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Bengal’s 2019 Republic Day tableau to highlight Mahatma Gandhi’s ties with the State

Bengal’s 2019 Republic Day tableau to highlight Mahatma Gandhi’s ties with the State

Kolkata, Jan 26 (UNI) This year, at the Republic Day parade in New Delhi, the theme of

the tableau sent by the state government is ‘Gandhi Ji in Santiniketan and Beliaghata’.

The whole concept was conceived by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.

Responding to the invitation of Rabindranath Tagore, Mahatma Gandhi had come to

Santiniketan in 1915, and stayed at the house named ‘Shyamali’.

On August 13, 1947 in an effort to quell communal riots in Kolkata, Gandhi ji had

started a 72-hour fast. He stayed at Hyderi Manzil during the time. On the day of

independence, August 15, Gandhi ji was on fast in Kolkata.

The tableau this year has a fibreglass model of Shyamali and various other models.

Ten artistes enacted the characters of Mahatma Gandhi and others on the tableau as

it rolled along Janpath.

In 2012, the theme was ‘Basantotsav’, as held in Santiniketan; in 2013, it was the

150th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda; in 2014, it was chhau dance of

Purulia; in 2016, it was the baul artistes of Bangla; and in 2017, it was ‘Sharodotsav’,

as the festival of Durga Puja is also known. Both in 2014 and 2016, the tableaus

had won the first prize.

Controversially, in 2015, the Centre did not allow the State’s internationally-feted

Kanyashree Scheme to be displayed as a tableau.

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