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Dasara to be low-key fete this year too
Caught amidst controversies and dogged issues like former Minister H.Nagappa’s abduction by forest brigand Veerappan, the Cauvery water sharing dispute between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu and the drought situation in certain parts of the State on account of Monsoon failure, Mysore’s Dasara celebrations will be a a low-key affair this year too.

The nine-day celebrations is being inaugurated atop the Chamundi Hills on October 7 formally with prayers to Chamundeswari. The historic Vijaya Dasami procession, earlier proposed to be flagged off by the Chief Minister, Mr.S.M.Krishna, on the afternoon of
October 15, has been cancelled. Also the Dasara procession 'Jamboo Savari', torchlight parade, Palace Illumination and cultural programmes are cancelled.

Karnataka’s new Governor V.N.Chathurvedi was to be the chief guest of the colourful torch-light parade at the famous Banni Mantap on the evening of October 15.The eight-days of the festival, starting from October 7, will be more low-key fete with very few tourists expected. However, the over two-month-long Dasara Exhibition will be held the Doddakere Maidan. As part of the Dasara Exhibition, competitions like traditional doll show, Rangoli competition, art display, are being organized. A big batch of dozen
elephants had already arrived in Mysore from the neighbouring forests for the procession on the Vijaya Dasami day on October 15. They will now return to the forests. The Karnataka Government had sanctioned Rs.77 lakhs for organizing the celebrations this yea, but most of it will not be utilized.
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