Exhibition of Dasara dolls from Oct 10

‘Nammavaru’ (a group of 150 families from Old Mysuru province who migrated and settled in Mangaluru long ago) will display Dasara dolls as part of Dasara Bombe Pradarshana to showcase the rich culture and heritage of Mysuru region during the Navaratri festival on Sharavu Maha Ganapathi temple premises here from October 10.

Informing the same to reporters here on Friday, Nammavaru organising secretary MS Gururaj said that this year the exhibition would showcase the sanctum sanctorum of Tirupathi Srinivasa. The recreation will comprise 8-feet tall Prabhavali, the idol of Srinivasa and  dwarapalakas outside the sanctum sanctorum - Jaya Vijaya - will be the highlight. The tradition of Haridasas will be unravelled through dolls’ exhibition. The six-feet tall statue of Radha Krishna will also be an attraction, he said.

Gururaj said that more than 1,000 dolls would be on display. Stating that the rich tradition is 500-years-old, he said that it requires a great amount of patience and creativity to arrange the dolls depending on the situation and
theme.

The exhibition will consist of dolls depicting Dashavathara, Ashtalakshmi, Srinivasa Kalyanotsava, Vishnu, Shiva, Krishna, acharyatrayas, Vishwaroopas, Lakshmi, Saraswathi, Kali, different forms of Ganapathi, Garuda, Anjaneya, Anathashayana, various festivals of the region, culture, marriage, upanayana, Satyanarayana pooja. Dolls depicting various dance forms, king and queen, farmers, Mysuru palace, Dasara procession, rural sports, chariots, Geethopadesha, palanquins among others will also be displayed.

The exhibition, being organised for the last 20 years, will be inaugurated by Sharavu Maha Ganapathi Temple Managing Trustee Sharavu Raghavendra Shastri this year.

Karnataka Bank MD and CEO MS Mahabaleshwara and Sharada Educational Institutions Head Prof M B Puranik will be chief guests.

The dolls expo will be held between 4.30 pm and 9 pm till October 19.

Besides the exhibition, everyday between 5.30 pm and 6.30 pm, there will be bhajans by members of various Bhajana Mandali and cultural programmes between 6.30 pm and 8.30 pm. Devotional songs by Ratna S Udupa (Oct 11), Harikatha (prasanaga  Sri Kateel Kshetra Mahatme) by Vaishnavi Rao and Vaibhavi Rao, mandolin concert by Sadguna Aithal (Oct 13), Kannika Muthaide pooja (Oct 14), Sri Sri Lahari by Satsanga Balaga (Oct 15), Dasavani by Keerthan Holla (Oct 16), variety of musical programmes by Nammavaru Balanaga (Oct 17), Mahila Yakshagana Talamaddale by Yaksha Manjula, Kadri (Oct 18). 

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