Highlights of the major Mysore Dasara programmes for 2004
The famous Mysore Dasara formally commenced from October 15 and will conclude on October 23 with the colourful Vijaya Dasami procession and torch-light parade. Several programmes are arranged during the eight-day festivities, including a few new ones.
Mahajaras Palace: Illumination - From October 14 to October 22 daily from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. On October 23 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on account of Vijaya Dasami Admission for Tourists: October 14 - 1.00 p.m. to 5-30 p.m. October 15 1.30 p.m. to 5-30 p.m. October 22 2-30 p.m. to 5-30 p.m. October 23 No entry (Admission to see the Palace remains unchanged on the rest of the days. Admission is by tickets).
Chamundeswari Temple: Veteran educationist Dr.H.Narasimhaiah inaugurated Dasara festivities on October 15, Deputy Chief Minister Siddaramaiah presided, Revenue Minister M.P.Prakash chief guest, In front of Chamundeswari Temple, Chamundhi Hills, 6-45 a.m.to 7-03 a.m.
Special Poojas will be conducted in the mornings and evenings to the presiding diety of Mysore Goddess Chamundeswari in the Temple from October 15 to October 23. Rathothsava (Car Festival): On October 29, Theppothsava (Floating Festival): On October 30 evening.
Dasara Exhibition: Industries Minister P.G.R.Sindhia to inaugurate the 76-day Dasara Exhibition, Deputy Chief Minister Siddaramaiah to preside, Labour Minister Tanveer Sait chief guest, at Doddakere Grounds (opposite Palace Main Gate), Starts from October 15, open in the evenings daily, Entry tickets Rs.10.
Dasara Wrestling : Labour Minister Tanveer Sait inaugurates wrestling matches on October 15, Zilla Panchayat President K.C.Balaram chief guest, Devaraja Urs Multipurpose Sports Stadium, Dasara Exhibition premises, 3-30 p.m., daily matches by veteran wrestlers, admission by ticket, evening.
Maharajas Palace: Music festival by renowned musicians of India, Inauguration by veteran Kannada writer and former Vice-Chancellor Dr.Chandrashekara Kambara, Mayor Dakshina Murthy presides, Specially erected dias, in front of Palace, October 15 at 6 p.m. Concerts daily from 6-30 p.m. Admission by tickets. General public are allowed free of cost at the open place.
The music programmes are:
October 15 Saxophone and Clarionet Jugal Bandi (duet) by Kadri Gopalanath and Narasimhalu Vadavati.
Karnatak music and Hindustani music Jugal Bandi (duet) by T.N.Seshagopalan
and Ganapathi Bhat
October 17 Sugama Sangeeth (Light music) by C.Aswath, Y.K.Muddukrishna, Kasthrui Shankar, Puttur Narasimha Naik, Archana Udupa, Sadashiva Patil, H.Phalguna, Sunanda Dileep, R.V.Anupama.
October 18 Hindustani Vocal by Pandit Bhimsen Joshi.
October 19 Karnatak vocal music by Dr.R.K.Srikantan.
October 20 Karnatak violin solo by Dr.L.Subramanyam and party.
October 21 Sitar by Usthad Balekhan and Violin by Mysore M.Nagaraj Jugal Bandi (duet).
October 22 Gazal by Pakaj Udhas.
Jaganmohan Palace: Cultural programmes by State artistes are arranged daily from 6 p.m.
Flute recital by Ramanna of Bangalore Ballet by Lalitha Srinivasan of
Nupura Troupe, Bangalore.
Veena recital by Anuradha Madhusudhan, Bangalore. Hindustani music by
Pandit Somanath Maradur,
Dasa Sankeerthan by Geethavihara, Kasaragod. Dance by Rohith and Rashmi,
Rasavrinda Artistes, Mysore
October 21 Veena recital by Geetha Krishnamurthy,Delhi. Hindustani music by Parameswara Hegde,Bangalore.
Town Hall: Folk dances and drama from October 15 to 22, daily at 6-30 p.m.
October 15: Dollu Kunitha by Basaveswara Dollina Sangha, Shimoga Sambashivana Prahasana, drama by Mandya Ramesh, Natana Thamda, Mysore.
