Mysore:Jnana Peetha award recipient litterateur Dr Chandrashekar Kambara officially inaugurated ten-day Dasara Utsav by offering flowers to goddess Chamundeshwari, amidst the huge crowd gathered at the foothill of Chamundi Hills on Saturday October 5 at 10.45am.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr Kambara said that Dasara celebrations are well known across the country, while Mysore royals gave significance to Kannada in its celebration. The present Dasara Utsav is the blend of new and old that indeed depicts the cultural splendour of motherland. “Karnataka that has faced no clear-majority in assembly elections in the past, has a government with a clear-majority, which has added flavour to the celebrations this year,” said Dr Kambara. He also advised to be vigilant that traditional cultural hierarchy loses sheen as the winds of change cannot be withstood and change ought to be continuous, advised Dr Kambara.
Dr Kambara urged the people to choose the good over bad as the scientific innovations are taking place every minute. He also expressed concern over rural culture is losing sheen owing to globalization.
CM Siddaramaiah said that the state witnessed moderate rains and majority of dams are already full, bringing happiness to people. It would ease the electricity woes and hope the row over Cauvery River water sharing will not emerge, hoped CM Siddaramaiah.
“I have seen Dasara celebrations during the erstwhile Mysore rulers and after Independence. I am proud to attend Dasara celebration for the first time after becoming CM,’ said CM Siddaramaiah. Navaratri celebrations are essential to defeat the evil forces which is the need of hour in Karnataka, said CM Siddaramaiah. He also prayed for enlightenment to fascist forces, which are planning to divide the country.
CM Siddaramaiah honoured Dr Kambara and district-in-charge minister Srinivas Prasad honoured CM Siddaramaiah on the same occasion.
MLA G T Deve Gowda presided over the function.
The state ministers H C Mahadevappa and Umashree, MLA’s M K Somashekar, Vasu and Tanveer Shet, Mayor Rajeshwari, DC Shikha and others were present on the occasion.
Earlier, Dr Kambara, CM Siddaramaiah, district-in-charge minister Srinivas Prasad and other dignitaries were accorded grand welcome accompanied by traditional folk-artistes.
The entire Chamundi Hill was decorated in traditional flavour and that wore festive mood.
Private “Darbaar” begins:
As the motion was set for Dasara Utsav at Chamundi Hill, Mysore king Srikiantadatta Odeyar wore the royal attire and performed traditional practices with the view of giving a private audience on Dasara. He wore the golden attire and majestically sat on the throne. The puja was offered to palace jumbo, horse and cow on the same occasion.