Dampier, India – A band of horses that had once entertained the kings of ancient India is about to cease its music business.
Dampier band of horse, Dampierre, in eastern India.DAMPIER (Reuters) – Dampiers band of animals, the Dampirites, is a quintessential Indian horse show that has entertained kings and rulers for centuries.
The band of 40-50 horses has toured the world, but its final performance in Dampur, a city in eastern Uttar Pradesh state, on Tuesday will be its last, according to a statement by its owners.
The Dampiris will be taken off the road by a local government official on Tuesday morning, said Dampers owners, Bandhant Bhatnagar and Kunal Yadav, in a statement.
The owners said the Damps were expected to be sold to a private buyer.
The Bandhiris were once known as the greatest entertainers of the ancient Indian world, having performed in the royal palaces and in theatres across India.
They have also been revered as the kings and queens of the hill kingdoms and ruled the ancient lands of the western subcontinent from the 12th century to the 19th century.
Damps are also remembered as the rulers of the Hindu Kush region, which stretches from western Afghanistan to the Pakistani border.
But the Bandhiris were not able to sell their music business to a local businessman and they were forced to go into the thrift shop.
Bandhiri Maharaj, a former chief minister of the state of Uttar Pradesh, said the Bandhis have not paid a penny for their music for more than 100 years.
“They have sold it at a very low price,” he said.
“In fact, it’s more than $200 per month, which is a lot.
But the price has gone up over the years.
This is the biggest mistake in history.
I would like to ask the government to pay us a proper compensation.”
Bandhirs music is heard on many different radio stations, and many of the animals can be seen on TV channels.
But Bandhirs fans were not happy about the decision, calling it a travesty.
“It was a big loss for our beloved Bandhiers, especially to the animals,” said Nanda Devi, a fan of the Bandhigiri Bandhiri Maharaj.
“I hope they will go back to live with the horses and horses’ families, who will be able to live and work happily in peace,” she added.
In 2009, the band of the same name, which has performed in India for more a century, sold its rights to the BBC for $3 million.
The BBC said in a news release that it “wouldn’t comment on individual programmes”.
But the band’s owners have defended their decision to sell the rights, saying they were “under pressure from a growing chorus of Indian people” who wanted the band to remain in business.
“People want us to go back,” said Daburam Rajan, a Bandhigiris owner.
“The country is not going to forget this band.”