The moment Mysuru’s own Raghu Dixit entered the stage of Yuva Dasara, the mammoth crowd that had gathered in large numbers went berserk. People started screaming “Raghu, Raghu..” at the top of their voice. Raghu Dixit began his concert with ‘Kodagana koli nungitta’, by Shishunala Sharif. The audience went crazy when Raghu made them to sing ‘Lokada kalaji’ along with him.
The song was followed by ‘Gudugudiya sedhi nodo’, ‘Munjane manjalli’, ‘Parashiva’ and other songs. He made the crowd to cheer and sing along with him. The enthralled audience sang along and danced at the stands. People were demanding Raghu to sing his signature song ‘Mahadeshwara’. Prior to that he sang ‘Mysore se ayi wo’, which mesmerised the audience.
When the crowd started flashing their phones and lights turned off, the entire stands were looking marvelled. He signed off with ‘Mahadeshwara’ song. But the people chanted ‘once more, once more’ and made him to sing ‘Mysore se ayi wo’ song again. Raghu Dixit’s mother and family members were present at the concert.
Musical evening at Mysuru Palace enraptures audience:
Audience relished rangageethe by renowned singer and actress B Jayashree and team from Bengaluru at Palace premises, Mysuru, on Tuesday evening. This was followed by Mohiniyattam dance performance by South Zone Cultural Centre, Kerala.
A fusion of Hindustani and Carnatic classical music by Vinayaka Thoravi, S Shankar and team, Bengaluru, enraptured the audience.
Theatre artist Prabhakar Saathkhed felicitated
Prabhakar Saathkhed, theatre artiste, actor and Economics professor from Kalaburgi was felicitated at Bhoomigeetha of Rangayana, Kalamandir, on Tuesday evening.
Prabhakar was felicitated for his achievement in theatre on the occassion of Navaratri Rangothsava organised by Rangayana of Mysuru.
Speaking on the occassion, Prabhakar said: “Though we blame Britishers for many things, we should learn how to love theatre from them. There are as many as hundred theatres in London. But in Karnataka it is active only in few cities like Bengaluru and Mysuru.”
“It is my privilege to be felicitated in the cultural hub Mysuru on the auspicious occasion of Navaratri,” he said.
Deputy Director of Rangayana Nirmala Matapathi, coordinator Vinayakabhat Hasanagi, Krishnaprasad and others were present at the event.
Prior to the felicitation programme, Lavani dance performance by South Zone Cultural Centre, Maharashtra mesmerised the audience.
Bendha Kaalu on toast; depiction of transforming Bengaluru
Students of St Philomena Degree College, Mysuru, staged ‘Bendha Kaalu on Toast’ play at Bhoomigeetha of Rangayana, Kalamandir, on Tuesday evening.
In the play, King Veeraballala who goes on hunting lost his way and wanders inside woods in hunger. Then, an old woman gives him bendhakalu (boiled gram). To commemorate this, the king builds a town named Bendhakaaluru in that place.
With passing time, due to urbanisation, the town turns out to Bengaluru.
The play depicts the life style and the reality of the city life. It showcases the existing problems in the contemporary world especially the selfishness.
The play is directed by Amith J Reddy and coordinated by Dr Basavaraj.
Cultural programmes at various parts of Mysuru
Audience got a sneak peek into the folk performances at chikkagadiyara. Kolata by Sri Gowthama Kala Balaga, HD Kote taluk, pooja kunitha by Kariyappa and team, T Narasipura and bhajan by Sri Shivasharana Mandali, Bagalkote district, enchanted the present audience.
Mahila vadyagoshti, a music concert by Chowdeshwari Mahila Thanda, Harihara at Jaganmohana Palace was much appreciated. A keelu kudure dance performance for legendary actor Dr Raj Kumar songs entertained the audience at the venue.
‘Jogathi nruthya’, a story on Yallamma of Savadatthi was performed at Kalamandira. This was followed by a Bharatanatyam performance, expressing devotion towards lord Shiva.
Sports activities adieu: Sports activities organised as part of Dasara celebration drew a close at Chamundi Vihar Stadium, on Tuesday. While Basavaraj S of Davanagere district bagged overall championship (men) for wrestling, Reeta Priyanka of Mysuru district was given overall championship (womem) category.