The University College of Fine Arts for Women, Manasagangotri, is organising a two-day music festival dedicated it to the former ruler of Mysore, Jayachamaraja Wadiyar, who was a great patron of art and music, on its campus from November 8.

The festival is being held with assistance from endowment established by the Malavalli Foundation Trust, whose managing trustee was Malavalli S. Narayanaswamy, who had served as ‘Huzoor Secretary’ under Jayachamaraja Wadiyar. The endowment was instituted by Malavalli S. Narayanaswamy and Indiramma family by donating a sum of Rs. 5 lakh, according to a press release by the principal of the college here on Monday.

The royal family of Mysore, belonging to the Yadu dynasty, were great patrons of fine arts and their contribution to Mysore’s prosperity was immense. Jayachamaraja Wadiyar was a well-known philosopher, acclaimed musician, lover of literature and expert in administration. Wadiyar was an adept in Carnatic classical as also western music. His compositions under the title, ‘Jayachamarajendra Granthamala’, comprising 35 works were notable indeed, the statement said.

Wadiyar composed 96 works contributing and enriching the world of music, and it is apt to remember him by organising the music festival, the statement added. Wadiyar used to write under pen name, ‘Sri Vidya’.

The Maharaja had conferred the ‘Rajasabhabhushana’ title on Malavalli S. Narayanaswamy for his acumen in administration. The endowment plans to bring out books, organise intercollegiate quizzes and other competitions, and appraise the contributions of Jayachamaraja Wadiyar.

Mysore district in-charge Minister V. Srinivas Prasad is expected to inaugurate the festival at 11 a.m. on the college premises on November 8. Vice-Chancellor of the University of Mysore K.S. Rangappa would preside.

Vidwan S. Shankar would talk on the ‘raaga’ and ‘taala’ aspects of one of Wadiyar’s compositions. Vidwan Anoor Anantakrishna Sharma and party would render ‘Amogha Laya Lahari’ programme in the evening.

On November 9, H.L. Chandrashekar would present a talk on ‘Wadiyar Drishtiyalli Dattatreya’ at 10.30 a.m. while Vidwan Bellary Raghavendra would give a demonstration on ‘Sri Jayachamaraja Wadiyaravara Srividyankita Rachanegala Vaishishstyategalu’. Registrar of the University of Mysore C. Basavaraju would preside over the valedictory at 5 p.m. followed by music performance.

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