Tableaux procession, cultural troupes steal the show

Tableaux procession, cultural troupes steal the show

Government schemes also highlighted in the tableaux

Tableaux procession, cultural troupes steal the show

Lakhs of people awaiting the “ultimate” part of Dasara, the Jamboo Savari, soaked in the various theme oriented tableaux preceding the elephant with howdah during the elaborate procession. 

While few districts displayed the royal families which ruled the undivided Karnataka region earlier, some of them highlighted the Science and Technology development in their district. A few of the tableaux were adorned with the litterateurs, famous tourist spots and those of historical importance, regional speciality. Tableaux of the different departments underlined the recently launched schemes and projects, works of respective departments. 

First in the line was the tableaux displaying the Bellary district art work which showcased the greatness of Vijayanagar empire, with the idol of Lord Ugranarasimha, followed by Jaganmohan Palace with Nalvadi Krishnaraja Wadiyar on one side and Goddess Chamundeshwari. Bangalore tableaux depicted Kempegowda, while Bijapur district displayed the music durbar during reign of Ibrahim Adil Shah. With the theme of ‘Kannada Saraswatha Lokada Diggajaru (litterateurs of Kannada),’ Belgaum district portrayed the life of Chandrashekar Kambar, while Dharwad showcased the great poets of the district. While Shimoga district had books of Jnanpith awardees of the district, Kolar district showed the life of its writer Masti Venkatesh Iyengar and others like D V Gundappa and K V Iyer. Udupi district depicted the life of writer Shivaram Karanth. 

Among the theme of tourist places, the tableau of Uttar Kannada district ‘Yanakkondu yaana,’ beckoning adventure enthusiasts to visit the spot for a thrilling experience.

 Chikamagalur district presented the beauty of its hills, while Dakshina Kannada district displayed its temples. Chamarajanagar showed off its forest wealth, while Kodagu spoke of its water bodies. 

Hassan district spoke of satellites and its uses, while, Bagalkot displayed agriculture related developments. Chitradurga had wind mills, while Raichur its Hutti gold mines.

The Cave Narasimha Swamy Temple tableau of Bidar, Kala Kaleshwar temple of Gadag, Melukote Cheluvarayaswamy temple tableau of Mandya, saint Kanakadasa of Kaginele tableau of Haveri district, Anegundi Fort Gagan Mahal of Koppal and Mallik Rihana Darga and Rangappa Nayaka Fort of Tumkur spoke of the folk and history of the region. Bangalore rural displayed the silk wealth of its region, while Davangere spoke of its  working class as well as writers. Ramanagara displayed dolls and folk wealth, while Yadagir displayed Nandi and Shankaralinga temple.

The State Information department spoke to the visitors about the government initiatives like  Anna Bhagya and Ksheera Bhagya schemes; Ayush department - Indian medical system; Women and Child department - projects to empower women and children; Temperament Board - ill effects of alcohol; All India Institute of Speech and Hearing - treatments related to speech and hearing; Cauvery Niravari Nigam- conserving water to avoid droughts; Tourism department - adventure sports and Tableau sub-committee - B R Ambedkar and Shivasharana Haralaiah. Tableaux related to Aadhar, State Bank of Mysore also moved along.

Cultural troupes

Cultural troupes from not only Karnataka, but also from different parts of India, stole the show, performing along the procession route. Hagalu vesha, puja kunita, soliga dance, kamsale, keelu kudure, stilt walkers, betta Kuruba’s dance, Koraga dance, Gorava dance, Karadi Majalu, kolata, chitaki bhajan, Somana kunita, dollu kunita and others enthralled the audience. 

Women troupes of dollu kunita, tamate vadana and Lambani dance amused viewers with their wit and humour in their performance. Troupes from Manipur, Madhya Pradesh, Kerala and Punjab performed traditional dances, while the Russians moved with the Bramha Kumaris. Mounted police, police band within the elephant driven cart, English band of cops enthused and kept the audience entertained for over two hours. 

A total of 42 tableaux and 79 cultural troupes formed part of the procession. 

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