New Delhi: Bengal government’s theme for the tableau for this year’s Republic Day Parade in New Delhi was Sharod Utsav. The theme showcased how people from all communities in Bengal participate and rejoice during the biggest festival of the state, Durga Puja.
There was an idol of Goddesses Durga at one end of the tableau and artists from different areas starting from the hills to Sunderbans performing their traditional forms of dances to symbolise how each and everyone in the state turns to be the part of Sharod Utsav.
All the artists, who will be performing in the parade, are receiving the financial assistance of the state government under Lok Prashar Scheme. The state government provides financial assistance to 80,000 folk artists in the state that helped to revive many art forms which would have gone extinct.
Women dhakis mainly from North 24-Parganas played dhaks on the tableau. The rhythmic beat of dhaks is an integral part of Durga Puja. Traditional dancers from Darjeeling and folk dancers from Midnapore also performed on the tableau.
Bengal was awarded twice earlier for the being the best tableau in the Republic Day Parade. In 2014, the tableau that was based on the Chhau Dance of the state had won the prize and again in 2016, the state’s tableau was awarded the first prize