LIFE

Tableaux steal the show

Innovative: combining the past and the present

Innovative: combining the past and the present  

NOVEMBER 1, 1956, is a red letter day for the people of this region. It was on this day that the Kannada-speaking areas including the districts of Gulbarga, Raichur, and Bidar, which were part of the then Hyderabad State, were merged with their motherland, the then Mysore State.

The event is commemorated every year on Rajyotsava day with colourful cultural programmes. This year, young children from different schools of Gulbarga regaled the people of the city with their colourful presentation of historic events and various development activities.

The function was a grand affair with the usual pomp and style. The school children, dressed in their best, added glitter to the function. Particularly interesting were the tableaus.

Students of the Sharanabasaveshwar Residential Public School caught the attention of everybody with their tableau on the event of the President, A.P. J. Abdul Kalam, unveiling the statue of the 12th century social reformer, Basaveshwara, at the Parliament House. The boy dressed as Basaveshwara, sitting on a horse made out of clay, and his colleagues dressed up like Abdul Kalam and Vajpayee, were confidence personified. Two girls were dressed up as the Parliamentary Affairs Minister, Sushma Swaraj, and the Congress President, Ms Sonia Gandhi. Another boy was dressed to perfection to resemble the peetadhipathi of Sharanabasaveshwar Samasthan, Sharanabasavappa Appa, who took the initiative to install the statue of Basaveshwara in New Delhi. Other tableaux included those on Stree Shakti and Yeshashwini programmes.

By Sivanandan T.V.

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