Cultural events to be scaled down

Last Updated 18 September 2014, 19:19 IST

The State government has agreed to scale down the cultural programmes organised in front of the Mysore Palace as part of Nada Habba Mysore Dasara scheduled to start on September 25.

This follows a request from Pramoda Devi Wadiyar, wife of the late royal scion Srikantadatta Narasimharaja Wadiyar. The district administration held a meeting with her on Thursday.
Addressing a joint media briefing at the Palace after the meeting, Revenue and district in-charge Minister V Sreenivas Prasad announced that the government would organise the cultural programmes in keeping with the sentiments of the royal family.

Prasad, who had earlier announced that there would be “surprise” development ahead of Dasara, described Thursday’s development as that surprise. He claimed that the meeting had put an end to all the controversies that had clouded preparations for the celebrations.

As suggested by Pramoda Devi, the Dasara Executive Committee at the district level (led by Prasad) and the High-powered Committee at the State level under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Siddaramaiah will decide over the programmes, Prasad said.
He said that the cultural programmes will be dedicated to Srikantadatta Narasimharaja Wadiyar.

Cooperation Minister H S Mahadeva Prasad, who is also the vice-president of the Dasara Executive Committee, said that only vocal music programmes will be conducted, with thrust on Carnatic classical and Hindustani classical concerts, omitting dance and other performances.

Earlier Pramoda Devi said, “I had suggested that the cultural programmes only in front of the Palace be scaled down, as the Palace is our dwelling.”

Quoting a Sanskrit verse, Pramoda said, “When the king is not on the throne, no rejoicing events can be held.” She clarified that the family was not in the mourning period and that Dasara is a religious ritual which cannot be stopped for any reasons, as per the palace customs.

Pramoda Devi said it has been a tradition for the government to seek the golden howdah for ‘jamboo savari’ every year, by offering a honorarium, not royalty as reported in the media.

(Published 18 September 2014, 19:19 IST)

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