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New Delhi : School children from four Delhi schools and Folk artists from East Zonal Cultural Centre, Kolkata,  will take part in the cultural programme during the Republic Day Parade to be held at Rajpath on January 26, 2021.

Ministry of Defence and Directorate of Education, Government of NCT of Delhi, have selected 401 students and artists – 271 girls and 131 boys – from DTEA Senior Secondary Schools, Delhi; Mount Abu Public School, Rohini, Delhi; Vidya Bharti School, Rohini, Delhi; Government Girls Senior Secondary School, B-2, Yamuna Vihar, Delhi and Eastern Zonal  Cultural Centre, Kolkata.

AATMA Nirbhar Bharat: Vision for a Self Reliant India is the theme of Mount Abu Public School, Delhi and Vidya Bharti School,  Delhi, in which 38 boys and 54 girls will participate.

102 students of Government Girls Senior Secondary School, Delhi  will present a programme on the theme “ Hum Fit  toh India Fit” inspired by the Fit India Movement launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on National Sports Day on August 29, 2019.  127 children from DTEA Senior Secondary Schools, Delhi, will showcase folk dances of Tamil Nadu in their traditional attires. 80 folk artists of Eastern Zonal Cultural Centre, Kolkata, will present the folk dance Bajasal from  Kalahandi, Odisha.

During a press preview held on January 13, 2021, the young participants expressed their happiness to be part of Republic Day Parade. They said  they were overwhelmed with a sense of pride as they have got a chance to showcase their talent before important dignitaries on Rajpath, according to a PIB release.

The number of participating children and folk artists have been cut down to 400 this year compared to more than 600 last year, in view of the Covid-19 restrictions.