NEW DELHI, Jan 26 (PTI): Constitution architect B R Ambedkar's legacy, Mahatma Gandhi's crusade for freedom in Bihar's Champaran, an art university in Chhattisgarh and Swachh Bharat and Digital India campaigns were among the themes for this year's Republic Day tableaux that wowed the crowd at the majestic Rajpath today.
A total of 23 tableaux were on display at the ceremonial parade with 17 of them belonging to various states and Union Territories.
Goa's tableau was the first among the states to roll down the boulevard themed on its Jagor folk dance. Gujarat was next to follow, showcasing the rare natural abode of Asiatic lions in Gir.
Sikkim and Jammu and Kashmir were next in line, with the latter's float portraying rural development through technology.
Rajasthan's vivid replicas of Hawa Mahal drew loud cheers as spectators were left in awe with exquisite craftsmanship.
Chandigarh depicted the 'City Beautiful' designed by legendary architect Le Corbusier which also carried its circular portrait on its side and models of his famed creations of the capital city.
Six tableaux from Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, New and Renewable energy, Drinking Water and Sanitation, Communication and IT, Panchayati Raj and Election Commission also found their place in the ceremonial parade.
Among other states which registered their presence included Assam, Tripura, Odisha, West Bengal, showcasing the Baul music tradition, Madhya Pradesh's white tiger safari, Uttar Pradesh's zardozi heritage, Karnataka and Uttarakhand.
The Bihar tableau showcased Gandhi's fight against the indigo system in Motihari in Champaran district that led the foundation for his greater role as the man who brought his country to freedom from the yokes of imperialism.
The tableau had model of the SDO court where the Mahatma was tried during his visit there in 1917 and the trial was also depicted in relief at the rear of the side portion of the float.
Chhattisgarh showcased a model of Kahiragarh Music and Art University as its theme, and the mock-up of the red building drew cheers from the crowd.
However, there was no tableau from Delhi for the third consecutive year.
The tableau of Gujarat depicted rare and exotic varieties along with the Sidi community settled in the Gir forest, performing their traditional dance. Similarly, the Tamil Nadu presented the lifestyle, appearance, manners and customs of Toda tribe of Nilgiri district, one of the six primitive tribal groups of the state.