Submitted by alvin on Sat, 2017-03-11 17:40 Bengaluru: Colours define Karnataka Chitrakala Parishat. But surprisingly, it has warned students from playing with colours on holi. Yes, you read it right! Holi – the festival of colours – is celebrated across the nation tomorrow (March 12). But Parishat Principal has banned students from celebrating holi. “We will not allow students to play holi inside the campus,” said principal Tejendra Singh Banoi. pollaroid-108 “We have severe scarcity of water this year. We can’t allow students to play holi as we want to keep the campus clean. Moreover, the campus houses some of the rare art works and sculptures. Students may spoil them while playing. We can’t afford to lose them,” said Banoi. It is learnt that despite restricting students from playing holi previous year, students celebrated the festival inside the campus, leaving the premises a mess, the next day. There were complaints of consumption of liquor and bhang forcing the college administration to strictly enforce the ban on playing holi this year. In fact, Chitrakala Parishat is not the only college to have banned holi in the city. A few other colleges too have adopted a similar approach. Anand, Maintenance Officer of Mount Camel College (Automomous) said, “Since the college is a part of the Christian missionary, we do not allow students to play holi inside the campus. The same rule is applicable to hostel students as well. However, we do not restrict students playing outside the campus.” Since the festival is on Sunday, students may not turn up at the campus. But if they come with colours on Monday, they can play in the campus, not in classrooms, said Dr Mythili Rao, co-ordinator and Centre Head, Jain University, Palace road. She further said that students will be encouraged to use dry colours to save water. But the colleges’ move has upset the student community. “Despite the ban, we celebrated holy inside the campus, last year. We will plan for tomorrow too,” said Charan, a final year student of Visual Art in Parishat. On condition of anonymity, a student studying in MCC said, “I stay in hostel and we have not been informed anything about it till now. We will follow, what our seniors do.” When Bfirst.in contacted authorities from St Joseph’s Commerce College and National College in Basavanagudi, they too supported the ban on holi celebration in the campus.