Shivakumara Swamiji to inaugurate the event atop Chamundi Hills on October 12
MYSORE: Amidst political uncertainty in the State over transfer of power, the Dasara Festivities Committee on Wednesday announced that the “City of palaces” is ready to host the 10-day Mysore Dasara celebrations from October 12.
“The political developments will not come in the way of organising the Nada Habba. Mysore Dasara is known for its grandeur. This year too, the festivities are going to be grand,” said district in-charge Minister G.T. Deve Gowda.
Addressing presspersons here, the Minister said Shivakumara Swamiji of Siddaganga Math would inaugurate the festivities atop the Chamundi Hills on October 12 at 8.30 a.m.
This would be followed by the grand opening of the Dasara Film Festival at Kalamandira at 10.30 a.m. Actor M.P. Shankar would inaugurate the film festival. Actors Jayamala, Ramesh and Anu Prabhakar would participate in the function, he said.
Sub-committees for organising programmes at various locations here had been constituted and the list of programmes and artistes had been finalised.
In addition to cultural events on the forecourt of the Mysore Palace, at Jagan Mohan Palace, Town Hall, Kalamandira and Veene Sheshanna Bhavan, programmes would also be held for the first time at Natana Ranga Mantapa, Sri Krishna Gana Sabha and Rajendra Bhavan from October 12 to 20. Actor Hema Malini and her troupe would perform at the palace on October 20, he said.
The cultural programmes to be held at the Mysore Palace are: Hindustani music by Seema Patil of Gulbarga at 7 p.m. and violin concert by Kunnakudi Vaidyanathan of Chennai on October 12 at 8 p.m.; Sarod recital by Rajeev Taranath of Bangalore at 6.30 p.m. and light music by Kikkeri Krishnamurthy and party at 7.30 p.m. on October 13; instrumental music by the police band at 6.30 p.m. and veena recital by M.K. Saraswathi at 7.30 p.m. on October 14; saptha veena recital by D. Balakrishna of Bangalore at 6.30 p.m. and Carnatic music by Nityashree Mahadevan at 7.30 p.m. on October 15; tala vadya by T.A.S. Mani of Bangalore at 6.30 p.m. and Hindustani music by Sripathi Padigar of Hubli at 7.30 p.m. on October 16; Carnatic music by Sarala sisters of Bangalore at 6.30 p.m. and violin duet by Mysore Nagaraj and Mysore Manjunath at 7.30 p.m. on October 17; Carnatic music by Vidyabhushan of Bangalore at 6.30 p.m. and devotional songs by Anuradha Podwal at 7.30 p.m. on October 18 and Hindustani music by Surendra Sa Nakod of Bangalore at 6.30 p.m. and jugalbandi by Kadri Gopalanath and Narasimhalu Vadiwati at 7.30 p.m. on October 19.
Actors Ganesh, Sudeep, Vijay, Rakshita, Rockline Venkatesh, Gurudutt and Doddanna and director Prem, will perform after the inauguration of Yuva Dasara by actor Vishnuvardhan at Maharaja College Grounds here on October 13. Music director Guru Kiran and party will perform.
Students of Yuvaraja’s College and Sharada Vilas College will present a ballet and fashion show, respectively, Bihu dance by artistes from Assam, fusion dance by Sridhar Jain and party on October 14. This will be followed by a performance by singer Sunidhi Chauhan.
Barring the rocking show of pop singer Usha Uthup on October 15, there is a big line up of programmes in the evening, starting from puja kunita, fusion dance, rock dance, folk dance, “gottipova” dance, African folk dance and rock show by Swarathma pop band of Bangalore.
Folk dance, Western fusion dance, Dragon dance, “Deepam” dance, various forms of dance and folk dance by the college and university students of Mysore and Hampi will be organised on October 16.
Singer Sonu Nigam will perform on October 17 after performances by local and artistes from other States. On the last day of Yuva Dasara, singer C. Ashwath and party will present “Kannadave Satya”, an evening of Kannada songs.
Officials of State Bank of India and State Bank of Mysore have presented a cheque for Rs 15 lakh to the Dasara committee for organising music programmes on the palace premises.
The banks are sponsoring the cultural event at the palace for the fourth consecutive year.
Bank officials Shivaram and H.C. Anantharam presented the cheque to the Deputy Commissioner on Wednesday.
The Dasara Festivities Committee has proposed to spend Rs. 5 crore on the festivities, but the State Government has released only Rs. 50 lakh.
According to the committee, various events will be sponsored.
Contributions to the tune of Rs. 30 lakh had been received and Cauvery Niravari Nigama has promised Rs. 25 lakh.
“Potholes on city roads will be covered before the festivities begin. But the asphalt work will be taken up after Dasara,” Mr. Deve Gowda said.
“Instead of giving money directly by the Government, its departments and corporations had been asked to release funds for works and events,” he said.