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Mysuru rosewood elephant leads South India's only Republic tableau

Monday, January 17, 2022

Karnataka's 'The Cradle of Traditional Handicrafts’ is the only tableau chosen from South India during the 73rd Republic Day parade on Rajpath in New Delhi on January 26.

The float will feature all the traditional handicrafts that have earned the Geographical Indication (GI) tag.

The tableau will have a model of the Asiatic elephant depicting the Mysuru rosewood inlay carving in the front, along with ivory carvings. The float will also feature traditional Bidariware and bronze sculptures.

The central part of the tableau will have Kinhal wooden craft along with toys from Channapatna.

Intricate carvings in Sandalwood will also be displayed. At the rear end, the tableau will feature a bust of Kamaladevi - acclaimed freedom fighter and social reformer Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay, hailed as the ‘Mother of Traditional Handicrafts in India’ - draped in Molakalmur silk saree and holding all the artefacts in a bamboo tray. The tableau will also feature the famous Ilakal sarees.

Kamaladevi was a Kannadiga and revived the traditional handicrafts industry in India by setting up the Crafts Council of India, the Handicrafts Board and other cultural bodies at the national level.

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