Mysore comes alive with a slew of cultural events

Special Correspondent

‘Yuva Dasara’, ‘Janapada Jatre’ and flower show get under way

MYSORE: It is destination Mysore for the next one week as the city of palaces has come alive with a slew of cultural fares that were inaugurated in the backdrop of the illuminated palace on Saturday.

While the traditional inauguration, entailing religious rituals, was completed atop the Chamundi Hills on Friday, the inauguration of cultural and entertainment programmes was put off by a day as the State was in a period of mourning following the death of the former Chief Minister, S.R. Bommai.

Hence, the cultural programmes including the popular “Yuva Dasara” at the Maharaja’s College grounds, Dasara Exhibition, flower show, “Janapada Jatre”, Heritage Walk and Heritage Tonga Ride, were inaugurated on Saturday. The events drew a large crowd, underlining the immense potential of Dasara to promote tourism.

The duration of the palace illumination that was restricted to two hours from 7 p.m. has been increased by one hour.

On the palace premises, the setting was perfect for cultural programmes which were inaugurated by lighting a lamp and blowing a “Kahale”, a musical instrument, by writer and MLC Chandrashekara Kambara and cine actors Jayanti, and Anu Prabhakar.

This was preceded by a group dance in the honour of Goddess Chamundeshwari choreographed by Krupa Phadke and group song titled “Jai Karnataka Maate”. The palace premises was packed with tourists and local people alike. For the connoisseurs of fine arts, the variety is unlimited. The programmes will be held at eight venues in the city till the completion of the festivities. At the main palace artistes such as Rajiv Taranath, M.K. Saraswathi, Saralaya Sisters, Anuradha Paudwal, Kadri Gopalnath, Narasimhaalu Vadavatti and Hema Malini will perform.

While the palace will continue to hold centre stage till the conclusion of the festivities with “Jumboo Savari” on October 21, the focus of the youth will be the Maharaja’s College grounds which is the venue for “Yuva Dasara”.

On the anvil are performances by Sunidhi Chouhan on Sunday, Usha Uthup and rock band “Swaratma” on Monday and fusion dance by a host of artistes.

Playback singer Sonu Nigam will also perform at the event. The “Yuva Dasara” will conclude on October 18 with the programme “Kannadave Sathya” by C. Ashwath and party.

The Dasara food “mela” was also launched at the public office grounds and the flower show got off at the Curzon Park drawing a large crowd on the first day.

Meanwhile, the palace board officials admitted that there were signs of a good turnout if the response to the festivities on Saturday was any indication. They expect the “fever” to increase and reach a tempo when the 10-day festivities cross the half-way mark. More than 15 lakh people are expected to witness the events that are being held at various venues in the city.

Dasara Air Show is another event that is expected to draw a good response at the Bannimantap grounds. There will be no entry fee to witness the Indian Air Force fighter planes that will flypast the grounds after aerobatic display. In a bid to encourage more public participation in the festivities, the authorities have organised cultural programmes at the Jaganmohan Palace, Kalamandira, Town Hall, Veene Seshanna Bhavan, Natana Rangamantapa, Sri Krishna Gana Sabha and Rajendra Bhavan where artistes will perform daily during the festivities.

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