Mysuru: While we celebrate every little milestone of Dasara Jambos that they showcase in the run up to the Jamboo Savari on Vijayadashami Day, seldom we celebrate the little joys of families that take care of these Dasara jumbos. The mahouts and their families are rarely written about, leave alone sharing their little achievements.
Vinu, the mahout of Arjuna is not just ecstatic about Arjuna’s achievements that he is showcasing for Dasara 2023, but is also a proud father as his two sons are quietly making a mark in sports and art.
Vinu’s sons – Siddharth and Gowtham – are studying at N Belathur School in Nagarahole forest. They are exceptionally good at studies and extracurricular activities. Both have excelled in Kabaddi and drawing nature, landscape and wildlife.
“Siddhartha is very active in sports and drawing. But that has not hampered his studies. He excels in both. His sketches on landscape, especially on tigers have caught the attention of many. Recently, both of them have won Kabaddi tournaments, too,” reveals Vinu, who takes care of Arjuna. Arjuna belongs to Balle Elephant camp in Nagarahole forest.
“My parents and teachers encourage me to pursue drawing and sports. I want to excel in both, along with my studies,” says Siddharth, enthusiastically.
Vinu and his sons share a close bond with pachyderm and it is evident the way both of them take care of Arjuna along with their father. They joined their father in Mysore Palace as there was a long weekend for Gowri Ganesha festivities.
But lack of resources, sometimes, are a curse to these children. Their hidden talent and achievements are rarely nurtured. “I may not be able to spend much time with them and attend to their needs, like other fathers. But, I want to ensure in my capacity that they study well and pursue their talent,” says Vinu.
As Mysureans gear up to celebrate the Nadahabba, spare a minute or two to appreciate and share the little milestones of mahouts’ families, too.