Mysore Shopping Festival: Kodava folk dance performance today

Cultural programmes as part of the Mysuru Shopping Festival 2016 is back after a brief gap. The programmes are performed at the Dufferin Clock Tower (famously known as Chikka Gadiyara). This is a weekly affair and will be held from 7 pm to 8:30 pm.

On June 25 (today) evening, Kodagu’s renowned Valleydew Dance Team will be perform Kodava folk dance including Bolakaat, Ummathaat, Kattiyaat and Kolaata.

The festival, that began in May was put on hold as the organisers did not get permission to host the cultural event due to the “code of conduct” imposed due to the elections to the Legislative Council from South Graduates Constituency.

According to a press release from B S Prashanth, the Chairman of Mysuru Shopping Festival and Mysore Travel Mart, the initiative is aimed at targeting tourists.

“Since tourists visiting the city are not privy to the rich culture in performing arts, the Mysuru Shopping Festival will be organising cultural events with a view to promote fine arts, the culture of the city. This will attract foreign tourists and at the same time, will promote and encourage local artistes,” he said.

“It is a very good opportunity to showcase the talent by local artistes and this will be a great entertainer for foreign tourists as there are no cultural activities around when they visit the city on weekends,” he added.


The Mysuru Shopping Festival 2016 is redefining shopping in Mysuru and promoting culture and local artistes. The festival, modelled on the lines of international shopping festivals, is one of its kind shopping festival which will be held in the city from September 24 to November 5.

The 43-day shopping extravaganza spanning from Dasara to Deepavali, organized by Mediatree and supported by Mysore Travels Association and Mysore Travel Mart in association with Karnataka tourism. The festival seeks to provide an international shopping experience to the tourists who visit the city and also to local residents.

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