Mysore Dasara procession, 400th year

The Dasara celebrations at Mysore are centred around the performances of people – it’s their energy, enthusiasm and undying desire to perform that makes the celebration so grandiose and worthwhile to watch. In this post I have presented some of the best moments from the 400th Dasara celebrations at Mysore.
fire breather at mysore dasara processionMysore Dasara is the ‘Naada Habba’ (state festival) of Karnataka. This was the 400th Dasara celebrations Mysore was witnessing; the first Dasara celebrations was held under the leadership of Raja Wodeyar in the year 1610 at Srirangapatna. The origin of the festival, however, is said to date back to 15th Century under the rule of Vijayanagar dynasty.
Somana Kunita Mask dance at mysore dasara

Somana Kunita (Mask Dance)

Somana Kunita or ‘Mask dance’ is a form of folk dance mainly prevalent in south Karnataka region (Old Mysore region) and is performed mainly after yugadi and before the onset of Monsoon. Somana Kunitha is mainly associated with the worshipping of “Grama Devate” [Village Deity] and the colour of the mask is also indicative of the nature of the deity – A red mask representing a benevolent deity while a yellow or black mask suggesting the opposite.

Keelu Kudure kunita (Hinged horse dance on stilts)

Keelu kudure kunita - mysore dasara

Yamaraja (Lord Yama)

Lord Yama Mysore dasara

Yama is the lord of death in Hinduism. Yama can be loosely related to the Greek deity Hades or Pluto, the god of the underworld.
Veeragase dance troupe at mysore dasara

Veeragase

Veeragase is a vigorous dance form based on Hindu mythology and involves very intense energy-sapping dance movements. This is one of the prominent performances at Mysore Dasara procession.

Tribal Drummers

Drummers Mysore dasara

‘Jamboo savari’

Elephant Balarama carrying the 750kg golden howdah with the idol of goddess Chamundeshwari for the 12th successive year! With the Jamboo savari the Dasara procession comes to an end. The preparations and security this time around was better but the number of volunteers and police personnel blocking the view and getting in the way were too many, and for a photographer there is nothing more irritating than this! Oh yeah, and another thing, I took all the photos using my new Nikon 50mm F 1.8D lens! I’m mighty pleased with the performance of this lens.

jamboo savari mysore dasara

Date: 17th Oct 2010 Place: Mysore Palace, Mysore, Karnataka

Comments

  1. Wow… Love the pictures especially the one in the blog name! Feel like I’ve been there and seen it myself.

  2. Good ones!
    Loved 1st, 2nd and 4th the most.

  3. Just wanted to mention the colours are fabulous and so is the crystal-clarity! Is it because of the lens?

    • thanks neelima. I was lucky to get the 1st snap, more so as the lens only manual focuses on my camera!!

      thanks sarah. the clarity is mainly because of the prime lens (50mm F/1.8D). And, I took the snaps at a large lens opening (~ F/2) which explains the ultra-sharpness of the subjects in focus.

  4. Anoop,
    First photo is awesome, very good. Color contrast and clarity are stunning.

  5. Dasara is timeless & your images come across very vividly…cheers

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