With elaborate preparations on for the Know Your Army Mela, the Torchlight Parade Ground in Bannimantap has transformed into a colourful camp of men in uniform with Army tents, regimental flags, multi-coloured buntings, barracks, trucks, a battle tank, Howitzer guns, makeshift bridges, motorcycles, cavalry, arms and equipment spread out on the ground fenced off in Army style, with rolls of barbed wires, guarded by armed soldiers in battle-overalls.

The two-day Mela will be inaugurated at 11 am tomorrow by Lt. Gen. V.K. Pillai, General Officer Commanding (of Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Kerala). Brig. M.M. Devaya, Commanding Officer of MEG, will be present.

MUDA Commissioner S. Palaiah, who visited the ground to inspect the preparations this morning, told SOM that MUDA had given the space to Army free of cost with the intention of encouraging more youths to join the Army. He said the ground had been de-weeded and spruced up for the Mela just like what is done for Dasara.

He was accompanied by Superintending Engineer Shivakumar and other officials.

The popular patriotic number “Vande Mataram…”, composed by A.R. Rehman was being played while the soldiers were engaged in preparations of various stalls and exhibits, apart from a groups of dancers rehearsing for the cultural show, which would also showcase Kalaripayyat, motorcycle stunts by Tornado - the Army bike-riders' team, Mallakhamb, slithering rope stunt from a helicopter, etc.

A medical check-up camp for ex-servicemen will be held simultaneously, along with a Pensioners’ Adalat, said Col. Rajesh Salian of MEG, who is supervising the preparations, along with Col. S.R. Kiran (Administration), Karnataka-Kerala Sub-Area.

On Sept. 8 at 11 am, Chief Minister Siddharamaiah will arrive at the grounds to participate in the programme and also felicitate gallant women. Stalls of various regiments of the Army will be displaying their specialities at the Mela.

Must Watch Dynamic Displays

Special attraction of Army Mela is the Dynamic Display which will be held on Sept. 7 – 11.05 am to 12.30 pm & 3.30 pm to 5 pm and on Sept. 8 – 11.10 am to 12.40 pm & 4 pm to 5.30 pm. Entry is free.

Chief Minister Siddharamaiah will be arriving to the Mela at 10.30 am on Sept. 8.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore