Mangaluru, Oct 2, 2017: Forest minister B Ramanath Rai’s video of dancing to the tunes of `Tiger Dance’ has gone viral on social media. His performance came during a "Walk for conservation of wildlife" organised by the Karnataka Forest Department to mark the 63rd Wildlife week on Monday 2nd October.
Tucked himself in a T-shirt and trousers, Rai took the walk between Cubbon Park, a prime lung space of the city, to Lalbagh Botanical Gardens, covering a distance of about 3kms.
Rai, who hails from Coastal Karnataka, was excited by the eight member pili vesha team, during the walk and freed himself to join them in the performance.
"Pili vehsa is our culture. I have grown up seeing hundreds of such shows," he said. Rai performed to the tunes of the folk dance at least four times during the walk. He was cheered by volunteers and other participants for the every dance move he did.
Minister Rai was accompanied by multilingual actor Prakash Raj, and more than 1000 volunteers and public. Raj is the brand ambassador for the "Our Wild Life", a conservation and awareness campaign launched by the Karnataka Tourism department and Forest department.