New Delhi, Jan 14 (Agencies):  A Rajasthani folk dance, a
performance of 'Dahal Thungri' from Assam and Bhangra from
Punjab -- it will be an ensemble of Indian culture to be
brought alive by around 800 school children during the
Republic Day parade.

The spectators at the parade will enjoy five cultural
programmes -- two by students from Delhi schools and one each
from Assam, Orrisa and Punjab. For the first time, NDMC
schools are also participating in the parade.
 A total of 786 students are participating in the Republic
Day parade and each contingent will perform for two minutes
and 10 seconds.

While students from Sarvodaya Kanya Vidyalya, New Delhi,
will perform on Rajasthani tunes, those from NDMC schools will
showcase their talent in various dance forms such as
Mohiniattam, Bharatnatyam, Kathak and Odissi.

There are 320 students from the national capital
participating in the parade, Satpal Singh, Additional Director
(Sports) in Delhi Education Department, said.
A group of 170 school students from Orissa will perform
'Parbha', a folk dance of the region.

As many as 150 children from different schools of Assam
will present 'Dahal Thungri'-- a dance performed by womenfolk
of the Bodos. It is a warrior art performed using shield and
swords as props.

 A troupe from Punjab will perform to the beats of Bhangra
to entertain the spectators.

"The theme of national integration and peace will be the
mainstay of this programme. These items exhibit pride and
strength of our country," Satpal, a Dronacharya awardee and a
wrestling coach, said.

 Choreographers are training students for over three
months and now "they can dance better than professionals," he
added.