Padma Shree Award winner Mrs. Sudha Murthy, Infosys Foundation Chairperson, social activist, philanthropist and writer and wife of Infosys Co-founder Narayana Murthy inaugurated the world famous Dasara festivities on Oct.10 atop the iconic Chamundi Hills at 7.30 AM.
Susha Murthy was accompanied by Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy, district in-charge minister G T Devegowda , Tourism Minister Sa Ra Mahesh, MP Prathap Simha, and several ministers at the occasion. Hundreds of people witnessed the inaugural ceremony of the 10-day festival.
Paying tributes to the royal family of Mysuru, Mrs. Sudha Murthy said the State owed the Mysuru Maharajas for protecting Kannada heritage and culture by organizing the Nada Habba Dasara during their reign.
After the inauguration, Sudha Murthy announced that the Infosys Foundation would spend Rs 25 crore to construct houses in flood-hit Kodagu district. Sudha Murthy said Infosys will construct the houses for the people in Kodagu and asked the government to provide other facilities such as roads and drinking water.
The origin of the festival is rooted in mythology. Dasara was celebrated by the rulers of Vijayanagar empire (1336 AD to 1646 AD) and documented by Medieval travelers such as Abdur Razzak of Persia and Domingo Paes of Portugal. The tradition was inherited by the Wadiyars and the scale and grandeur of their celebrations made Dasara synonymous with Mysuru.
This 10-day naada habba showcases the best of the ancient and modern cultural practices of the State. From classical music and dance to latest from the world of Indipop, and adventure sports to conventional track and field events, the range and repertoire of events are vast.
An interesting aspect of Mysuru Dasara is its celebrations by the members of the Wadiyar family inside the palace with all the trappings of regalia, complete with the golden throne, ‘khas durbar’, caparisoned elephants, and the royal procession.
The highlight of the Jambu Savari will be the procession of tableaus and folk artistes and caparisoned elephant Arjuna carrying up the ‘Golden howdah’ with the idol of Goddess Chamundeshwari.
The grand finale – the famed Jamboo Savari (Vijayadashmi procession) – will begin from the palace premises on October 19.