Mrunal Manmay Dash

After getting rejected for three consecutive years, Odisha tableau may finally be seen rolling on Kartavya Path on Republic Day this year.

As per reports, the tableau model designed by eminent sculptor Kirti Kishore Maharana and painter Gajendra Sahu was sent to the selection panel.

The tableau model sported the Raghurajpur craft village and messages of women empowerment. The tableau will also have a Sambalpuri song to go along with it. It was reportedly appreciated in the selection meeting making it highly likely to be accepted for this year’s parade.

Sources said that out of all the 20 tableaus sent for approval, Odisha is at the third place. However, the final selection is yet to be made.

Painter Gajendra Sahu said, “We have got an indication that out model might get selected for the parade. All the members in the selection panel highly appreciated it. They also liked the Sambalpuri song. There has been a slight change in the song, which was requested by the selection panel to bring it to them in the next phase meeting on January 4.”

“This is really something to be proud of. People of Odisha have been experiencing disappointment for the last three years. I hope our tableau will definitely be selected this year,” Sahu hoped.

Tableaux are an important part of the Republic Day parade every year as they display the diverse culture and traditions of Indian States and Union Territories when the parade passes on the Kartavya Path.

The selection of tableaux is a well-established process that involves an expert committee comprising eminent persons from various disciplines such as art, culture, painting, sculpture, music, architecture, choreography, and so on. The panel of experts is directed by the Ministry of Defence. Though the government receives proposals from almost all the states and Union Territories, they are evaluated in a series of meetings by the expert committee