MYSORE: Get ready to witness an “improved” version of Dasara, the “Nada Habba”, in Mysore, from next week. It is going to world class, if the words of top officials overseeing preparations for the 10-day long festivities are to be believed.
No more disorder, no more chaos, no more harassment to Dasara gold card holders — a perfect Dasara with full of fun, entertainment, and of course celebrations matching the true culture and tradition of Mysore, is in store for tourists.
“I promise you that the upcoming festivities will be memorable one. I have told the new team of officials here to pull their socks up and make foolproof arrangements before the festivities take off,” said I.M. Vittalamurthy, Secretary, Tourism, Kannada and Culture and Information.
Addressing presspersons after reviewing preparations for the festivities, here on Thursday, Mr. Vittalamurthy said, “We need suggestions and advice from everybody. I can say confidently that mistakes will not be repeated as we shall overcome them and treat visitors and tourists with 10-day extravaganza in grand style.”
He said the constitution of non-official sub-committees were just a matter of time as the list of names had been finalised and an order would be issued in a couple of days. In addition to nine sub-committees, two additional sub-committees had been constituted for organising air show, food festival, adventure sports and pet show.
To add newness to the festivities, ‘Janapada Jaatre’ will be held on October 13 and 14. It would showcase folk culture of the land to tourists coming from across the country and the world.
The artistes will then visit Nanjangud, Srirangapatna and Somanathapura, which are also hosting Dasara events, for performances there.
The opening of cultural programmes on the forecourt of Mysore Palace would be re-invented.
Folk artistes and a band comprising 54 members would perform to make the inauguration a splendid one. Noted theatre personality and MLC Chandrashekara Kambara would inaugurate the events and veteran actress Jayanthi would be the chief guest.
Mr. Vittalamurthy said that folk artistes would entertain waiting crowds on select locations along the procession route.
This time, 22 tableaux would participate in the Dasara procession. The Mysore Urban Development Authority (MUDA) and the Mysore City Corporation (MCC) had decided to jointly showcase nine tableaux while the Department of Tourism would present two.
The departments of Information and Kannada and Culture, and the Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation would display one each.
Deputy Commissioner and Dasara Special Officer N.S. Channappa Gowda, Commissioner of the Mysore City Corporation P. Manivannan and Police Commissioner Bhaskar Rao would hold a meeting with the office-bearers of the hotel owners’ association to seek their cooperation to extend good hospitality to tourists.
Auto drivers’ role
The city police, jointly with the Department of Tourism, is holding an orientation programme for 500 autorickshaw drivers and taxi drivers on the importance of treating tourists with respect.
“A helpline will be set up so that tourists call the numbers for help. The police and other departments will also extend help to them in an emergency,” Mr. Vittalamurthy said.
The venue of the food festival had been changed to J.K. Grounds from Town Hall.