ITANAGAR, Jan 3 - The Arunachal Pradesh Government’s tableau themed ‘Peace Within’, depicting a serene and clean Arunachal village setting with a statue of Mahatma Gandhi in front, has been selected for the forthcoming parade in New Delhi on the occasion of the country’s 70th Republic Day.
The theme has been conceived in the context of the 150th birth anniversary of the Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi and as advised by experts of the Union Defence Ministry. Only 14 States and six Union ministries have been selected in the final selection meeting on December 26 in New Delhi following a series of meetings and presentations by all 29 States, seven Union Territories and various Union ministries.
The theme for all selected States and ministries has been ‘Gandhi Connect’ under which all competing States and ministries designed their respective themes.
As Gandhi said, “…when there is both inner and outer cleanliness, it approaches godliness”, the tableau of Arunachal Pradesh is based on peace and cleanliness in the serene State.
From the North East, only two States – Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim – will have the privilege to participate in this year’s Republic Day tableau parade. Since 1987, Arunachal Pradesh has been selected for a record 13 times in the final round for the tableau parade.
Arunachal had bagged the first position in the competition in 2017 at the national level when it presented the Yak dance, while it received a special award for fabrication in 2007 with the theme, ‘Harnessing Nature.’
For participation in the cultural presentation during the tableau parade, a team of 10 artistes of the Mon Kalaktang Culture Preservation Society in West Kameng district, along with Art and Culture officials from the State Information and Public Relations Department, led by art expert Dhruba Bhattacharjee will leave for New Delhi on January 8.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Pema Khandu, IPR Minister Bamang Felix, IPR Secretary Sonam Chombay, Special Secretary Himanshu Gupta and Director, IPR, Obang Tayeng have congratulated the Art and Exhibition Cell of the Department on their excellent achievement and conveyed their best wishes to the team for the Republic Day parade in New Delhi.