Mysuru: Four days after inaugurating the Dasara festival in the royal city, a commendable display of woman power and skill was witnessed at a martial arts event organised by the Department of Youth empowerment and Sports and Akhila Karnataka Karate Association.
Dasara Special Officer and Deputy Commissioner C. Shikha demonstrated Karate skills by inaugurating the ‘Narishakti Pradarshana’ programme (Display of Woman Power) by breaking tiles on the occasion of Nadahabba at Amba Vilas palace on Friday.
The guests present at the programmme were also a center of attraction as they all were donned in a Karate uniform.
Speaking on the occasion, PWD Minister H C Mahadevappa said, “At the time where incidents of harassment on women and rape cases are increasing, Karate helps in protecting oneself. More than 40 organisations have opened Karate training centres in Mysuru which is helpful for children and women”, he said and added that these centres are essential for self protection. Women should learn this art of self-defence.
Around 500 Karatekas, including 35 women, demonstrated various Karate skills and movements to the audience present at the venue. The demonstration included breaking the tiles, self defense skills at the time of a knife attack, gun attack, back attack and breaking movements.
Mayor R. Lingappa, MCC Commissioner Dr. C.G. Betsurmath, MLA M.K. Somashekar, SP Abhinav Khare, Mysore Palace Board Director Indiramma, DYES Asst. Director Suresh, Akhila Karnataka Karate Assn. President Latif Pasha, Mysore Karate Assn. President Mahadevaswamy and Secretary Chidananda were present.