October 16: Ummathat
by Kaveri Womens College, Virajpet, Kodagu. Dakshayajna
play by M.P.Raju and troupe,
October 18: Datti Kunitha by Ramappa, Kallappa Nayaka, Belgaum. Sri Krishna Parijatha: by Sakravva Yallavva Pathrota, Belgaum.
October 19: Puravanthike by Sambanna Simpi, Gulbarga. Smashana Kurukshetra, play by Shankrayya Ghanti, Samudaya troupe, Gulbarga.
October 20: Goravara
Kunitha by Shivamalle Gowda, Chamarajanagar. Vrusha Sena Yakshagana
by Sridhara Handhe,
October 21: Soubhagya
Lakshmi, play by Sriranga Sanga, Mysore Sangolli Rayanna,
play by Beereswara Kannada
October 22: Lambani
folk dance by K.R.Umesh Naik, Chickmagalur. Loka Chakra, play
by M.P.Ravi, Ranga Bharathi
Kala Mandira: Music and dance programmes Bharatheeyam by popular artistes of Karnataka daily from 6 p.m., Hunsur Road.
October 15 Sugama Samgeeth (light music) by Mysore Rangaswamy, Mysore, Basavaraju, Chamarajanagar, Prasad, Hassan, Sudha Manjunath, Mysore, Lalitha Raman, Mysore,
Dance feature Vidya Ravishankar and troupe, Mathruka Dance School, Bangalore
October 16 Karnatak vocal music by Sangeetha Kishan, Bangalore. Dance feature by Parimala Guruswamy of Bharata Natya Dance School, Bangalore.
Mohini Attam by Kerala Troupe. Dance opera by Sathya S.Hebbar, Natyanjali
October 19 Folk
programme by Rajasthan and Gujarat artistes. Dance feature by Sridhar
October 20 Folk dance by Jammu-Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh artistes. Violin by T.S.K.Music School, Bangalore
October 21 Folk dance by Goa, Madhya Pradesh artistes. Hindustani vocal by Pandit Hanumantha Rao Gonavara, Bangalore.
October 22- Folk Lavani by Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal artistes. Karnatak vocal by Thara Rajagopal, Kolar.
Veene Seshanna Bhavan: Classical dance and music programmes are arranged at Veene Seshanna Bhavan, Kuvempu Nagar, from October 15 to 22 daily at 6 p.m.
October 15 Flute by Chaithyanya Kumar, Bangalore Hindustani music by Sharanabasava Choudhary, Bijapur Bharata Natya by Soumya, Madikeri.
Stage songs by Vasantha Kumar, Chamarajanagar Harmonium by Yashashri and
October 17 Hindustani music by Kumar Maradur, Dharwad Flute by Rakesh, Mysore Bharata Natya by T.S.Nagar, Tumkur
October 18 Tabla recital by Shanthakumar, Bagalakot Stage songs by G. Kumaraswamy, Mandya Bharata Natya by Hamsa, Hassan
Sugama Sangeetha by Prameela Badami, Haveri Karnatak classical vocal by
October 20 Sugama Sangeetha by S.P.Shruthi, Davangere Folk music by Dingri Narasappa, Raichur Bharata Natya by Anitha and Mithra, Mysore
Hindustani vocal by Kanavi, Gulbarga, Folk music by D.Chandrappa and S.Yekanthappa,
October 22 Hindustani vocal by Viswanath Hiremath, Gadag Sugama Sangeetha by Harsha Prabhakar and Vijay Kumar, Mysore
Bhoomi Geetha (Rangayana) : Popular Kannada plays will be staged at Bhoomi Geetha theatre in Rangayana from October 15 to 23 daily at 6-30 p.m. The date, play name, authors name and directors name are as follows:
October 15 Shoodra Thapasvi Kuvempu C.Basavalingaiah
October 16 Sarasammana Samadhi Dr.Shivaram Karanth Bhagirathibai Kadam
October 17 Krishne Gowdana Aane Poornachandra Tejswai R.Nagesh
October 18 Hamlet William Shakespear (Tr.Prasanna) Prasanna
October 19 Pugulendhi Prahasana S.Ramanath Prasanna
Maya Seetha Prasanga Shakthibhadra (Tr. by Jagadish
Manavarthe) Ramesh Varma
October 22 Saddu Vicharane Nadeyuththidhe Vijay Tendulkar (Tr.Chandrakanth Kusanur) Manjunath Belakere
Heegondu Pranaya Prasanga Srinivasa Prabhu Srinivasa
Manasa Gangotri Open Air Theatre: Yuva Dasara - Dasara cultural programmes for youth are organized at Open Air Theatre in Mysore University Manasa Gangotri campus from October 16 to 22, popular cultural troupes taking part daily in the evening programmes at 5-45 p.m.. Artistes who will present programmes are:
October 16 : Vasundhara Das and Roberto Narayan troupe
October 17: Gurukiran and film actors troupe
October 18: Undercover, Chennai troupe
October 19: Nritharuthya troupe
October 20: Hariharan and Leslie Louis Coloniel Cousins troupe
October 21: Abhinava Arts Centre, Bangalore
October 22: Antharagni troupe and selected artistes.
