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BENGALURU: Permitted to showcase its tableau at the Republic Day parade after a bitter controversy, Karnataka now has to race against time to prepare its tableau on the theme of ‘Naari Shakti’ (women power).
As per the directions issued by the ministry of defence (MoD), the state government should keep its tableau ready by January 19 in all respects barring a few minor corrections. Facing an uphill task, the government has deployed a 50-member team to put things in place as quickly as possible amid the freezing cold in New Delhi.
Government sources told TOI that Karnataka had presented the MoD with two themes – Naari Shakti and millet diversity. The ministry chose the former for presentation during the parade on January 26.
PS Harsha, commissioner, department of information and public relations (DIPR), said efforts are on to complete the tableau in record time and a team of artists and technicians has been mobilised and stationed in New Delhi. “Working on the tableau within this short period is indeed a herculean task. As soon as we got permission, we held a meeting with the chief minister, chief secretary and other officials to chalk out a plan to complete the work within the scheduled duration. The initial and major challenge is to sculpt the concept, which itself takes a lot of time. Nevertheless, we are working overtime to complete the tableau and are confident of completing the task with the best quality,” Harsha said.
The tableau will feature three women Padma awardees – Saalumarada Thimmakka, Tulsi Gowda, and Sulagitti Narasamma – who have contributed in their own way to nation-building.
“While the statue of Narasamma will be at the front, that of Tulsi Gowda attending to saplings will be in the middle, followed by Thimmakka with her children (trees). Given the compact schedule, we are also thinking of tweaking the design to suit the time frame. Artists and technicians led by the award-winning artist Shashidhar Adapa are working tirelessly on the concept. The music for the tableau has been scored by D Praveen Rao, keeping in mind some of the state’s popular folk music tunes,” a senior DIPR official said.




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