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Mysore Dasara attracts 6-lakh Crowd

The 10-day Dasara ended on the Vijaya Dasami day on October 13 in Mysore. About six lakh people, a lesser crowd than in the previous years witnessed the Vijaya Dasami procession amdist a thin drizzle and overcast sky, which later played spoilsport for the torchlight parade.

The colourful Dasara procession wended through towards Banni Mantap, where the torchlight parade was held, from the Palace. Mysore had seen heavy rain in the early morning and the overcast sky was threatening the day's gala event. People assembled enroute with umbrellas and caps and were prepared for a downpour. However, it did not affect the procession, which began at 12 noon from the Palace north gates.

Chief Minister Dharam Singh worshipped the Nandi Dhwaja, the sacred flagstaff, which was at the forefront of the hour-long procession at 12 noon. Later at 12-20 p.m. at the foreground of the Palace, he offered flower petals at the Goddess Chamundeswari, seated inside the 850-kg golden howdah, placed atop Balarama, the Ambari elephant, who carried the golden howdah for the eighth year in succession. Two female elephants, Mary and Kanthi flanked the Balarama.

Besides the Chief Minister, his wife and grand-daughter, District incharge Minister Tanveer Sait, scion of Mysore royal family Srikanta Datta, in the traditional dhoti, Deputy Commissioner Selva Kumar and Bharati were present on the specially erected dais in front of the Palace.

As the Chief Minister showered petals on the idol of Goddess Chamundeswari, a 21- gun salute was offered, to herald the inauguration of the Vijaya Dasami procession.

The Nandi Dhwaja flag staff, which was carried by N.Mallesh of Gowri Shankar Nandi Dhwaja, Mahadevappa of Gowrishankara Nandi Dhwaja Sangha and Nagaraj of Basaveswara Nandi Dhwaja Kunitha, Then came around 200 mridanga players, all in a group playing on the mridanga instrument. This was followed by over 30 folk dancers' troupes.

The folk dances consisted of Veeragase Kunith by K.N. Mahesh and troupe of Mysore taluk, Garudi Kunitha by Krishnegowda and party of Pandavapura and Nagaraj of Srirama Yakshagana and Garudi Gombe Mela, Nanjangud taluk, Dollu Kunitha by Kanneswara Janapada Kala Sangha, Shimoga and Kalidasaiah Mamdali of Gadag, Chitte Mela by Gangamalika Devi Sangha of Hassan, Pata Kunitha by Boregowda and party of Hassan, Hejje Kunitha by Kalmeshvara Kreeda Havyasi maththu Samskruthika Sangha of Bagalkot, Veeragase Kunitha by Basaveswara Veeragase Janapada Kala Thamda and Adichunchanagiri Mutt, both of Mysore.

Jhanj Pathak by Chandramouleswara Kreeda Sangha of Gadag and Rajiv Gandhi Yuva Shakthi Sangha, also of Gadag, Veeragase Kunitha by Veerabhadreswara Veeragase Kala Sangha of Chamarajanagar and Veerabhadreswara Veeragase Havyasi Kala Sangha of Davangere, Veeragase by women's troupe of Chikkamagalu district Janapada artistes' federation, Chitaki Bhajane by Ramareddy of Rudrakshi Yallamma Chitaki Bhajane Sangha of Bidar, Kolata by Basaveswara Yuvakara Sanga and Madakari Nayaka Yuvakara Sanga, both of Mysore.

Pooja Kunitha by Channamarigowda of Bangalore rural district, Karaga by Ramesh Kalmadi of Sangama Janapada Kala Mela of Udupi, Byanjo mEla by Krishna Byanjo Mela of Gadag, Lambani dance by Mylaralingeswara Lambani Mahila Sangha of Davangere, Kradi Majalu by Ramesh and party of Periyapatna taluk, Goravara Kunitha by Mallikarjuna Goravara Kala Thanda and Bhaktha Kanakadasa Goravara Kala Thanda of Chamarajanagar, Nrutya Kamsale by Mahadeveswami troupe of Chamarajanagar, Chikkamariyappa and troupe and Kamsale Siddaramaiah of Mysore, Jhanj Pathak by Dr B.R. Ambedkar Jhanj Kala Mela and Rudrananda Yuvaka Mandali of Dharwad and Kamsale by Kamsale Mahadevaiah of K.Madashetty and party of Mysore.

Sanadi Vadana by Manappa Bhajanti and party of Koppala, Sambala by K.Manjappa and party of Bellary, Nagari and Tamate by Kathi Muneswara Nagari Thanda and C.Manjunath of Mysore, Urume Vadya by Shivakumar and party of Chitradurga, Onake Kunitha by Y.B.Prakash of Mysore, Datti Kunitha by Dr. Ninganna Sannakki of Belgaum, Keelu Kudure by M.Velu and party of Mysore, Jhanj Pathak by Swabhimana Jhanj Pathak Yuvaka Mandali of Belgaum, Navilu Nrutya by Janapada Navilu Nrutya Kala Thanda of Bangalore, Jaggahalige by Venkappa Puli of Dharwad, and Bhoota Nrutya by Ranjit Shetty and party of Udupi.

In between them, marched 20 tableaux from various government departments and agencies and different districts. The Tibetan settlers of Bylakuppe in Periyapatna taluk exhibited traditional pipe and mask dances.

The tableaux included 'Karnataka Ekeekarana Swarna Mahothsava' by BEML Kannada Sangha, Mysore, 'Vijnaneswara Mithakshara' by Gulbarga Zilla Panchayat, Mahanavi Dibba by Bellary ZP, 'Balyakke Bedi Beda' by Department of Labour, which won a prize as best tableau, 'Madhyapana Mryutuvige Ahwana' by Madhyapana Samyama Mandali, 'Shirahatti Fakeeraswamy Temple' by Gadag ZP, 'Bale Mantapa' by Chamarajanagar ZP, 'Rain Water Harvesting and Water Conservation' by Department of Information, 'Mahamastakabhiseka of Sravanabelagola Gommateswara' by Hassan ZP, Kempegowda of Magadi' by Bangalore ZP, 'Gol Gumbaz' by Bijapur ZP, 'Pattadakal Galaganatha Temple' by Department of Tourism, 'Jattinga Rameswara' by Chitradurga ZP, 'Food science from home to home' by the Central Food Technological Research Institute, Mysore, 'from stone to computer' by the Department of Public Library,'Akshara Mattu Anna Dasoha by Siddaganga Mutt' by Tumkur ZP, 'Market-IT market information' by the Karnataka Agricultural Marketing Federation 'Indian Postal System; by Postal Department, 'Sarvadharma Samanwaya' by Dasara Tableaux Sub-committee, and 'Anakonda Ishwara Temple' by Davangere ZP.

The dozen elephants decorated with paintings of 'Ganda Bherunda' and overflowing clourful cloth on their back, Palace items like the gun carriages, Naupat and Nishan elephants, elephant carriage with a police band unit playing Karnatak music, golden palanquin, silver chariot, camels, mounted guards and Palace honours and Durbar dress officials of the Forest Department reminded the old Dasara of the Maharajas' period.

As a finale came the colourful torchlight parade in the evening at Banni Mantap grounds, after the procession reaches there around 6 p.m. Governor Chaturvedi received salute at the marchpast and accompanied by the CM witnessed the thrilling shows, which included laser show and cracker bursting.

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