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.
Yamaraja (Lord Yama)
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.
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.
Date: 17th Oct 2010 Place: Mysore Palace, Mysore, Karnataka