E24 : History of India's Republic Day Parades

A Century Of Stories

Jan 25 2024 • 8 mins

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In this episode, join Kunal Vijayakar as he uncovers the captivating history of India's Republic Day parades. As the nation gears up to celebrate its 75th Republic Day on January 26, Kunal takes you on a journey from the early years of the parade at Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium to the grand spectacle along Kartavya Path in New Delhi.

Explore the evolution of Republic Day celebrations, from modest and homespun "Jhankees" in the 1950s to elaborate tableaux symbolizing national growth and progress in the later decades.

Learn about the historical moments, like the first chief guest and the venue change from Irwin Stadium to Kartavya Path. From the 1955 Republic Day parade with Malik Ghulam Muhammad as the chief guest to the evolving themes and technological advancements in later years, this episode unravels the rich tapestry of India's Republic Day celebrations.

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