North-East India on the 65th Republic Day

New Delhi on Sunday, January 26, 2014, hosted the biggest spectacle of the year - the Republic Day parade. The parade witnessed  tableaus from Arunachal Pradesh, Assam and Meghalaya.
Arunachal Pradesh
Arunachal Pradesh tableau on 65th Republic Day of India
The tableau of Arunachal Pradesh depicted the Aji Lhamu dance – one of the most prominent folk dances of the state. The dance is for warding off the evil spirits.
Assam tableau on 65th Republic Day of India
This year's tableau is a tribute to Bhupen Hazarika, the Assamese legend with the golden voice.

The multifaceted genius was a lyricist, musician, singer, writer, poet and film-maker. His songs were marked by humanity and universal brotherhood and have been translated and sung in many languages, most notably in Bengali and Hindi. His songs, based on the themes of communal harmony, universal justice and empathy, are popular throughout the country and abroad.
Meghalaya tableau on 65th Republic Day of India
The theme of the tableau is arecanut -- a popular cash crop of Meghalaya.

Arecanut, tezpate, betel, short-staple cotton, jute, mesta, mustard and rapeseed are some of the important cash crops in the state. Arecanut, which is considered to be a native of Malaya, is basically a tropical plant that grows well in areas right from sea level upto an altitude of 500 m elevation.

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