The tableau for Delhi during the 26 January Republic Day Parade portrayed the city’s diverse culture owing to its inhabitants coming from different backgrounds and as the country’s hub for performing and fine arts.
‘Divided in two portions, the front of the tableau represented a dance form with Mudra, with a statue of a Kathak dancer and alongside was an amalgamation of traditional and modern musical instrument,’ said designer Bibhuti Adhikary at the Rashtriya Rangshala Camp here.
The rear portion of the tableau built on the theme of cultural diversity. A live pop band represented the contemporary trends and larger-than-life figures depicted puppet art and theatre.
‘Our song was a mix of classical, folk and Sufi owing to the popularity of Sufi music which has grown tremendously in recent times,’ said Zaman, guitarist of the band Astitva.
Hence, figures depicting Sufi dancers against the backdrop of Old Fort, which of late has hosted many cultural events, found a place on the tableau as well.