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Sound and light show at Mysore Palace runs into rough weather

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CAUGHT IN A ROW: Despite many trial runs, the sound and light show at Mysore Palace is yet to take off. Photo: M.A. Sriram
CAUGHT IN A ROW: Despite many trial runs, the sound and light show at Mysore Palace is yet to take off. Photo: M.A. Sriram

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The project will not be cleared unless the script is revised: Jayakumar

  • Srikantadutta Narasimharaja has alleged disrespect to the royal family in the script
  • The show will not be inaugurated during "dasara" for it will mislead tourists and the public regarding the history of Mysore, says Minister

    MYSORE: The sound and light show project at Mysore Palace has been deferred. It will not be cleared unless the script is revised.

    A meeting of officials chaired by district in-charge Minister D.T. Jayakumar discussed the issue, which has sparked a controversy following objections by the scion of the royal family and the former MP Srikantadutta Narasimharaja Wadiyar. He threatened to seek a stay order alleging disrespect to the royal family in the script.

    The script was prepared by scholar Lingadevaru Halemane. Some people had questioned the Government for not vesting the responsibility with a historian.

    Organisations such as the Mysore Heritage Trust and Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage have objected to the lack of mention of the contribution of the Wadiyars to the socio-cultural development of the State.

    The sound and light project was mooted a few years ago and the then Chief Minister S.M. Krishna laid foundation stone for it in 2003. It ran into rough weather when the authorities constructed a cement masonry wall as the seating gallery, marring the beauty of the palace and it was stayed by the Government.

    District-in-charge Minister D.T. Jayakumar said that the show would not be ready by "dasara" and the script had run into problems.

    A meeting convened by the Minister was attended by Deputy Commissioner S. Selvakumar; Tourism Commissioner G. Kumar Naik; and Lingadevaru Halemane.

    The Government would constitute a committee of experts and revision of the script was an option they would explore, he said. "It is our fault that we vested the responsibility of preparing the script with only one person," he added.

    Mr. Jayakumar said that the show would not be inaugurated during "dasara" this year since it would mislead the tourists and the general public regarding the history of Mysore. A meeting comprising historians, scholars, researchers, and litterateurs would be constituted to revise the script if need be and suggest changes, he said.

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