Tableaus show State's hue, culture
Cultural troupes stage heart throbbing performance
The ten-day Dasara festival concluded with the colourful jumboo savari along with tableaus. Spectators had an opportunity to revisit cultural heritage of the land.
37 tableaus portraying folk culture dominated the show, while themes of tradition and history of Dasara celebration in various regions, other festivals, marriage tradition, religious celebrations, handicrafts and cottage industry along with a few of them belonging to various boards in the State, attracted audience attention.
‘Dasaras’ within Dasara
The procession was glorified by celebration of the Dasara festivals in various regions. Bellary zilla panchayat, the first tableau unfolded the celebrations at Vijayanagara empire ‘Mahanavami Dibba,’ signifying magnificent and colourful festival.
It was followed by the Mandya tableau portraying the grandeur of the celebration at Srirangapatna Ranganatha Swamy Temple. It defined the festivities started by Raja Wadiyar at Srirangapatna, the earlier province of Wadiyar empire. Kodagu tableau displayed the celebration in the district.
Mysore zilla panchayat manifested the celebration at Mysore Palace during the reign of Wadiyars.
Davanagere district represented folk food system in comparison with the present one. Present population is affected with many modern diseases and consumption of tablets has ruled people’s lives.†
Chamarajanagar district logged folk and ayurvedic diet for a healthy life. Basavanna fair, Dharmaraya temple fair and ‘groundnut parishe’ orgnaised at temple in Basavanna temple at Basvagudi of Bangalore mainly organised to enjoy eating groundnuts was done by Bangalore city zilla panchayat, while Bangalore rural recalled transportation tradition of humans- from walk to aircrafts.†
Various festivities of the land took a centre stage portraying celebration of festivals of traditional importance. Tableaus exposing marriage tradition in State concentrated on that of tribe, which is deteriorating with onslaught of modernism.
The attires, various pujas which are a part of marriage and other aspects were clearly explained. Shimoga, Chikamagalur, Dakshina Kannada, Uttara Kannada tableaus differently explained the tradition followed in ‘Malenadu,’ while Hassan district attested the marriage system of Bayaluseeme.†
Bidar district displayed the ‘bidari art’ which reached India from Persia through a Mughal emperor. Amazing pots and other items made of black soil embellished with golden paint on the tableaus amazed audience.† Meanwhile in a bid to create awareness on various schemes of government and social evil, Information Department explained the ‘sakala scheme’ and Temperance Board explained ill-effects of alcohol consumption which invites death.
The tourism department depicted the richness of art of the land. Two tableaus of Dasara Tableau sub committee threw light upon visit of Swamy Vivekananda to Mysore before leaving to America and another propounded principles of Ambedkar. The State Bank of Mysore tableau in its form explained the centenary celebration of the bank established by Krishnaraja Wadiyar IV. A tableau of Cauvery Niravari Nigam demonstrated reservoirs of Kabini and Krishna Raja Sagara.
Apart from these, various cultural troupes were in competition to steal the show. Dollu kunitha, hagalu veshas, kamsale, navilu kunitha, Veerabhadra kunitha, maragalu kunitha, dances of tribals-gorava, lambani, koraga and soliga made people to tap their feet to the beat of tribal significance. Tibetan dance performed by residents of Bylukuppe, nandi dhwaja dance, kolata performed by girls, devarattam- dance of Tamil Nadu† awed spectators.