The mahout Doddappaji about the elephant Drona, a gentle giant he cannot get out of his mind


2005-09-13 - Mysore, India , Sharath S. Srivatsa

Preparations for the Dasara festivities and the famous "Jamboo Savari" (elephant parade) bring back painful memories for this soft-spoken mahout. Doddappaji, who once handled Drona, the elephant that carried the howdah, has refused to take part in the Dasara festivities after Drona was tragically electrocuted. A third generation mahout and an expert in taming wild elephants, Doddappaji is haunted by memories of Drona. After the death of Drona in 1998, he requested senior officials not to ask him...

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