Written by Naina Mahajan, a grade 6 student.
The Republic Day celebrations in India are wonderfully extravagant and are a source of great enjoyment to people all around the country. The biggest parade happens every year in New Delhi, with tableaux displayed from the military, as well as different states; with the overall number being 21.
Every year, there is a theme provided for the tableaux which will be showcased in the parade, and all the entries must comply with it. This year, the themes are India@75 – Freedom Struggle, Actions @ 75, and Resolve @ 75, meant to pay tribute to the 75th year of India’s independence.
So, how are those beautiful tableaux selected, and who oversees the selection?
A special panel of experts, whose actions are overseen by the Ministry of Defence, are responsible for the choosing of the tableaux. They consist of renowned Individuals from various fields of art, culture, painting, sculpture, music, architecture, choreography and so forth.
Any tableaux proposals submitted by the various states, Union territories, central ministries and departments are deeply and thoroughly evaluated throughout a series of discussions by the committee.
According to the Defence Ministry, “The expert committee examines the proposals on the basis of theme, concept, design and its visual impact before making its recommendations.”
The method of selection
The selection process has numerous steps of evaluation and consideration.
It begins with an initial appraisal of the various sketches or designs submitted to them, as well as the themes of the display. It concludes after various exchanges between the expert committee and the participants, after assessing three-dimensional models of each tableau.
At each stage of the selection, there is some amount of elimination and shortlisting done.
In the initial level of selection, the outline and design of the entries are deeply analysed, and any suggestions warranted, are provided, to conduct the alterations in the design or sketch.
Once the various outlines are approved by the committee, the participants are required to present three-dimensional models of their exhibits. Nevertheless, passing on to this stage of selection does not guarantee participation in the parade.
The three-dimensional models presented are further scrutinised by the committee for the final selection, depending on a range of factors of consideration.
The process usually ranges over a period of about six to seven rounds of collaborations over various days.
The factors based on which selection is done include visual attraction, impact on the masses, idea, theme, music, and the level of detail involved in the tableau, among others.
Rules for the design and planning
The Ministry of Defence lays down certain general rules and guidelines which the entries must comply to.
The components of the tableau
A single tractor and trailer are provided free of charge by the Ministry of Defence to build the tableau. The participants are not allowed to use any additional vehicles apart from these. However, there is no opposition to the use of any other vehicles instead of the trailer and tractor. The sponsoring authorities must arrange these.
There should be as much movement, sound, and vigour on the tableau as possible.
Considering the rise in COVID-19 cases, the number of performers on the tableaux will be restricted, and none are allowed to perform on the tractor part.
Only traditional folk dances, music, musical instruments, costumes etc. may be used.
The sketch submitted should clearly show how the tractor will be used or camouflaged as part of the theme.
Any writing or the use of logos is not allowed, excepting the state’s/UT’s name written in Hindi in front, English at the back, and the regional languages on either side.
These are the main rules for the tableaux, although there are many practical details that also must be complied with.
This year, the states’ tableaux that have been rejected are Tamil Nadu, Kerala, and West Bengal.
Well, now you know the kind of work and planning that goes into the tableaux. Hopefully, the Parade will be more interesting now.