2-hour police band enthrals Dasara crowd

ENARADA, Mysuru, October 18, 2015

Cops are not just good at wielding lathi but can also play musical instruments at ease. This was once again proved during the police band concert organised at illuminated Amba Vilas Palace in Mysuru on Sunday night.

Around 500 musicians from 37 troupes from various Karnataka Police Bands enthralled the audience in different forms of music.

2-hour police band enthrals Dasara crowd. Photo by WWW.ENARADA.C
Police band performs musical instruments in Mysuru at ease, as part of Dasara Celebrations. photo by WWW.ENARADA.COM

While the English band performed compositions of WO Keep, WO George, Johannes Brahms, Abba, Boney M, FH Reid and WH Monk, Carnatic troupe played compositions of Jayachamaraja Wadiyar, Tyagaraja and Kanakadasa.

The police band also played Hindustani music composed by S Shankar. The show concluded with all units performing the patriotic song-Saare Jahan Se Accha. Interestingly, this year’s concert had new compositions in the two-hour show (the time was extended by an hour following cancellation of various events due to drought).

So, finally, it was time to know the best bands of the day. In the big band category, KSRP fifth battalion (Mysuru) and Shivamogga’s KSRP eighth battalion won the first and second prizes respectively. In medium band, KSRP ninth battalion (Benglauru) and CR South division (Bengaluru) were the first and second winners while in the small band category, CR Central division won the first prize and DAR band (Karwar) was adjudged the second.

The Karnataka Government Orchestra, popularly known as Karnataka Police Band, owes its birth to a visionary genius Chamarajendra Wadiyar when only European army music was played.

By 1918, Nalwadi Krihnaraja Wadiyar, inducted an indigenous unit specializing strictly in Indian classical music.

The Karnataka Band has to its credit many notable Vidwats of national eminence wielding the Conductor’s baton. Apart from usual Indian style instruments, the Band also boasts of a few extremely rare Hindustani instruments like Sarangi, Navagot, Sitar, Dilruba, Issar, Balakokila and Sorabhat. Sadly, there is a dearth of musicians who are skilled in playing these instruments.

The police bands made its debut in Dasara in the 1980 and since then it has been a regular feature. All musicians have passed their senior-grade music exams and are eligible to take up lectureship at govt. junior colleges. Many of the Band’s musicians are acclaimed TV artistes. They regularly appear on Doordarshan and AIR, Mysore. ‘In the early 20’s, a separate ‘Band House’ on Mirza Road was constructed to house the band and orchestra. Separate enclosures such as the Instruments’ room, music library and an exclusive concert hall apart from other rooms were part of this magnificent structure. This building is presently used as the office of the Commissioner of Police of Mysore city.


ENARADA, Mysuru, October 13, 2015

Mysuru Dasara begins with a bang

It was a historic moment as the world famous Mysuru Dasara was inaugurated by a farmer.
Puttaiah, a 67-year old Dalit farmer from Heggadevana Kote taluk had the privilege of inaugurating the Nada Habba.

For decades, it had been a practice to invite VVIPs for the inauguration. However, this year, the State Government decided to invite a progressive farmer to do the honours.

Initially, the offer was made to Kadidal Shamaanna. Upon his rejection, the government chose Puttaiah.
Due to drought, the Dasara festivities have been a low key affair but nevertheless, the traditional fervour and grandeur has remained the same like every year.

Another highlight of Dasara was the debut of Yaduveer Krishnadatta Chamaraja Wadiyar, who conducted his first Khas Darbar at Amba Vilas Palace and took over the Dasara festivities at Mysuru Palace.

Keep logged onto www.Enarada.com for regular updates on Nada Habba Dasara.

Puttaiah, a Dalit farmer, inaugurating the Mysuru Dasara at Chamundi Hills. He is the first farmer to get this rare honour which was hitherto restricted only to VVIPs. Photos by WWW.ENARADA.COM

Mysuru Dasara . October 13, 2015. www.enarada.com
After a year’s gap, Mysuru King Yaduveer Krishnadatta Chamaraja Wadiyar conducted the Khas Darbar at Amba Vilas Palace. Last year, the khas darbar was conducted with Pattada Katti (royal sword) being placed on the throne, following the demise of Srikantadatta Narasimharaja Wadiyar.

Mysuru Dasara . October 13, 2015. www.enarada.com
Royal family members congratulating Mysore King Yaduveer as he ascended the golden throne at Amba vilas palace.

Mysuru Dasara . October 13, 2015. www.enarada.com
‘Kusti’ (wrestling) competitions, one of the biggest crowd pullers are held annually during the 10-day fest.

Mysuru Dasara . October 13, 2015. www.enarada.com
The royal elephant (Pattada Aane) is being decorated for the Khas Darbar.

Mysuru Dasara . October 13, 2015. www.enarada.com
The stone chariot of Hampi comes alive in the form of flowers during the Dasara exhibition.

Mysuru Dasara . October 13, 2015. www.enarada.com
The view of illuminated Mysuru palace.

Mysuru Dasara . www.enarada.com Oct 13, 2015
The Dasara also bring in a lot of local talent as cultural programmes are conducted during evenings.

October 12, 2015

The star attraction of Dasara-the Mysuru palace is illuminated and is a treat to watch it at the night.

Mysuru Dasara, October 12, 2015. WWW.ENARADA.COM
As the Dasara 2015 kick-starts, priests are cleaning the idols at Chamundeshwari temple located on top of Chamundeshwari hills.

Mysuru Dasara, October 12, 2015. WWW.ENARADA.COM


Mysuru Dasara, October 12, 2015. WWW.ENARADA.COM
Mysuru scion Yaduveer Krishnadatta Chamaraja Wadiyar and Pramoda Devi Wadiyar along with MLA Tanveer Sait inaugurating the Jumbo circus in Mysuru.

It is a practice to invite one of the top circus companies to perform at Dasara festivities every year.

Mysuru Dasara, October 12, 2015. WWW.ENARADA.COM

Mysuru Dasara, October 12, 2015. WWW.ENARADA.COM

Mysuru Dasara, October 12, 2015. WWW.ENARADA.COM
This time, the Jumbo Circus will organise three shows of two-hour duration each for a period of 40 days.

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