Pride of city
Irresistible fragrance of Mysore mallige (jasmine), mouth watering Mysore Pak, distinct Mysore Sandalwood, elegant Mysore Silk, tangy Mysore Betel leaf, tasty Nanjangud Rasabale...
Mysore’s famed products that has made the city of palaces carve a niche market to promote them is on display under one roof at ‘Namma Mysooru’ an exhibition organised at Regional Museum of Natural History (RMNH), Siddarthanagar in the city.
The exhibition that begins with the portrait of Mahishasura, the demon from whom the name of the city is derived, introduces the visitors to the specialties of the region.
Apart from giving the real view of the products, information in the form of story behind their origin, family and its usage kindles and rekindles the interest of the visitors.
Mysore Mallige has a botanical name Jasminum Grandiflorum and belongs to the family of oleaceae, jasminum genus and grandiflorum species. Mention must be made of ‘Mysore Pak’ which still sets hunger pangs at its very sight. It was from the cook of the Wadiyars the erstwhile rulers of Mysore, Kakasura Madappa the sweet made of besan, ghee and sugar saw its birth.
Interestingly, the sweet got its name when the maker spontaneously reacted to the query of the maharaja. The sweet became a household name with Madappa’s son Basavanna opening a shop that was later shifted to Sayyaji Rao road in 1954 and still caters to the taste buds under the name ‘Guru Sweets’.
Likewise, the products of Mysore sandalwood; soaps and powder, types of Mysore silk; mulberry, yarn, muga, eri, Mysore betel leaf, Nanjangud Rasabale a variety of banana, Mysore Brinjal, Bandur sheep more popular as Bannur sheep (only portrait), Mysore Lac and Paints, Mysore Taxidermy, Mysore Paintings, Mysore Peta, Mysore inlay works, Mysore Masaldosa and Mysore Agarbathi form the exhibits here suffice to make the expo a must visit.
How many know that the Mysore had the first ever taxidermy company in India in the name of Vaningen and Ingen established in the year 1890. It closed doors after 109 years of its existence in the year 1999. A replica of Mysore Palace with special lighting arrangements greets the visitors.
More such interesting facts that made ‘Namma Mysore replete with unique brands’ are on the view here. The exhibition will remain open up to one month.
Executive director of zoo B P Ravi was aptly dressed in traditional Mysore silk shirt, dhoti and shalya. Deputy commissioner P S Vastrad inaugurated the exhibition.
Scientist in-charge of the museum C Rajasundaram was present.