J&K Tableau artists call on President

New Delhi, Jan 27: Day after the Republic Day Parade where they received applause from the audience, J&K Tableau artists called on President, Pranab Mukherji here today and presented a cultural programme.
 The group comprised 25 artists from the three regions of the State who formed the part of the Tableau presented by the State at Saturday’s RD parade. The artists, in traditional costumes presented a traditional song and dance sequence related with festivity and celebration.
 An official statement said the President appreciated the performance of the artists who later had a group photograph with him.
 J&K was one of the only four states, out of 14 that presented their tableaux at the RD parade on Saturday, chosen for a cultural programme presentation at the Rashtarpati Bhawan this year. Others include Odisha, UP, Jarkhand and Chhatisgarh.
 The artists of J&K will call on Vice President, Hamid Ansari, on Monday. Earlier, they had called on Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh on Thursday.
 The theme of the Tableau was ‘Blending Tradition with Technology’. It depicted the processes of Pashmina making with special focus on the technological breakthrough achieved by the scientists at Sher-i-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences & Technology, Kashmir by cloning the world’s first Pashmina goat, Noori. The breakthrough has created exciting opportunities that combine tradition and technology.
 A contingent of about two dozen artists from the three regions of the State - Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh – dressed in colourful traditional costumes walked with the Tableau down the Raj Path while some of them performed on the 45-feet long Tableau.
 The Tableau-front displayed a massive embroidered Pashmina shawl passed through a ring. The middle portion showed scientists working in laboratory to clone Noori and artisans performing different processes of shearing, de-haring, spinning yarn on traditional spinning wheels and producing exquisite Pashmina shawls on handlooms. The rear of the Tableau presented a colourful display of finished shawls and buyer-seller activity.
 The theme of the Tableau is selected by the State Tableaux Committee headed by the Chief Secretary. Other members of the Committee include Financial Commissioner, Finance, Principal Secretaries, Planning and Home, Commissioner/Secretary, Tourism & Culture, Secretary, General Administration Department and Secretary, J&K Academy of Art, Culture & Languages.

Lastupdate on : Sun, 27 Jan 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Sun, 27 Jan 2013 18:30:00 GMT
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