Odisha Tableau Wins Second Prize In R-Day Parade

Bhubaneswar: In a proud moment for Odisha, the Rukuna Rath Yatra tableau staged by the state has been judged as the second best at the 71st Republic Day Parade in New Delhi.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh will hand over the award to state representatives at a special ceremony in Delhi on Tuesday, officials said.

Artist Gajendra Sahoo, who created the tableau, other artists along with state government officials will receive the award on behalf of Odisha.

Odisha’s tableau comprised a stunning replica of the Lingaraj temple, Nandi (the divine bull) and the Rukuna Rath Yatra. Several artists from Odisha had also performed alongside the tableau as it rolled down the parade.

Officials said the winning announcement was made during a ceremony at Rashtriya Rangshala Camp in Delhi on Monday. While Assam was declared the winner, Uttar Pradesh took the third spot.

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