Bihar to showcase Bhagalpuri silk at R-day parade

Patna: Bihar's renowned Bhagalpuri silk will get pride of place at the state's tableau for the Republic day parade in New Delhi on January 26, officials said today.

The Defence ministry's expert committee approved the tableau portraying Bhagalpuri silk from Bihar along with tableaux from 12 other states, they said.

The Bihar tableau will depict the whole gamut of silk production right from the larva stage of the silk worm to boiling and treating of the cocoon, drying, spinning of the yarn and weaving it into thread by women, weaving of the cloth on loom by men and dyeing.

"This, incidentally, is the third consecutive year that Bihar has found favour with the Defence ministry for its R-Day tableau. Between 2001 and 2007, Bihar did not qualify to display its tableau at the national carnival," state Information and Public Relations department secretary Rajesh Bhushan said.

The department has conceptualised the whole exercise. "This year, we decided to showcase on the national canvas Bhagalpur silk, which is synonymous with Bihar. We hope it will also provide an impetus to the trade," Bhushan said. The IPRD has hired the services of New Delhi-based Apex Art in New Delhi to fabricate the tableau. It is being readied at a cost of Rs 11.92 lakh, he said.