Italy-born Odissi Dancer Ileana Citaristi Beaten up by Servitors

Italy-born Odissi and Chau dancer and Padma Shri awardee Ileana Citaristi was allegedly beaten up by two servitors atop the chariot of Lord Jagannath in Puri, about 65 km east of Bhubaneswar, on Sunday.
 
The noted dancer, who has made Odisha her home since 1979, said the two temple attendants slapped and shoved her down the chariot in the morning after she refused to pay them Rs. 1,000 they were demanding.

“I am shocked. This is a first time experience for me,” Bhubaneswar-based Citaristi, 55, said. “We are emotionally attached to Lord Jagannath and do not expect such behaviour from the servitors who serve Him.”
 
Citaristi said the servitors also abused her foreign origin, taking no note that she was paying obeisance to Lord Jagannath.

 

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Monday, July 22, 2013 - 12:00am