Circular to not perform on ‘Ghoomar’ song issued to schools in Rajasthan

Amid a raging controversy over ‘Padmaavat’ film, an administrative official in Udaipur has issued a circular to district education officers to not perform on the Ghoomar song of the period drama at cultural programmes on Republic Day.

In the circular issued on tuesday, additional district magistrate Subhash Chand Sharma has directed district education officers to inform the government and private schools within their jurisdiction about the memorandum to prevent any untoward incident.

A copy of the notification was marked to registrars and deans of all colleges and district police was asked to remain alert for maintaining law and order situation.

“It is just an alert notification sent to district education officers so that any untoward incident does not occur,” Udaipur district collector Bishnu Charan Mallick said.

Shree Rashtriya Rajput Karni Sena (Mewar) had requested through a memorandum to not perform dance on Padmaavat’s Ghoomar song and play the song on Republic Day in schools, colleges and other institutions, which may result into untoward incident.

Following which, district administration issued a circular to the DEOs to act appropriately and direct all government or private school principals in the district in this regard, the order read.

‘Padmaavat’ film, starring Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor and Ranveer Singh, is based on the saga of the 13th century battle between Maharaja Ratan Singh of Mewar and Sultan Alauddin Khilji of Delhi.

The film has been been facing protests by Karni Sena and other fringe groups over allegations that it distorts historical facts.

The film’s producers have denied the allegations. PTI