Why the 2022 Republic Day Parade is a cultural game-changer

Last year, when Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Uttarakhand, he announced
that the coming decade will be the decade of the state. On the
73rd Republic Day of India occasion PM Modi known for wearing
symbolic headgear of different states and cultures, on the Republic
and Independence Days, wore an Uttarakhand cap. The cap bore a
representative brooch brahmakamal — the sacred flower found in Uttarakhand
(and Himachal Pradesh). the brahmakamal is the state flower of Uttarakhand
and synonymous with the Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve. It is offered to
the deities in Devboomi.

the brahmakamal was a prominent feature in the Uttarakhand chart
in 2021 which stood out for its portrayal of Shri Kedarnath Dham and
The Nandi of Shiva, as well as the monal and musk deer. PM Modi himself
offer the brahmakamal when he visits Shri Kedarnath Dham. the brahmakamal-inspired brooch on a cap from Uttarakhand seemed
build a symbolic combination with the hill state chart this year.

The flower enriches the region which is visited by Sikh and Hindu devotees for pilgrimage to Gurudwara Hemkund Sahib and Shri Badrinath Dham. These are the two religious sites that have been depicted on the Uttarakhand chart this year. The central part of the painting from Uttarakhand depicted the Dobra Chanti Bridge – India’s longest carriageable single-lane suspension bridge built over Lake Tehri.

All of these seemed to combine a response to Modi’s attention
towards Uttarakhand, which weaves on its emotion of pilgrimage
and religious centers in the hills state, and development. These two
aspects and everything around them serves as the basis for its
vision towards the promise of the “Uttarakhand Decade”.

Along with the Uttarakhandi cap, he wore a stole woven in Manipur.

This year’s Republic Day Parade in Rajpath marked the way the PM
The government led by Modi and the ministries leading the celebrations and
contributing to facets of creative expression on Rajpath, have
heightened, energized, sharpened, sculpted and evolves the presentation.

It is as if the government led by Narendra Modi passes a piece of sandpaper over the script and minutes of the DR celebration, making the finest layers of cultural diversity appear and reveal from within , storytelling, regional pride and state representation. Maturity has taken hold, its nascent imprints, in the cultural facets of the Parade. Visual messages are crisper, even impactful. Rajpath seemed expanded for a pan-Indian voice for a global narrative in those tail minutes that gave the parade the dances of different states.

The Armed Forces, the CAPF and the Ministry of Defence, together, as
each year, are the only hero of this year’s parade.

Here are the highlights that point to a game-changing approach:

1) Curation and theater in the sky: The cockpit view and aerial shots of the action in the sky during the flypast at the end of the parade marked the splendid start to a heroic storytelling scripted on paper and staged above the tablecloth. of clouds.

An insider’s view of how the Rafale, Sukhoi, Jaguar, Mi-17, Sarang, Apache and their congeners start and flow above the flyover was previously left to word-heavy descriptions that journalists managed to write about details and facts that came from those in the know and those guiding and conducting the flyover.

This time the birds told their own story.

Cameras on the ground and in the air worked like orchestra conductors – going off on one note, catching another, at different speeds, rhythms and pitches in brilliant snippets of curation-inspired footage before the flyover reaches Rajpath.

‘Netra’, ‘Tiranga’, ‘Trishul’ and ‘Varuna’ and other formations seen where they bud and are born – is art in itself. Rafale, Sukhoi, Jaguar, Mi-17, Sarang, Apache and Dakota planes, the instruments of art.

The fact that the art was used on a day when India showcases its military pride, strengths and heritage turned the flyover into a working storyline.

Every village and corner of India could see how planes were flying up these footage from Tiranga. The self-evolving script.

2) Dances at the end of the Parade were a departure from the
presentations from previous years. This presentation was ripe,
more pleasing to the eyes and ears, and represented cultural aspects
and traditions of different states and regions.

The Ministry of Culture contributed to this change. Dance presentations selected through a competition under the cultural facets of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav were presented at Rajpath. They merged to give pan-Indian insight.

Kathak presented to Rajpath. This happened a week after Pandit Birju
Maharaj – the powerhouse of the classic art form, has passed away. The tribute wasn’t planned that way, but it definitely turned out that way.

Folk and forest stories, percussion, rediscovered footwork
the platform that matters. It is a start towards what can be thematically richer through the dimensions of Indian performing arts, sounds, musicality, musical instruments and people.

3) Arunachal Pradesh and Gujarat paintings — winners in storytelling, visual audacity, aesthetics, sound and portrayal of people.

The painting from Arunachal Pradesh echoes the history of indigenous resistance to the British in a moving parallel to the history of Gujarat. He featured the Anglo-Abor (Adi) wars. Watch the beautiful coincidence here. Two states – one in the west and one in the northeast – tell two different stories under one theme.

Brave stories of forest dwellers who defended their communities against the British against all odds. The sound of gunshots leading to a small rendition of folk voices – wanting to be heard.

Let’s be honest and admit that these stories wouldn’t have come out for kids and adults – in the same boldness and visual daring if they hadn’t been under a compelling theme for the Republic Day parade. These stories are not found in Indian school children’s history books. They have reached home and heart. Do you still want to doubt or debate the cultural power that state tables hold?

4) Meghalaya painting marked 50 years of the state in a
dreamlike depiction of women’s lives, livelihoods and contribution to the sahkarita aandolan. The painting, for this author, becomes the whetstone for telling stories using simplicity and the material which is the natural heritage, which is the character, which is the Northeast.

the Haldi/turmeric in the front part of the painting, bamboo stumps, the
yellow color, the rolled-up floor mats moving up and down, the woven basket – rotating – as if to reflect the chakra time, work and hard work; the diversity of weaves, — the strengths and their breathtaking presence.

5) the fond farewell in Virat – the trusted courier and special horse among the President’s Bodyguard (PBG) team – of President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Modi and Raksha Mantri Rajnath Singh was a moment that ended in a unseen emotion in the final moments of the military and cultural display might.

Virat retired after participating 13 times in the RD Parade. The brave warriors of Bharat of the past defeated the saddled and mounted invaders and aggressors Ashvashakti. In a new and resurgent India, Virat’s presence on Rajpath linked the past to the present. The PBG courier, better known as “The Charger,” has received accolades for his exceptional service and ability. His farewell to Rajpath, with PM Modi softly landing on his body, is a sight that could have crept into the minds and hearts of children who watched the parade today.

6) On the 125th anniversary of the birth of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, Prime Minister Modi paid tribute to India’s brave soldiers standing in front of the newly merged jyoti — the flame at the National War Memorial which became one with the Amar Jawan Jyoti. The meanings and movement of this flame will today and forever be stronger than rebuke as the celebration of Netaji reclaims its space.

seven) The Presence of Haryana Sportsmen on the status board. A lesson in how to make inspiration real, solid, representative, local, global and, well, spectacular. Ek aur lath gaadh diya.

This celebration of the Republic Day Parade was a start towards a future that will demand creative diversity and not just regional representation in Rajpath. Whether you give PM Modi credit or not, he managed to make another significant cultural intervention.

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