Thousands of children who thronged Jaganmohan Palace to take part in the four-day ‘Makkala Dasara,’ organised by the Women and Children Sub-Committee had to wait for more than an hour for the inauguration of the same yesterday as it was delayed by the late arrival of Chief Minister Siddharamaiah who inaugurated the same by lighting the traditional lamp.

Primary and Higher Education Minister Kimmane Rathnakar who arrived at the venue in time, had to wait for the arrival of the CM and those present were in for another surprise as the CM departed without making a speech.

The venue which was bustling with activities as teachers and parents had brought the children from various schools for the inauguration wore a deserted look within minutes of the inauguration as the children had to be taken back to their destinations.

Speaking on the occasion, Rathnakar said flower and children were the only two who never discriminate among people as the two are the embodiment of innocence and called upon parents and teachers to provide a good atmosphere for kids.

Information Expo: Minister Kimmane Rathnakar, MLA Vasu witnessed an exhibition of selected Science models prepared at cluster levels from Hunsur, T.N. Pur, Nanjangud and Mysore North zones at the venue.

The star attraction of the function however was the ‘Talking Doll’ belonging to artiste Suma Rajkumar which sent the audience into laughter. The second day of Makkala Dasara was inaugurated by theatrist Ramanna wherein a multitude of cultural programmes and contests were held.

Students of Govt. Higher Primary School, Kasuvinahalli, Nanjangud taluk, presented a light music programme, which was followed by folk dance by specially-abled children, fancy dress & painting contests and Rationalist Hulikal Nataraj presented a programme on exposing the truth behind miracles.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore