In Kerla Temple festival, Around 800 artists are participated to perform at a 10-day festival at the Koodalmanikyam Temple in India, and they have all allowed only if they’re Hindu’s.
- In India, Mansiya VP Muslim-born dancer claims that she was not allowed to dance in kerala temple festival as ‘non-Hindus’ were not allowed.
- Dancer tells organizer: she does not follow any religion.
- Chairman Pradeep Menon replied: that as they’re respecting and following the temple’s tradition.
Dancer Mansiya VP woman, was to perform at the 10-day (from April 15 to 25) National Festival organized by the famed Koodalmanikyam temple in Irinjalakuda.
Almost 800 performers are expected to perform in this festival.
Mansiya was said by news agency PTI.
“The organisers phoned me and told me that I cannot perform. When asked why, they said non-Hindus are not allowed in the temple. I said it is a national dance festival. I also said that I am a human being,”
The woman dancer clearly told the organisers that she does not follow any religion despite she was born into a Muslim family. Also she was married to musician Shyam Kalyan, claims she was asked if she has converted to Hindu.
Chairman Pradeep Menon said: “that they were respecting and following the temple’s tradition which does not allow ‘non-Hindus’ enter into the temple.”
The temple officials respect the artiste but it also has to follow the tradition. said by Mr Menon.
Shashi Tharoor has also condemned the incident saying:
“I understand some restrictions in some temples about access to sanctum santorum. But this is a dance performance with other dancers inside the temple premises. Shocked that the temple is not allowing this.”