Odisha receives award for second best tableau

New Delhi: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday gave away awards and prizes related to the Republic Day 2020 here.

Assam was adjudged the best tableau among the 16 states/union territories tableaux that participated in the Republic Day Parade at Rajpath on January 26.

The tableau of Assam was based on the theme ‘Land of Unique Craftsmanship and Culture’.

Tableaux of Odisha and Uttar Pradesh were named joint-second best.

The tableau of Odisha displayed the famous Rukuna Ratha Yatra of Lord Lingaraja worshipped as both Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu in a sixth-century built temple named ‘Lingaraj Temple’ at Bhubaneswar.

The tableau of Uttar Pradesh mirrored the cultural and religious tourism of the state with the theme ‘Sarva Dharma Sama Bhav’.

Among the six tableaux from different ministries/departments, Ministry of Jal Shakti and National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) won the joint best Tableaux award.

The Ministry of Jal Shakti tableau had showcased the Government’s new initiative ‘Jal Jeevan Mission’ which aims to provide functional household tap connection to every rural household by 2024 – Har Ghar Jal.

In line with its motto ‘Aapda Sewa Sadaiv’, the tableau of NDRF showcased the force’s successful and illustrious journey of humanitarian service in natural and man-made disasters.

 The tableau of Central Public Works Department (CPWD), with the theme ‘Kashmir se Kanyakumari’, bagged the special prize for showcasing different parts of the country decorated with colourful and fragrant flowers.

The Defence Minister gave the award of best cultural performance to the children of Sarvodaya Kanya Vidyalaya, B-Block, Janakpuri, New Delhi. The children displayed a colourful performance on the theme ‘Mharo Rang Rangilo Rajasthan’. The consolation prize was given to the children of West Zone Cultural Centre, Udaipur who presented Garba, the folk dance of Gujarat.