Apart from these outstation cultural troupes drawn from Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Orissa, Haryana, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Goa, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Manipur and Uttar Pradesh will present programmes from 7 p.m.
Heritage Walk: Guided walk of heritage buildings like Chamarajendra Technical Institute, Devaraja Market, Statue squares, Gandhi Square. Daily from October 16. Heritage tours to nearyby village and heritage buildings, daily.
In the week-long
film festival chosen Kannada language films will be screened at Four Theatres
in Mysore Woodlands, Sterling, Gokul, Shantala and Shree Talkies
and Sharada in Nanjangud and Vijayalakshmi in Srirangapatna daily
from 10-30 a.m. The formal inauguration will take place on October 15
at 10-30 a.m. at Kala Mandira. Admission by
International hockey player Arjun Halappa inaugurates Dasara state-level
sports meet on October 17 at 10 a.m. in Nazarbad. Public Works Minister
H.D.Revanna will preside. Karnataka State Open University Vice-Chancellor
Dr.K.Sudha Rao, Test cricketer Javagal Srinath will be chief guests. On
October 16, the Dasara torch will be brought from Chamundi Temple, atop
Chamundi Hills, to Nimbujamba Temple, near Chamundi Vihar Stadium. MLA
Air Show: Indian Air Force pilots will present a dare-devil air show on October 17 at Banni Mantap grounds at 10 a.m.
Dasara Marathon race for men and women will be conducted on October 19.
The half-marathon race will start at 6 a.m. from Krishnarajasagar (Brindavan
Gardens), about 16 kms from Mysore city. Local MLA Lakshmi Bandisidde
Gowda will flag off the race. IGP Kempaiah will be the chief guest. Mysore
Lok Sabha member M.P.Vijaya Shankar will distribute prizes in the evening.
International basketball player Reshma Chengappa, Karnataka Sports Authority
Vice-Chairman M.B.Shivappa will be chief guests. Vijaya Dasami Procession:
Procession of Goddess Chamundeswari starts from Palace premises in the
golden howdah on elephant back in the afternoon around 2 p.m. Admission
for Palace enclosures is by tickets and invitations.
Gold Cards for tourists: The Karnataka Government is selling Rs.5,000 Gold Cards for Tourists at selected centres to enable them to have free access once to Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens, Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary, Nagarahole Wildlife Sanctuary, Krishnarajasagar-Brindavan Gardens, Dasara Exhibition, Chamundi Temple (VIP darshan), Cultural programmes at Kala Mandira, Jaganmohan Palace, Drama festival at Town Hall, Youth festival at Manasa Gangotri Open Air Theatre, Drama festival by Bhoomigeetha, Dasara wrestling at D.Devaraj Urs Wrestling Ground in Dasara Exhibition, Adventure sports, Horticultural show at Curzon Park, G.R.S.Fantasy Park, and Music programmes in the Palace on all eight days.
It will also ensure seats with car parking facility to witness the Dasara Procession on October 23 and the Torchlight Parade on the same day evening after the procession at Banni Mantap Grounds, with seating and car parking facility. The card also enables discounts from 5 to 30 per cent in selected hotels and shops.