Artistes complain of ill-treatment

Artistes complain of ill-treatment

Dasara folk troupes denied a chance to watch Torchlight parade

However, the quality of treatment meted out to these artistes during their stay in the city of palaces remains questionable. More than 2,000 participants walked through the procession route and found solace finally under the shade of trees at the Torch Light Parade Grounds.

Even as they were heaving a sigh of relief after the D-day, they were instructed to leave the venue immediately. Many who were resting on the footpath of  the Torch Light Parade Grounds were in for a shock.

One of the artistes belonging to the ‘Donnevarase’ troupe on condition of anonymity said, “We have come all the way from Kollegal and given performance. But the police here are saying how can they make seating arrangements for 2,000 artistes.”

Unhappy at the hospitality by the hosts, he asked, “Don’t we deserve to watch the show?”
While many were fuming at being denied a chance to watch the evening programmes at Bannimantap, others had their share of problems as many failed to get buses to return to the Nanjaraja Bahadur Choultry where they were given accommodation.

Speaking to Deccan Herald, S G Pujar, troupe leader of the ‘Basaveshwara Kolata Thanda’ from Harthi in Gadag district said that they had to arrange a private vehicle to take them back to the choultry.

Explaining the poor hospitality accorded to them, Pujar said, “We arrived in the city on Tuesday evening and were given accommodation at Nanjaraja Bahadur Choultry. We were not given food until Wednesday afternoon. Then they gave us one chapathi and sambar, which was watery. They hadn’t even kept clean water for us.”

Showing the unused food coupons, Pujar said, “The food they supply is insufficient. They didn’t care to provide food to all artistes. After completing the procession, when we headed back to the choultry, we didn’t get anything to eat and had to bear additional expenses.”

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