Special Correspondent

Video camera switched on stealthily; Yesudas stops concert for a while

Music concert starts an hour behind schedule

‘Discrimination’ in providing accommodation

for artistes giving performances

MYSORE: A bigger and a brighter Dasara it has been with new additions, but there have been hiccups and embarrassing moments during the ongoing festivities.

The latest in the series of unsavoury incidents was the disruption of singer K.J. Yesudas’ Carnatic music concert on the palace premises on Friday night. The disruption has been attributed to the recalcitrant attitude of a few mediapersons who insisted on switching on the video camera despite a plea against it by the organisers. The mediapersons reluctantly complied with it, but once the concert started, a few of them trooped back to the venue and stealthily switched on the camera.

Everything seemed to be going well till a few among the audience and some photographers began clicking away from close quarters as a result of which the singer was distracted. He stopped abruptly and admonished them for “breaking the rules of dharma” and said “it will be difficult for me to continue if this persists”. The police asked amateur photographers to leave the venue. Yesudas regained his rhythm and completed the composition.

The gathering was the biggest in recent years for any concert at the palace.

The organisers had packed too many programmes of short duration before the concert. As a result, the concert started only around 8.30 p.m., an hour behind schedule. Though an official in the cultural committee had said that the concert would be held after the Indian Air Force’s Air Warriors symphony orchestra, an hour-long Bharatnatyam recital followed it.

What has upset connoisseurs is the “discrimination” shown against some artistes. While a few including Vasundhara Das were accommodated at a luxury hotel, renowned flautist Pandit Ronu Majumdar was accommodated in a low-budget hotel.

The issue was brought to the notice of the Mysore district in-charge Minister Shobha Karandlaje, and she has agreed to look into it.

The officials said they had issued directions that arrangements be made to make the artistes feel comfortable, and regretted the “lapse” in the case of Ronu Majumdar who was performing in Mysore after a gap of almost 16 years.