Glimpses of culture

EVENTS GALORE

Many musical concerts are taking place in the City .

Even as Mysore is abuzz with Dasara festivities, this City is not lagging behind. Music lovers are getting treated to an array of cultural programmes, organised by associations, pandals and temple trusts, who have been doing it for years together and are getting a good response in the process.

For the past 32 years, the Sri Mangala Karumariamman Temple Trust, has been organising cultural programmes during Dasara, where musicians and dancers come together and provide a glimpse of devotional songs and performances.

“We don’t focus on a particular artiste, every year we try and source out different artistes from the City and give them a chance to perform. Our only permanent dancer, who has been performing for the last 10 years is, Satish Babu and his troupe,” says Prabhavathi from the Trust.

Like them, even Padmavathi Kala Nikethan, an institute of fine arts promoting Indian culture for the last 28 years in the City. are presenting an array of programmes.

Many of the temple trusts hold a puja in the morning and cultural events in the evening. Since these programmes are traditional and has a mythological touch to it, those residents who live closeby, enjoy it tremendously.

Sri Rama Seva Prathishtana Trust organises special Navratri Puja and cultural programmes. The festival sees artistes like Vidushi, Sridevi Garthikere, Vathsala, popular harmonium player Pattabhirama and others.

“This is our second year of celebration.The aim of the programme is to promote music, dance and provide a platform for upcoming artistes. We will be holding it in a temple, where the devotees can come for the darshan in the morning. Evenings will see various artistes performing. With so many apartments and houses around, we have seen a very good response so far and hopefully, it will continue till the end,” say one of the organisers from the Trust.

When Dasara arrives, one of the most talked about event within the City is the ‘J C Nagar Dasara’, which organises a host of cultural events catering to generations across. Baldev Singh from the J C Nagar Dasara Committee says that the committee, along with the people in J C Nagar, have been celebrating the festival in a big way for the past 60 years, with one programme every evening.

“We have an array of programmes with both junior and senior artistes playing, at times we even bring in some playback singers and stars depending on their availability,” he says while adding, “The highlight is the procession on the last day, where everyone gets together on the grounds.”

“Some of the star attractions this year are Srinivas Murthy and Prabhath Kalavedharu. Even the Rajkumar brothers may visit the place,” he says. With good response, most of the organisers are very happy, “The response has been good.

Though majority of the crowd comes in on Mondays and Thursdays, the artistes too get a boost and encouragement from the audience,” adds Prabhavathi from Sri Mangala Karumariamman Temple Trust.            

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