Himachal To Showcase Traditional Art For Republic Day Parade

Shimla: After a gap of three years Himachal Pradesh tableau will be a part of the Republic Day parade this year at New Delhi. The tableau presents the wonderful traditional art form of Himachal Pradesh – The Chamba Rumal.

The Chamba Rumal is a traditional art of Himachal Pradesh and is a unique piece of gift to VVIPs visiting the state.

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In front of the tableau, a beautiful statue of a lady doing embroidery work on Chamba Rumal is depicted. The middle section of the tableau shows Raasleela – a dance performance of Radha and Lord Krishna along with Gopis showcasing the Kangra miniature art.

Women of Chamba engaged in traditional embroidery work on Chamba Rumal are also shown in this section. The big Millennium Gate of Chamba town adorns the rear portion of the tableau.

Chamba Rumal is the finest specimen of Pahari Art form that flourished in Chamba Town of Himachal Pradesh during 18th century. Hand woven satin cloth is embroidered with untwisted silken thread in double stitch that appears same on both sides known as ‘’ Dorukha ‘’. It is a common item of gift during marriages or celebrations with detailed patterns in bright and pleasing colour schemes. The most common themes inspired by Pahari Miniature Paintings on them are Krishna’s Raasleela, Chaupad, Shikaar and Mahabharata etc. The product has been registered for protection under Intellectual Property Rights Agreements in 2007.

Smt. Shashi Thakur Director Art Language and Culture who is in New Delhi to monitor the presentation informed that cultural troupes of Sirmour district will also be participating on 29th and 30th January in the ‘Bharat Parv’ celebrations at New Delhi. She said that due to sincere efforts of Smt Anuradha Thakur, Secretary Art Language and Culture, the tableau of Himachal Pradesh could make an appearance in the National level Republic Day Function which was a matter of pride for the state of Himachal Pradesh.

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