Curtains down on Dasara 2007
Mysore famous Dasara celebrations concluded on October 21. With the cancellation of the scheduled programmes on the opening day, October 12, because of the demise of former Chief Minister S.R. Bommai, it was cut down to nine days.
The 2007 Dasara was an all-official celebration, with no peopleâ€™s representatives participating in it. While the Karnataka Assembly is kept under suspended animation because of the failure of the Janata Dal (S) to hand over power to the Bharatiya Janata Party after the first 20 months of the agreed period and the resulting political imbroglio, the elected council of the Mysore City Corporation is yet to be officially constituted.
As a result, the Vijaya Dasami procession was inaugurated by Governor Ramesh Thakur, instead of the Chief Minister as is the general practice. The Governor worshipped the Nandi Dhwaja in front of the Anjaneya Temple at the twin Balarama and Jayarama gates at 2-05 p.m., some 10 minutes behind schedule. At 2-25 p.m., he offered flowers to Goddess Chamundeswari idol placed in the golden howdah atop Balarama and inaugurated the procession in front of the Palace, while huge crowds watched the march. Thakurâ€™s wife, scion of Mysore royal family Srikanta Datta Narasimharaja Wodeyar, Deputy Commissioner N.S.Channappa Gowda and Police Commissioner Bhasker Rao were with him on the platform specially erected for the purpose.
The Dasara procession was a colourful cultural pageantry, tableaux and folk troupes forming a major mix of the march from the Palace to the Banni Mantap grounds.
Unprecedented security of CCTV cameras, metal detectors, sniffer dogs, check points, video recording by some 50 videographers and some 4,000 police personnel drawn from different units marked at all places on all the nine days.
Srikanta Datta Narasimharaj Wodeyar conducted his 10-day rituals and astivities inside the Palace, with a procession on the Vijaya Dasami morning within the Palace fortwalls. This too attracted a number of invitees and pass holders.
Left with very little regal splendour, the tableaux focussed the rich historic and traditional background of Karnataka. Contingents from mofussil parts re-embhasised the rich folk culture prevailing in different parts of the State. The half a dozen royal items from the Palace added glitter to the procession, the chief being the 750 kg golden howdah carried by the richly decoratd tusker Balarama for the 10th year. The other items of the past pageantry were the elephant carriage, gun carriages, the silver palanquin, palace honours, and the painted elephants, including the sacred elephant.
â€˜Soil to sericultureâ€™ by the Sericulture Department, â€˜World peace messageâ€™ by the BEML Kannada Sangha with a model of BEMLâ€™s sophisticated item, agricultural activities of the State Agricultural Marketing Board, â€˜Women empowermentâ€™ by the Department of Information, â€˜Literacy feast for 13,000 childrenâ€™ by Shivakumara Swamiji of Siddaganga Mutt, and â€˜Survarna Vidhana Soudhaâ€™ by Belgaum Zilla Panchayat highlighted the Stateâ€™s progress in different sectors.
Some organizations tried to build up awareness among the spectators on â€˜Safety awarenessâ€™ by Hindustan Petroleum Corporation, â€˜Vitamin Aâ€™ by Swami Vivekananda Movement, â€˜Yoga trainingâ€™ by Pathanjali Yoga Shikshana Samithi, and â€˜Pollution controlâ€™ by the State Pollution Control Board and â€˜Horse Heritageâ€™ by Mysore Heritage Centre on â€˜Making environment cleanâ€™ were among them.
â€˜Narasimharaja and Hampi Templeâ€™ by Bellary, â€˜Traditionâ€™ by Mysore, â€˜Amrutheswara Templeâ€™ by Chikmagalur, â€˜Santhe Bennurâ€™s Tankâ€™ by Davanagere, â€˜Dharwadâ€™s famous artistesâ€™ by Dharwad, â€˜Rajaveera Bichhugathhi Barmanna Nayakaâ€™ by Chitradurga, â€˜Mahayogini Mathe Manikeswariâ€™ by Gulbarga, and â€˜Bababudangiri Hillsâ€™ by Chikmagalur were among the zilla panchayat tableaux focusing on the rich historical and cultural traditions of Karnataka.The folk troupes comprised of over 300 artistes. They exhibited folk arts of their areas like â€˜Beesu Kamsaleâ€™ â€˜Veeragaaseâ€™, â€˜Pooja Kunithaâ€™, â€˜Somana Kunithaâ€™, â€˜Onake Kunithaâ€™, â€˜Keelu Kudureâ€™, â€˜Gaarudi Gombeâ€™, â€˜Huli Veshaâ€™, â€˜Hejje Kunithaâ€™, â€˜Karadi Majaluâ€™, â€˜Kolataâ€™, and â€˜Dollu Kunithaâ€™.
The procession was followed by the torchlight parade, which had to be abandoned halfway because of the rains, and with that the curtains were down on the 10-day celebration.
Despite a good number of cultural programmes like violin by Kunnukudi Vaidyanathan, dance by Hema Malini, musical evening by Usha Uthup, Sonu Nigam and C.Aswath 2007 Dasara attracted a lesser crowd. The response from tourists, more so from abroad, was comparatively less than the previous years.