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Innovative: Folk artistes appealing to people to vote for SKP candidate K.S. Puttanniah in Mandya.
Innovative: Folk artistes appealing to people to vote for SKP candidate K.S. Puttanniah in Mandya.

Muralidhara Khajane

SKP is using ‘Gee Gee Pada’ folk form to mobilise support for its candidate in Mandya

MYSORE: Naavu Bandeva.., Naavu Bandeva,

Naavu Bandeva Nimmanna Nodalikka,

Nimmannu Nodi Mata Kelalikka,

Halli Magana Dillige Kalisi Endu Kelalikka…

(We came to see you and seek votes to send a farmer representative to Delhi)

Residents of Mandya town were taken by surprise on Tuesday, when they saw a hundreds of women folk artistes from North Karnataka singing this version of popular “Gee Gee Pada” song, appealing to people to vote for Sarvodaya Karnataka Party (SKP) candidate K.S. Puttanniah.

While the Congress has come out with three 60-second films that seek to show the party leading its multitudes to progress by using A.R. Rahman’s Oscar-winning song “Jai Ho” and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is sniggering at the Congress with “Bhay Ho”, the SKP, a party of Dalits and farmers, is using “Gee Gee Pada” folk form to reach out to the electorate in Mandya Parliamentary constituency where Mr. Puttanniah, who is president of the Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha, is contesting.

There has been a good response to this unique method of campaigning with people saying that they will vote for Mr. Puttanniah.

The artistes commenced the campaign on Tuesday from Nudi Bhavana in the town and visited various localities, seeking support for the “farmer’s representative” by rendering songs accompanied by folk percussion instruments.

Speaking to The Hindu, leader of the troupe Veerasangaiah said that hundreds of folk artistes had came to Mandya to work for the victory of Mr. Puttanniah. Mr. Veerasangaiah said that the artistes were exposing the failure of successive governments to protect the interests of farmers and Dalits and that they highlighted issues such as farmer suicides, continuing atrocities on Dalits and the problems being faced by the working class in the song “Naavu Bandeva”.

Dalit leader Guruprasad Keragodu said, “Traditional campaigning methods have been out on the backburner this time, as the big political parties have adopted a high-tech approach. The BJP is all set to harness Bluetooth as a means of effectively reaching out to tech-savvy youngsters in Mysore region. To fight the tech-savvy campaign we have taken up this traditional form to reach out to people.”

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