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Deputy Commissioner's report moots separate ‘Mysore Zilla Utsav' in February

Back to its roots:The Naada Habba should reflect the traditional elements of Mysore Dasara celebrations, such as the famous Jamboo Savari, a report has said.
Back to its roots:The Naada Habba should reflect the traditional elements of Mysore Dasara celebrations, such as the famous Jamboo Savari, a report has said.

Deputy Commissioner Harsh Gupta has suggested that only the traditional elements of Mysore Dasara be retained, while the more recent additions to the event be held as part of Mysore Zilla Utsav in February.

In a report to the Government, Mr. Gupta pointed out that Dasara had become associated with Jamboo Savari, torchlight parade, poets' meet, music concerts, cultural programmes and the Dasara sports meet. The special grant received for the Naada Habba should reflect these traditional and cultural elements, he said.

New events

Other elements that had been incorporated into the celebrations in recent times, including Yuva Dasara, Mahila Dasara, Makkala Dasara, Raitha Dasara, Aahara Mela, Yoga Dasara, Airshow, Rural Dasara, skating and Dasara Darshana, among others, were popular, he admitted. But, these should be conducted as part of Mysore Zilla Utsav in the second or the third week of February, he said in the report.

Passes

The Deputy Commissioner suggested that the passes issued to view the torchlight parade be halved, with the rest of the tickets sold to the public. This would enable tourists, both domestic and international, to view the event, he said.

He called for a transparent mechanism to be put in place for the distribution of passes.

The report took a dim view of the practice of constituting various subcommittees for the events, and said there was no yardstick for the selection of members and chairmen. Members of various subcommittees were more interested in self-promotion, Mr. Gupta claimed.

Permanent order

As the Dasara festivities were conducted under the supervision of senior officers of the administration, these committees were irrelevant, he said.

He also suggested that a permanent standing order be issued to make the Deputy Commissioner the Special Dasara Officer, instead of renewing the order every year. This would help in the smooth conduct of events, as the Deputy Commissioner would be in a better position to assess the strengths and weaknesses of officers and deploy them for suitable tasks during Dasara, the report added.


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