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Wednesday, January 26, 2022
73rd Republic Day

As India celebrates Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav — the 75th year as an independent nation — culture played a leading role in the Republic Day parade. The Vande Bharatam Nritya Utsav saw participation in four categories: classical, folk, tribal and fusion/contemporary. A total of 480 dancers were selected from 3,870 in the all-India dance competition. The musical piece for the 12-minute performance was composed by Grammy Award-winning musician Ricky Kej, in collaboration with Oscar contender tabla player Bickram Ghosh. In an open gallery on either side of Rajpath, the National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA) showcased gigantic scrolls, each more than 750 metres long, painted by over 500 artists from across India.