Sannappa Mahesh , Kuruba camp mahout in India
Born ? in India
, son of mahout Dodda Masti .
2012: Dodda Masti,
aged 56, who was initially reluctant opened up later only to say; at last Arjuna has been entrusted with the arduous task. “I am very happy and eagerly awaiting for the day”, asserts Dodda Masti who has finally got his due after completing 32 years of his service in the forest department this year.He has been its Mahout
for the past 12 years. However in the case of his 26-year-old son, it’s double delight; it’s his very first year with the forest department, and is Kavadi to none other than Howdah
elephant. For Sannappa (Kavadi) too, Dasara mood is not new. Before joining government services, he was the caretaker of elephants owned by royal scion Srikantadatta Narasimharaja Wadiyar.
2017: The question of Arjuna’s Mahout
cropped up last year after the death of its regular Mahout
just a fortnight before Gajapayana. Following his death, the responsibility of training Arjuna fell on Dodda Masti’s son Sannappa alias Mahesha.
Sannappa, as the Kavadi to his father, had befriended Arjuna even before his father’s death and Arjuna too began listening to his commands. He efficiently performed his duties last year and even sat on Arjuna during the procession for the first time and came under praise for successfully steering the elephant.
After last Dasara, Vinu developed a close bond with Arjuna. At present, both Vinu and Sannappa are close to Arjuna and their commands are obeyed diligently. As per law, Vinu is Arjuna’s Mahout
and Sannappa, whose services are confirmed only six months ago, will be his Kavadi.
Mahesh Born: ?