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R-Day: Designer Sandhya Raman bowls over every heart with her designed costumes

This was the first time the Ministry of Culture had appointed experts in their respective fields to bring about a cultural potpourri out in play in the most contemporary outlook ever.

Sharbani Banerjee | New Delhi |

As India celebrated its 73rd Republic Day this year with colours as vibrant as the rainbow and as rich as India’s heritage, the designer Sandhya Raman with decades of experience in clothing artists, especially dancers, was called in as the creative visualiser of the showcase.

As almost 500 artists sashayed through Rajpath depicting cultures and folk performances across the length and breadth of India, they showcased unity and diversity with an undertone and pride of being this young nation with a potential to make its mark on the globe.

This was the first time the Ministry of Culture had appointed experts in their respective fields to bring about a cultural potpourri out in play in the most contemporary outlook ever.

While Sandhya Raman designed the whole segment and the attires worn by the performers, eminent choreographers like Rani Khanum (Classical), Santosh Nair (Fusion and contemporary), Maitrryee Pahari (Folk) and Tejaswini Sathe (Fusion and contemporary) worked relentlessly to choreograph these pieces. The music and melodies were composed by Ricky Kej and Bickram Ghosh and the soul of the poetry was recited by Ashok Chakradhar.

As Sandhya sculpted the giant peacock – a symbol of India’s pride and honour, she made it carry the message loud and clear that India holds its head high and wears all its different communities, religions, cultures and diversity as a crown on its head.

Weaving into one sequence after another in reverse order of the colours of the rainbow, every performer on Rajpath seamlessly fit into the jigsaw completing the whole spectrum into a marvellous display not just showcasing unity, culture and tradition but also the zeal that the new generation binds itself closely and spiritually to a sentiment called ‘India’.

When asked why Sandhya Raman chose to use the colours of the rainbow, she said, “The rainbow is exactly what we are! We are diverse, different in every way yet we hold each other close to our hearts across all our customs and religions. At this moment in our lives this very message needs to be made evident that no matter what when the term Secular and Sovereign were added to the constitution, it was done so for a reason. And that very reason is why we celebrate Republic Day, the day that gave us our precious constitution which has the best elements of all the countries put together.”

The attempt made by the Government of India stays true to their goal of bringing out indigenous talent – fresh and seasoned – out on every satellite screen and makes the message loud and clear that India is a promising and emerging nation way beyond the worldly ranks.

Sandhya has been a textile revivalist, visualiser and cultural curator Nationally and Internationally. Sandhya Raman has won many awards and adulations.

“This is a wonderful step by the Ministry of Culture to collaborate with professionals of creative fields. This is a great help to the artists across India,” said Sandhya.