Bhubaneswar, Jan 28 (LocalWire) Defence Minister Rajnath Singh awarded Odisha with the second position for its tableau with rich cultural heritage showcasing Lord Lingaraj’s Rukuna Ratha Jatra presented at the Rajpath at the 71st Republic Day parade in New Delhi.
He praised the beautiful scriptures of Rukuna Rathayatra.
Odisha Tableau displayed the Rukuna Ratha Jatra celebrated on Ashokastami followed by a big Nandi and 11th-century Lingaraj Temple. Eminent artist Gajendra Sahu designed this beautiful replica of Odisha’s rich culture.
Chatrapati Biswal and Tapan Moharana assisted him.
The tableau which rolled down the Rajpath with 30 Odissi dancers dancing to Shiva Stuti choreographed by Sunil Bala grabbed the attention across all corners and was highly praised by many.
A total 22 tableaux, out of which 16 from various states and Union Territories, and six from other ministries, departments, and the National Disaster Response Force presented their charm at the Rajpath.
Among the State Tableaux, Assam received the first position while Odisha and Uttar Pradesh secured the joint second position, as per the Defence official’s source.
Chhattisgarh, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, Uttar Pradesh and Karnataka were amongst the other participants in the parade.
Editing by Meenal Singh