Mysuru: Dasara cultural programmes at Mysore Palace got off to a traditional start on Thursday.
Kannada and Culture Department conferred Rajya Sangeetha Vidhwan award on Mridanga vidwan A V Anand.
After receiving the award Anand described Mysuru as one of his favorite cities.
“The cultural legacy of the city attracts me. The contributions of erstwhile rulers of Mysuru Nalwadi Krishnaraja Wadiyar and Jayachamaraja Wadiyar are memorable. Jayachamaraja Wadiyar had even appreciated my concerts,” said Anand.
Jayachamaraja Wadiyar composed kritis in carnatic classical music, Hindustani and western music. He had an authority on music and vidwans in Mysuru court were maestros. T Chowdaiah was one among them. I had participated in hundreds of concerts with them. I am happy about that,” reminisced Anand.
Earlier, Legislative Assembly Speaker Vishweshwara Hegde Kageri and Legislative Council Chairman Basavaraj Horatti inaugurated the cultural programmes by lighting the lamp.
In his address, Kageri said “Mysuru Maharajas laid a foundation for democracy with the founding of Prajapratinidi Sabhe. It was a great leap in democratic setup. Mysuru has made unforgettable contributions to Karnataka and India. We celebrate Navaratri to gain power to fight the evil.”
Starting from Thursday up to October 13, various cultural programmes are lined up at the Palace stage.
Owing to Covid restrictions only a few public and tourists attended the inaugural session.
The district administration has arranged live streaming of all the programmes.
– Team Mysoorunews