Adventurous Army Mela concludes

Adventurous Army Mela concludes

The ‘Know Your Army’ Mela continued to enthrall the audience on the second day also. People thronged the Torch Light Parade Grounds, Bannimantap, here, to be part of the event on Sunday.

Being a weekend, the event attracted more crowd. Curious people from all walks of life and irrespective of age were in the grounds to witness the stunning performances of the Army personnel. The stunts, with the message, ‘Please do not try this at home’ enthused the spectators. Each and every performance of the Army troupes received whoops and applause from the audience.

Children, accompanied either by their parents or teachers, were awed by the breathtaking stunts. Martial dance performance for the song ‘Vande Mataram’ by the Madras Engineer Group and Centre, Bangalore, aside from dynamic stunts including Kalaripayattu by Madras Regimental Centre, (Wellington), Mallakamba  by Maratha Light Infantry Regimental Centre, Belgaum, equestrian jump horse show by Army Service Corps (North), Bangalore, motorcycle display by the team ‘Tornadoes’ of Army Service Corps Centre (South), Bangalore, and music band by Parachute Regimental Training Centre, Bangalore, Madras Engineer Group and Centre, Bangalore, and Army Service Corps Centre and College, Bangalore, kept the crowd spellbound. People were electrified as the members of the Army Aviation Squadron, Bangalore, slithered though the rope from the chopper during the air show.

Amidst different adventurous horse show, where Army personnel jumped over eight hurdles successfully, including boards, walls, people reading newspaper, a sleeping man, two bikes, Marshal, the horse of Sepoy Siddarth lost balance and the latter fell on the ground. However, the brave duo completed their act, recovering within a few minutes.

Kalaripayattu also kept the crowd absorbed with the unparalleled valour with the swords and metal shields. The commentary in English and Kannada helped people identify and understand the performance.

Adding to the mesmerising displays were two clowns each in all the events, amusing people with their exemplary action.

People and children got their photographs clicked with the Army personnel as well on the tanks, after the event.

‘Veera Naaris’ (either wife or mother of martyrs) were felicitated on the occasion. Nirupa Madappa, wife of late Major Ganesh Madappa, Mahadevi, mother of late Sepoy Sundra N, Ratnamma, mother of late Sepoy Mahesha N S, Lakshmi Mali Patil, wife of late Subedar Ramesh Kandappa Police Patil, Shakuntala, wife of late Naik Radhakrishnan, Balamani, mother of late Sapper Sharath G, Suvarna, wife of late Naik Shivananda, Mallige, wife of Lance Naik P S Shambu, Seethamma, mother of Naik Sundaresh M G, Y M Halamma, mother of Lance Naik Prabhakaran M, C M Balamma, mother of Lance Naik Somaiah C M, Janamani, wife of Naik C R Chandra, Dechavva, mother of Sepoy Kutta P B, Sarada, mother of Sepoy Ravindra K S, B S Kamavva mother of Havildar Devaiah, Bindu, wife of Naik T Radhakrishna A received the honours.

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, in his address to the audience, assured that the State Administration will work closely with the Sainik Boards in each district for implementation of various schemes related to ex-servicemen, aside from presently providing 10 per cent reservation in government jobs as well as in various housing schemes.

He said, the corporate sectors should make use of the talent and skills of soldiers after retirement by providing them with jobs.

Noting that the government was striving to meet the needs of ex-servicemen and the Veer Naaris, he said, it included their medical needs through the ‘Ex-Servicemen Contributory Health Scheme (ECHS)’. “Land has been alloted for construction of an ECHS Polyclinic and a canteen in Mysore,” he added.

Police Commissioner M A Saleem, Deputy Commissioner C Shikha, General Officer Commanding, Karnataka and Kerala Sub Area Major General A K Singh, and General Officer Commanding, Andhra, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Kerala Area Lieutenant General V K Pillai and others were present.

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