Mysuru, December 30:- The most extravagant event of the year, the Open Street Festival organised as part of the Mysuru Winter Festival-2017 was formally inaugurated in the city on Saturday.
Open Street Festival which is being organised for the second time in the heritage city of Mysuru after an overwhelming response during its first trial on the World Tourism Day in September this year was inaugurated in the absence of PWD and District In-charge Minister Dr H C Mahadevappa on Saturday morning.
MLA Vasu, Mayor M J Ravikumar, Zoo Authority of Karnataka (ZAK) chairperson Mallige Veeresh, Deputy Commissioner D Randeep, Food and Civil Supplies Department deputy director K Rameshwarappa, Tourism Department deputy director H Janardhan, industrialists Prashanth B S and others were present during the inaugural ceremony.
Prior to the inauguration, folk teams performed various folk dances including Kamsale and Dollu Kunitha.
Two huge stages have been erected to host various cultural events.
The gala event of the year, Open Street Festival is organised by the Karnataka Tourism Department in association with the Mysuru District Administration and the event is curated by city-based Centre Stage Events.
Street Festival begins with yoga
The Open Street Festival on Saturday kick-started on a grand note with yoga practitioners from the city presenting various yoga postures at a stage set up on the Devaraj Urs Road. Members of the Mysore Yoga Okkoota, Pathanjali Yoga Shikshana Samithi, Vivekananda Yoga Balaga, Pathanjali Yoga Peeth and GSS Yogic Research Foundation stretched their bodies and showcased their yoga skills for an hour from 8 am.
Slew of events
To enthrall the visitors to the Open street Festival, a slew of events have been lined-up from 9 am till 9 pm on Saturday. After the inaugural function, a semi classical dance show was performed by Lenin’s Kingdom of Dance students for the AISHA song, later a group dance was performed by the Manasu group with freestyle dance movements.
Stage-1 hosted students of GSS School of Music who played instrumental music of popular English numbers, Hindi and Kannada movies. Instrumental music of Game of Thrones, Anisuthide Yako Indu, Pehla Nasha, Love Yourself and others were played till noon before the street festival declared a break till 3 pm. The second stage hosted a dance event to Kannada film songs.
The District Administration has ensured the safety of the visitors and has taken all precautionary measures. A separate arena has been created including two separate stages on the Devaraj Urs Road.
The arena includes kids play area, a place for food trucks, opinion wall, photo booth, flea market, food court, earth and sponsors space. A huge LED wall is also placed near the junction of the Narayana Shastry Road. Rest rooms have been provided at five places on the Dewan’s Road junction, NS Road junction and two others on the Devaraj Urs Road.
Various street acts from jugglers to street walkers, Chende to Rajasthan Kalbelia, Dandiya to Kuchipudi were hosted as part of the street festival. Professional skaters displayed their skating skills while the folk artistes presented various folk dances including puja kunitha, Veerabhadra kunitha, dollu kunitha, kamsale, Pambai and Kai Silambattam.
Parking area for vehicles
The organisers had announced the visitors to give a rest to their motor vehicles and had suggested the visitors to depend on the public transport, Trin Trin or cab services. However, the space for parking vehicles has been provided at J K Grounds, Town Hall, Maharani College premises, Maharaja College premises and Jaganmohan Palace premises.
Security beefed up
To ensure safety and security for the visitors, the Mysuru City Police has installed 40 CCTV cameras on Devaraj Urs Road and in its vicinity. A total of 300 civil police and 100 traffic police have been deployed in and around the area. Mysuru City Corporation’s (MCC) Abhaya team, Fire Brigade personnel, Police Help Desk have also been set up on Devaraja Urs Road.