a tractor and trailer provided by the Ministry of Defence, the tender states that “the successful bidder has to keep this aspect in mind while preparing the design to be presented before the Central Expert Committee”. “The number of performers on the tableau should not exceed 10,” it adds.

The last time Delhi had a tableau for the Republic Day parade was in 2013, when the theme was ‘The cultural hub of the country’.

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