A grand procession highlighting the unique culture of the people of Kodagu was being held as part of the state-level Kodava literature and culture fest enthralled Mysureans on Saturday.
Both men and women draped in ethnic attire Kuppya Chale and Kodava saree took part in the procession in the heart of the city that started from Kote Anjaneya Temple to Scouts and Guides Grounds.
The traditional procession conducted in different rows depicted the traditional marriage function where men and women were chaired in decked-up vehicles symbolising wedding couple. Resting guns on shoulder and Oadi katti bearing men brought out the warrior in them.
Exploring the Kodava culture, a team of traditional band troupe Volaga, a unique tribal dance Kaapaala dance, Chande Mela band bearing the influence of culture of Kerala and Dudi band reflected the festive mood.
Regional Commissioner Appachettolanda M Kunjappa flagged off the Kodava cultural procession at Kote Anjaneya Temple which passed through the Clock Tower, Gandhi Square, Sayyaji Rao Road, Dufferin Clock Tower and D Devaraja Urs Road. The procession concluded at Scouts and Guides Grounds.
Mysuru-Kodagu MP Pratap Simha inaugurated the event.
Commemorating the contribution of the Kodava community highlighting their best cooperation by being accomodating of other cultures transcending religious barriers, he compared the Kodava community with that of the Parsi community.
He said Kodava community has contributed immensely towards the armed forces and sports. The elders of the community have to encourage the youth to protect the unique culture.