20 Jan 2024

Republic Day 2024 Parade at Kartavya Path to be women-centric; know more about ‘Anant Sutra’ and other highlights of ceremony

With the themes of ‘Viksit Bharat’ and ‘Bharat - Loktantra ki Matruka’ (India – Mother of Democracy), the 75th Republic Day Parade at Kartavya Path on January 26, 2024 will be women-centric. 

Defence Secretary Giridhar Aramane has said said women marching contingents will form the major chunk of the parade, with most of the tableaux of States/Union Territories (UTs) and Central Ministries/Organisations showcasing the country’s rich cultural diversity, unity and progress. He said the themes have been selected in line with Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi’s views that ‘India is truly a mother of democracy’.

Parade will be heralded by 100 women artists

For the first time, the parade will be heralded by 100 women artists playing Indian musical instruments. The parade would commence with the music of Sankh, Naadswaram, Nagada, etc. to be played by women artists.

The parade will also witness an all-women Tri-Service contingent marching down Kartavya Path for the first time. The CAPF contingents will also consist of women personnel. 

“Best representation of women will be seen in this year’s Republic Day parade,” the Defence Secretary said.

The parade will start at 1030 hrs and run for a duration of approx. 90 minutes. The seating capacity at Kartavya Path is 77,000, of which 42,000 is reserved for the general public.

Marching contingent and band contingent from France will also take part 

French President Mr Emmanuel Macron will be the Chief Guest at this year’s Republic Day Parade. A 95-member marching contingent and 33-member band contingent from France will also take part in the parade. Along with the aircraft of Indian Air Force, one Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) aircraft and two Rafale aircraft of the French Air Force will participate in the Fly-past.

Special Guests include best performers of various fields

Around 13,000 Special Guests have also been invited to witness the parade this year. The Defence Secretary stated that the objective is to provide an opportunity to the people from all walks of life to take part in the national festival, in line with the Government’s vision of Jan Bhagidari. He quoted the Prime Minister by saying that these guests are the pride of the country.

These Special Guests include best performers of various fields and those who made best use of various schemes of the Government. These special guests will be prominently seated at Kartavya Path.

Giridhar Aramane stated that given their tough livelihood, special emphasis was laid to include Vibrant Villages in the list of Special Guests for them to be part of the Republic Day celebrations of the country.


A total of 25 tableaux - 16 States/UTs and nine Ministries/Departments – will roll down the Kartavya Path during the parade. Like each year, the tableaux have been selected by an expert committee comprising eminent persons in the fields of art, culture, painting, sculpture, music, architecture, choreography etc. 

Anant Sutra

The Ministry of Culture will be showcasing ‘Anant Sutra - The Endless Thread’ textile installation at Kartavya Path. It will be installed behind the spectators seated in the enclosures. 

Anant Sutra is a visually-stunning tribute to the sari, India’s timeless gift to the world of fashion. This unique installation will showcase nearly 1,900 saris and drapes from every corner of the country, mounted at a height with wooden frames along the Kartavya Path. It will have QR codes which can be scanned to know the details about weaving and embroidery arts used in it.

Commemorative Coin & Stamp

As the Nation is celebrating 75th year of its Republic this year, Ministry of Defence will release a Commemorative Coin and Commemorative Stamp during the celebrations.

National School Band Competition

The Ministry of Defence, in collaboration with Ministry of Education, conducted a National School Band Competition at All-India level for Republic Day Celebrations 2024 in order to evoke feelings of patriotism, unity and a deep sense of pride among the school children towards their country. A total of 486 school bands from 30 different States/UTs took part in the competition, wherein 12,857 students participated. 

First two levels of competition have already been conducted and the Final level event would be conducted at Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium, New Delhi on January 21 & 22, 2024. A total 16 Bands selected from 15 States/UTs would perform during the event. These finalist teams will be given prizes and some of the winners will witness the parade.

Vande Bharatam 3.0

The third edition of Vande Bharatam dance competition was organised as part of Republic Day Celebrations 2024. Groups of women artists will carry out a performance at the Kartavya Path. Around 200 women artists will perform in front of the Saluting Dais.

Veer Gatha 3.0

The third edition of Project Veer Gatha was organised as a part of Republic Day Celebrations-2024 to inspire and spread awareness among children about the gallant deeds and sacrifices of the Armed Forces. A record 1.36 crore students from 2.42 lakh schools pan-India participated in Veer Gatha 3.0. A total of 100 school students called ‘Super-100’ have been declared winners who will be felicitated on January 25 and also attend the Republic Day Parade.

Bharat Parv

Reflecting the ‘Jan Bhagidari’ theme, ‘Bharat Parv’ will be organised at the Red Fort, Delhi from January 23-31, 2024 by the Ministry of Tourism. It will showcase Republic Day Tableaux, performances by the Military Bands, cultural performances, Crafts Bazaar and Food Courts dishing out pan India cuisines.

Parakram Diwas

The Ministry of Culture will organise Parakram Diwas at Red Fort on January 23, 2024 on Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose. During the event, various activities like 3-D projection mapping/light & sound show, projection mapping with plays/dance performance, etc. will be organised.

PM’s At-Home Function

As per practice, Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi will meet NCC Cadets, NSS Volunteers, Youth Exchange programme cadets, Tableaux Artists, Tribal Guests, etc. of Republic Day Celebrations at his residence in New Delhi on January 24, 2024.

Beating Retreat

Beating Retreat ceremony, which will be held at Vijay Chowk on January 29, 2024, will witness all Indian tunes to mark the culmination of 75th Republic Day celebrations.   Top entries will be given rewards.

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