Staff Correspondent

Food was distributed in connection with the 11th day rites

MYSORE: The 11th day rites after the death of Kannada actor Rajkumar was performed by his fans amidst emotional scenes at several places in Mysore on Saturday.

Around 15 persons tonsured as a mark of respect to their departed hero and offered "puja" in front of Dr. Rajkumar's photograph at Gandhi Square in the morning. This was followed by the 11th day rites.

Food items, which were the star's favourite, were kept in front the photograph. Many broke into tears following the brief meeting held to commemorate the actor. They observed a minute's silence.

Food was distributed near Sangam Theatre as part of a mass feeding programme organised to mark the 11th day rites.

The fans chanted hymns praising the contributions of the actor near Sangam Theatre.

Similar programmes were organised in other parts of the city too. Dr. Rajkumar Abhimanigala Sangha announced that "Gayana Namana," a music programme, had been organised at Dr. Rajkumar Dwaja Sthambha located at K.R. Hospital on Sunday.

"Prasadam" would be distributed to the fans after the programme in which Dr. Rajkumar's would be rendered, a release said.

Bharathiya Samskruthika Vikasa Vedike has arranged a meeting to condole the death of Dr. Rajkumar. Veteran artiste K.S. Ashwath, Mayor Bharathi, MLA Somashekar and A. Ramdas, former MLA, will take part in the condolence meeting to be held at Jaganmohana Palace Auditorium.

Fitting tribute

Emulating Dr. Rajkumar who had donated his eyes, more than 50 members of Karnataka State Physically Challenged Welfare Parishath took a pledge to donate their eyes here on Saturday.

Parishat president S.S. Vydhyanath appealed to the members to donate their eyes and they readily agreed to do so.