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No Ghoomar on Republic Day, says Udaipur schools

  • Mrinalini Singh
  • January 25, 2018
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Between series of protests by groups like Sri Rajput Karni Sena against Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ‘Padmaavat’, an order by the district administration of Udaipur has further raised eyebrows. The administration has ordered a ban on performance on “Ghoomar” song, which features Bollywood diva Deepika Padukone in the movie, by school kids.

According to the order, students in both government, as well as private schools, should not perform on Ghoomar song from Padmaavat, the film that has been given a go-ahead for pan-India release by the Supreme Court. The order was issued by Additional District Magistrate of Udaipur, SC Sharma. The top court had set aside the notification passed by the states of Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Rajasthan, and Gujarat to ban the release of the movie.

Earlier this month, the campus of a school in Ratlam, Madhya Pradesh was vandalized by a group, claiming to be members of Sri Rajput Karni Sena, allegedly because of a performance by students on Ghoomar song during the annual function of the school. There were reports that the protesters manhandled children, argued with their parents and even threatened school administration. At least four people were arrested in connection with the case.

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan earlier opposed the screening of the film “Padmavati” and also instituted an award in the name of the Rajput queen. Chouhan on Wednesday announced that the life saga of the queen would be made a part of the state school curriculum from next year so that students learn “correct history”. And if this was not all, an education officer in Dewas district of Madhya Pradesh, in November 2017, issued a circular banning Ghoomar song from the period drama being played at cultural events in schools.

The song from the movie, starring Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor, and Ranveer Singh, had also grabbed headlines during the Gujarat visit of Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

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