MYSORE: Mysore’s premier foundation for Indian arts, Brahmavidya, which celebrates the birth anniversary of its much-loved Maharaja Sri Jayachamaraja Wadiyar Bahadur every year, is organising a four-day cultural extravaganza from July 18 to 21 at Jaganmohana Palace auditorium to mark his 91st birthday, in collaboration with the Urs community.
Organising executive of the foundation R.S. Nandakumar in a release here on Thursday said that the erstwhile Princesses of Mysore Vishalakshidevi, Indrakshi Devi and Kamakshidevi would be the royal guests.
Union Minister for Law and Justice M. Veerappa Moily would inaugurate and receive the prestigious “Rajayogindra Award” instituted by the foundation to felicitate a great personality who has contributed to the development of society. Dignitaries including Parliamentary Secretary to CM, S.A. Ramadas, MLA Gouribidanur N.H. Shivashankara Reddy, Bagepalli MLA Sampangi, V.S. Shukla of Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts and Secretary Department of Kannada and Culture B.R. Jayaramaraje Urs would participate in the inaugural function. Recipient of Sangeet Nataka Academy Award R. Satyanarayana would preside.
Two sets of compact discs containing rare and unpublished compositions of Sri Jayachamaraja Wadiyar would be released on the occasion and works by Dr. R. Satyanarayana and Hanumanthanayak Dore, Special Officer, Music University, would also be released. A special musical ensemble, “Shatakanta Gayana”, would be the major attraction as one hundred musicians from Chintalapalli Parampara Trust of Gauribidanur district would render compositions of Carnatic musicians. Various charities in memory of Sri Jayachamaraja Wadiyar would be distributed on the occasion.
The cultural events include Bharatanatyam by Radhika Nandakumar; Carnatic music by Sukanya Prabhakar; flute recital by C.A. Sridhar, vocal concert by Kanchana sisters; Hindustani vocal concert by Nagaraja Hawaldar; Carnatic music concert by H.S. Nagaraj; and a musical drama based on a novel by Aa. Na. Krishnaraya would enthrall art lovers of Mysore for four days, he said.
Jayachamaraja Wadiyar was the 25th and the last Maharaja of the princely state of Mysore from 1940 to 1950. He was a noted philosopher, musicologist, political thinker and philanthropist.
He was a connoisseur of both western and Carnatic music and an acknowledged authority on Indian philosophy. He helped the western world to discover the music of a little known Russian composer Nikolai Karlovich Medtner. Medtner’s third piano concert is dedicated to him.