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Spectacle: The tableau of Women and Child Development Department drew loud applause from the crowds during the Jamboo Savari in Mysore on Monday.
Spectacle: The tableau of Women and Child Development Department drew loud applause from the crowds during the Jamboo Savari in Mysore on Monday.

Staff Correspondent

Tableaus, performances of folk artistes captivate the crowds

101 cultural troupes and tableaus took part in the Dasara procession

The arrangements made for the procession this year was better than previous years

MYSORE: The grand finale of Dasara was marked by a vibrant display of the State’s cultural diversity. The ten-day long festivities concluded with the Jamboo Savari here on Monday. The State’s variety was reflected in the tableaus and the cultural troupes that took part in the Jamboo Savari, which was watched with enthusiasm and admiration by people of all ages, who braved the heat to be there.

This year, a record 101 cultural troupes and tableaus took part in the Dasara procession, which was flagged off on the premises of Amba Vilas Palace by Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa.

Though elephant Balarama, who carried the golden howdah with the idol of Goddess Chamundeshwari on it, and the caparisoned elephants were the cynosure of all eyes at the Vijayadashami procession, the tableaus and the performances of the folk artistes also caught the eye.

Better arrangements

This year, the arrangements made for the procession was better than previous years.

The seating arrangements on the palace premises and also on the procession route were orderly, and gave all those assembled a good view of the procession. After the procession was flagged off around 1.20 p.m., the Karaga artistes and Veerabhadra Kunita artistes took to the street, even as the crowds cheered them on. A group of youngsters from Chikkodi taluk showcased the techniques of “Mallakamba”, the Indian form of gymnastics. This was followed by the performances of Hagaluvesha, Alahi Kunita, Jhanj Pathak, Hulivesha and Goravara Kunita. The crowds swayed to the beats of Jaggale Kunita and Dollu Kunita, peformed by artistes from Dharwad and Davangere districts, respectively.

Veeragase artistes

With colourful costumes and long hair flowing down to their shoulders, Veeragase artistes captivated the crowds, while they danced to the tune of traditional instruments.

‘Sangeeta Souraba’, the tableau with the images of the stalwarts of Hindustani music Gangubai Hangal, Mallikarjun Mansur, Sawai Gandharva, Basavaraj Rajguru and Bhimsen Joshi, highlighted the contribution of the musicians.

The tableaus of the departments of Information, Tourism, Women and Child Development and Public Instruction were praised for their finesse and significance. “Manushya Jathi Tonde Valam”, which attempted to raise awareness among the people on the need to establish a casteless society; the State’s tourism potential with miniature images of important tourist destinations; the empowerment of women and the progress made in school education through Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, were all created by these departments. The tableau on A(H1NI) and dengue from the Health Department attempted to spread awareness on the disease.

The tableaus on Panchalinga Darshana and the architectural wonder of Sri Kalleshwara Temple of Bagali village in Harapanahalli taluk in Davangere distruct were well appreciated.

Gorudi Gombe, Chittimela, Kolata, Puja Kunita, Tamate Vadana, Kani Vadana and Somana Kunita were among the cultural troupes that performed in the procession. With the number of tableaus and more troupes, the procession turned out to be one of the biggest in recent years.

Policemen in uniform and plainclothes moved around the route to keep the crowds in order.

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