Mumbai: Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Sunday hailed the efforts of the team which designed the tableau showcasing the coronation of Chattrapati Shivaji Maharaj at the Republic Day Parade at the Rajpath, which bagged the first prize.
The Chief Minister took to Twitter and said it was a ge3at news and a proud moment for all those who were involved in preparing the tableau.
Maharashtra’s Tableau on Coronation Ceremony of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj at #RepublicDay Parade wins the 1st prize!
Congratulations to entire team who worked hard and achieved this !
जय भवानी, जय शिवाजी...!
जय महाराष्ट्र...! pic.twitter.com/Uws7DHgk2o
— Devendra Fadnavis (@Dev_Fadnavis) January 28, 2018
While the tableau from Maharashtra won the first prize, Assam's tableau on traditional masks of the Satras bagged the second prize.
The tableau of Chhattisgarh, which depicted Ramgarh's ancient amphitheatre in addition to artists performing a dance based on Kalidasa's 'Meghadootam', was awarded the third prize.
The awards to the winning teams were presented by Union Defence Minister Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman presented at an event in the national capital.
Among the three military services, the contingent from the Army's Punjab Regiment was awarded the best marching contingent trophy, while the Indo-Tibetan Border Police team won the best marching contingent prize among the para-military and other auxiliary forces.
In the category of tableaux representing Union ministries and departments, the best tableau award went to the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports.
The tableau depicted 'Khelo India', the national programme for the development of sports.
Fourteen states and Union Territories had presented their tableaux at the Republic Day Parade at the Rajpath on Friday, depicting the country's rich art and cultural heritage.
Nine central ministries and departments, as well as central paramilitary forces, had also presented their tableaux.
Among performances by schoolchildren, South Central Zone Cultural Centre's 'Baredi Dance' (from Madhya Pradesh) was awarded the first prize.
(With PTI inputs)