Raksha Mantri Smt Nirmala Sitharaman gave away Republic Day Parade 2018 best contingent and tableau awards at Rashtriya Rangshala Camp, Cariappa Parade Ground, Delhi Cantt on January 28, 2018.
Among the Three Services, Punjab Regiment Contingent was awarded the best marching contingent. Indo-Tibetan Border Police was awarded the best marching contingent among the para-military and other auxiliary forces.
A total of 23 tableaux, out of which 14 from States & Union Territories, two from Ministry of External Affairs depicting long socio-cultural, religious, educational and trade relations between India & ASEAN countries and the rest of the tableaux from other Ministries/Departments participated in this year's Republic Day Parade. Tableau from Maharashtra depicting coronation of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj was awarded the first prize. Tableau from Assam depicting traditional masks and sastras bagged the second prize. Tableau of Chhattisgarh, which depicted Ramgarh's ancient amphitheatre along with artistes performing dance, based on Kalidasa's Meghadootam, was awarded third prize.
In the category of tableaux representing Union Ministries/Departments, the best tableau award was given to Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports for depicting 'Khelo India'.
In the category of school children items, South Central Zone Cultural Centre, Nagpur (Maharashtra) performing 'Baredi Dance' from Madhya Pradesh was awarded the first prize. However, North East Zone Cultural Centre, Dimapur (Nagaland) and Oxford Foundation School, Najafgarh, Delhi were awarded consolation prizes for performing Sangrai Mog Dance of Tripura and Shikshit Bharat, Shashakt Bharat dance respectively.
pix: GD Mehra and Sushil Kumar