Girls sing reality, administration rejects programme meant for I-Day

A singing and dance performance prepared by a group of girl students of a government school in Chhatarpur district for Independence Day function was rejected by district administration as a song reflected drought and farmers’ suicides

bhopal Updated: Aug 14, 2018 22:15 IST
Shruti Tomar
Shruti Tomar
Hindustan Times, Bhopal
Independence Day,Bundelkhand,farmer
(Photo by Bharat Bhushan / Hindustan Times)(HT File Photo)

A singing and dance performance prepared by a group of girl students of a government school in Chhatarpur district to present it on Independence Day was rejected by district administration on Monday as the song reflected the ground reality of the region like drought and farmers’ suicides, alleged the students.

However, district collector Ramesh Bhandari said theme of the performances should have been patriotism and development in India on Independence Day instead of the theme that the girls had chosen.

The students of MLB Government School, Chhatarpur who were selected by their school management to take part in the Independence Day programme at the district headquarters were called for the final rehearsal on Monday. The students presented their performance, as a part of rehearsal, on a song “Khub pado sukho ko sankat, kar na paaye kisani, Boond boond pani ko tarse, kaise kisan jiye hey bhagwan. Karja waale kare pareshan, fansi laga ke de rahe pran...”

A student Rashmi Yadav said, “The moment our rehearsal ended the collector sir started scolding us and asked us not to perform on Independence Day.”

“We have been practising for the past one month in the open by setting aside our studies and our programme was rejected merely on the ground that we are presenting a reality. It is not our problem if we don’t see any development here in Bundelkhand,” said another student Anjali Chaudhary.

The MLB government School in charge principal Usha Upadhyay said they had received a message from the district administration that girls would not perform in the function.

Music teacher of the school Chandrashekhar Kushwaha said, “The song is based on farmers condition but district administration feels offended. The girls are disheartened now.”

“The performance was neither appropriate nor up to the mark. Out of six performances, we have passed five. The girls are lying that they had been practising for a long time as there was no coordination and rhythm in the performance,” said the district collector.

First Published: Aug 14, 2018 22:15 IST