Colourful Dances to be Performed by School Children on Republic Day – 2016

Colourful Dances to be Performed by School Children on Republic Day – 2016 
About 600 boys and girls are taking part in this year’s Republic Day Celebrations with three items from Directorate of Education, Govt. of Delhi and one item from South Central Zone Cultural Centre, Nagpur. 

160 students of Shiksha Bharti Public School, Dwarka are presenting the colourful dance of ‘Dharti Dhora Ree’ in which there is a description of uniqueness of Rajasthan and the spirit of bravery. The scholars and historians have always praised the land of Rajasthan and its bravery. Whenever there is an urge on country’s honour, dignity and pride, the brave soldiers of Rajasthan always proved themselves, ready for sacrificing their lives in the name of holy soil of their motherland.

Dalkhai is a famous folk dance of Sambalpur and Baragarh districts of Western Odisha. Dalkhai folk dance is mostly performed by tribal young girls and boys of these districts. The word Dalkhai is addressed to the Goddess ‘Dalkhai’ and through this dance young girls pray to the goddess for a suitable and handsome match for themselves. This dance depicts the culture and tradition of tribal girls. 140 girls of combined schools (Sarvodaya Kanya Vidyalaya (SKV) No. 1 and 3 and Rajkiya Pratibha Vikas Vidyalaya), Gandhi Nagar, Delhi – 31 will present this dance on Rajpath.

The Songi Mukhawate dance of Maharastra is an integral part of the worship of Devi at the time of Chaitra Purnima. This festival is celebrated after the Holi. This dance is performed while holding sticks in their hands. The message of ‘Victory of Good over Evil’ is given through this dance. 155 boys and girls of South Central Zone Cultural Centre, Nagpur will take part in the dance programme.

Over the centuries, the holy Ganga, the elixir of life has nurtured the life in Indian Subcontinent. In this modern era, the sacred Ganga has lost its pristine qualities due to ignorance, greed and industrialisation. 150 boys and girls of Army Public School, Sadar Bazar, Delhi Cantt will present the everlasting sparkle of the National river Ganga through their depiction ‘Nirmal Ganga’. 

General Dalbir Singh, Coas Inaugurates the Directorate of Indian Army Veterans at Delhi Cantt 
General Dalbir Singh, Chief of the Army Staff, inaugurated the Directorate of Indian Army Veterans at Delhi Cantt, today. The directorate shall provide a wide range of veteran care and support services, as also a single point of contact, or redress, to the veterans, widows and wards residing across the country.

The inauguration of the new directorate under the Adjutant General Branch coincides with the first ever celebration of Veterans Day in the Indian Army. The day marks the relinquishment of active service by India’s two most well known military leaders, Field Marshal KM Cariappa, OBE and Field Marshal SHFJ Manekshaw, MC in year 1953 and 1973 respectively.

Speaking on the occasion, the Chief of the Army Staff stressed the need to strengthen the institutional framework for veteran care and support in the Indian Army. He remarked that the raising of the Directorate of Indian Army Veterans (DIAV) marks the first step towards creating a coherent veteran care and support structure in India. He further stated that there is more that needs to be done at the last mile, which will follow consequent to the raising of the new directorate.

Building on the existing framework of Army HQ Veterans Cell, the DIAV is organised into four verticals, namely Policy and Outreach, Pension and Entitlements, Benefits and Services and Career Transition Planning Sections. Each vertical will be headed by a Director level officer fully versed in veteran matters and duly assisted by a mix of serving and retired officers.

Apart from the functional sections, the DIAV has fielded a Veterans E-Lobby & Services Complex comprising of a range of disciplines. Key highlights include the establishment of e-banking services by our principal pension bankers, the State Bank of India or Punjab National Bank. Besides this, the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) and Artificial Limb Centre Manufacturing Company Kanpur (ALIMCO) too have opened their consultancy services at the new complex.

To mark the occasion, the COAS released the inaugural issue of SAMMAAN magazine, which is focussed on the role of veterans in nation building. Several well known military and civil writers have contributed with their views and opinions on this important topic. The event also witnessed the launch of Phase 2 and 3 of the Indian Army Veterans Web Portal.

The ceremony was attended by the former Chiefs, a large number of senior serving and retired officers, widows and disabled soldiers and members of the wider veteran fraternity. 

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