The Centre rejects Kerala’s tableau for the Republic Day Parade on 26th January for the 2nd consecutive year. The tableau was accepted until the 3rd stage and was rejected in the 4th and 5th stages. The theme of the tableau that was put forth by the state was the representation of the architecture of Kerala, art and art forms of Theyyam and Kalamandalam.
Kerala is the fourth state whose tableau idea has been rejected by the Centre. Tableau proposals of Maharashtra, West Bengal and Bihar have also been rejected by the screening committee of the Defence Ministry for the coming Republic Day parade. A total of 22 tableaux have been shortlisted and finalised for this year’s parade, 16 from the states and union territories and 6 by the ministries and departments. The list of states that will showcase the tableaux in this year’s republic parade was released by the government, earlier today.
Kerala Law Minister, A.K. Balan called the decision of rejecting the tableau as “politically motivated.” He stated he does not understand why there is hatred towards Kathakali, Mohiniyatam and Chenda (drums). He was puzzled as to why a tableau depicting a states culture and essence of Kerala has to be stopped and wondered what crazy situations we are going into. He was certain that this situation wouldn’t occur without political interference and that no person with an aesthetic sense would reject Kerala’s tableau. He also said if this was a BJP tactic to strengthen their party in Kerala, they have already lost whatever support they have with this decision.
Other opposition leaders like Nawab Malik, Supriya Sule, Abhishek Manu Singhvi and Sanjay Raut have slammed the centre for the rejection.
The government at the centre stated that there is no hidden interest behind the rejection. The tableau proposals suggested by various states, union territories and ministries are evaluated by the Expert Committee constituting of prominent figures in art, painting, culture, music, choreography and sculpture. Tableaux of many BJP ruled states have also been rejected stated one of the sources. Jaya Prabha Menon, one of the experts in the Committee stated that Kerala’s design was rejected due to its repetitive design and that there is no political dimension to the decision.