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Sound and light show to be revived

Staff Correspondent

It will commence before Dasara festival with a revised script


  • It will commence before Dasara festival with a revised script
  • It will have Kannada, English and Hindi versions

    MYSORE: The sound and light show at Mysore Palace, which has been mired in a controversy, will finally commence before the Dasara festival in October, with a revised script.

    Tourism Commissioner G. Kumar Naik told this during rehearsals of the show that were held at the Mysore Palace here on Saturday.

    The 47-minute programme, tracing the rich history and cultural heritage of Mysore, would be presented in Kannada, Hindi and English. Seating arrangements for about 500 people for each show would be made on the lawns in front of the palace, he said.

    "Two shows will be held daily on weekdays. While the Kannada version of the programme will be held every day, the English and Hindi versions will be presented only on alternate days," he said.

    However, the programme would not be staged during the Dasara festival when the palace would be illuminated for ten days. There would be no show even on Sundays, he said.

    Objections

    The sound and light show was conceived more than a year ago, but was shelved on account of objections raised by the scion of the Mysore royal family Srikantadatta Narasimharaja Wadiyar to the script by Lingadevaru Halemane.

    Mr. Naik said a few changes had been made in the script following the objections. He hoped that the new script would be appreciated by one and all.

    The sound and light show is expected to draw thousands of visitors to Mysore.

    "More than 26 lakh tourists visited the palace last year. With the sound and light programme, more tourists will be drawn to Mysore," he said.

    The show, to be held after dusk in the environs of Mysore Palace, will begin with a formal invitation to visitors to Mysore and an introduction to the famed Mysore Palace that is also called "Ambavilas".

    The narration will be accompanied by psychedelic lighting of the palace. It will make an attempt to take the audience back in time to various phases of Mysore's long and rich history — starting with the killing of demon Mahishasura by Goddess Chamundeshwari through the upheavals of the Wadiyar dynasty founded by Yaduraya and Krishnaraya in the 14th century to the reign of the last king of Mysore Sri Jayachamaraja Wadiyar.

    Slice of history

    The reign of Hyder Ali and his son Tipu Sultan in the tumultuous 18th century, the latter's dogged resistance to British occupation and his sacrifices too are part of the show.

    The special pre-view of the programme on Saturday was watched by experts including chairman of Karnataka Translation Academy Pradhan Guru Dutt, the former Director of Department of Archaeology H.V. Nagaraj Rao, convener of the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage Krishna Vattam. Deputy Commissioner of Mysore Selva Kumar said the show had been produced at a cost of Rs. 1.6 crore.

    Good response

    Krishna Kumar, project director for the programme, and Deputy Director of Palace Board Avaradhi were also present at the pre-view.

    Mr. Krishna Kumar said the response to the programme was positive.

    People who had rated the show to be better than similar programmes held at Red Fort in Delhi and Golconda Fort in Hyderabad, Mr. Krishna Kumar added.

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