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Livelihoods of 10,000 folk artists at risk as HC bans lewd dance performances at Dasara Festival – The New Indian Express

Express press service

THOOTHUKUDI: In the recent ban on artists performing obscene dances for non-devotional songs during the Kulasekarapattinam Dasara festival, it is said that about 10,000 folk artists will be affected.

The Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court ordered the ban on playing non-devotional songs including not allowing obscene or vulgar dance performances in the name of “aadal paadal” (cultural programs) programs during the Dasara Festival of Mutharaman Tempe at the coastal village of Kulasekarapattinam. He recently cleared the event subject to nine conditions.

Tamil Panpattu Nadana Kalaignargal Munnetra Sangam General Secretary Suja Murugan says TIN that the order will largely affect the livelihoods of folk artists, who find stages to perform at this mass festival.

“It is one of the main festivals which gives them the opportunity. The next festival will be during Pongal, which will take place after three months. Winning during Dasara festival will achieve their ends for the time being. As Deepavali festival is also approaching , this income will be useful for them,” explained Murugan.

“Everyone’s livelihoods are in jeopardy because of the recent court order,” he added. “Folk performers also fast for festivals and tie the ‘kappu’, the sacred thread of local temples,” he explained.

Nagarathinam, leader of a group of folk artists, said TIN that at least 8,000 to 10,000 folk artists descend on Thoothukudi from various districts for the festival. These performers include ‘varsha’, transgender people who dress up as Goddess ‘Amman’ and Lord ‘Murugan’ during stage performances.

“In case of a religious festival, cinematic dances and awkward movements to the tunes of kuthu chanting are meant to attract crowds. Such events denigrate the importance of this festival and present it as a mere cultural program before other religions “It has nothing to do with the devotion of the Mutharaman temple. It is sacrilege and hurtful to feelings,” says lawyer Ramkumar Adityan, who obtained the banning order for lewd and vulgar dance performances during the Dasara festival.

The court was hearing a case against the organizers of Dasara groups, hiring actors and actresses from television series and paying dancers to perform lewd dances during the festival. The court also ordered the police to take strict action against people specifically performing lewd dances while ordering the SPs of Thoothukudi and Tirunelveli to strictly monitor the events. Following the order, the group was also to make a statement about it.

The festival is famous in South India second only to Mysore which attracts over 10 lakh devotees. People from different walks of life come in different costumes and disguises to worship Goddess Mutharamman. It is celebrated between September 26 and October 5.

THOOTHUKUDI: In the recent ban on artists performing obscene dances for non-devotional songs during the Kulasekarapattinam Dasara festival, it is said that about 10,000 folk artists will be affected. The Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court ordered a ban on the playing of non-devotional songs, including not allowing obscene or vulgar dance performances in the name of ‘aadal paadal’ (cultural programs) programs during the festival Dasara of Mutharaman Tempe on the coast village of Kulasekarapattinam. He recently cleared the event subject to nine conditions. Tamil Panpattu Nadana Kalaignargal Munnetra Sangam Secretary General Suja Murugan told TNIE that the order will largely affect the livelihoods of folk artists, who find stages to perform at this mass festival. “It is one of the main festivals which gives them the opportunity. The next festival will be during Pongal, which will take place after three months. Winning during Dasara festival will achieve their ends for the time being. As Deepavali festival is also approaching , this income will be useful for them,” Murugan explained. “Everyone’s livelihood is being hurt because of the recent court order,” he added. “Folk performers are also fasting for festivals and tie the ‘kappu’, the sacred thread of local temples,” he explained. Nagarathinam, a folk artist group leader, told TNIE that at least 8,000 to 10,000 artists Folk performers descended on Thoothukudi from various districts for the festival.These performers include ‘varsha’, transgender people who dress up as Goddess ‘Amman’ and Lord ‘Murugan’ during the stage performances.”In case of religious festival, cinematic dances and clumsy movements Its to the tunes of kuthu chants are meant to attract crowds. Such events denigrate the importance of this festival and present it as a mere cultural program before other religions. It has nothing to do with Mutharaman temple devotion. It is sacrilegious and hurtful to feelings,” says lawyer Ramkumar Adityan, who won the banning order for lewd and vulgar dance performances during the Dasara festival. The court was hearing a case against the organizers of Dasara groups, hiring actors and actresses from television series and paying dancers to perform lewd dances during the festival. The court also ordered the police to take strict action against people specifically performing lewd dances while ordering the SPs of Thoothukudi and Tirunelveli to strictly monitor the events. Following the order, the group was also to make a statement about it. The festival is famous in South India second only to Mysore which attracts over 10 lakh devotees. People from different walks of life come in different costumes and disguises to worship Goddess Mutharamman. It is celebrated between September 26 and October 5.