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Dasara holidays from October 15 to November 2 in Mysore district

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Decision taken to enable students to participate in ‘School Dasara' events: Ramdas



S.A. Ramdas

Bangalore: In view of the Dasara festivities in Mysore from October 8 to 17, the Mysore district administration has rescheduled Dasara holidays for schoolchildren in the district. Schoolchildren will get holidays from October 15 to November 2.

Medical Education Minister S.A. Ramdas, who is also the district in-charge Minister for Mysore, told presspersons here on Wednesday that Dasara holidays had been rescheduled to enable students to participate in “School Dasara” programmes from October 5 to 14.

Various competitions at the block, taluk and district levels would be organised for schoolchildren to educate them about the historical significance of the 400 year-old Mysore Dasara festivities, he said.

Mr. Ramdas, who is heading the Dasara celebrations committee, said cultural troupes from 12 States and SARRC countries had been invited to the 10-day Dasara festivities. Tableaus from different districts would participate in the festival and they had been asked to depict the achievements of various Karnataka rulers.

For instance, the Bellary district troupe would depict the contribution of Vijayanagar emperor Sri Krishnadevaraya while the Dharwad district tableau would showcase the achievements of Kittur Rani Chennamma, he said.

This year, Dasara celebrations are significant because they also mark the 125t {+h} birth anniversary of Mysore king Nalvadi Krishnaraja Wadiyar and 100 {+t} {+h} year for the Mysore Palace.

Dharmadikari Veerendra Heggade of the Dharmasthala would inaugurate the festival in the presence of Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa on October 8.

To enable all people to have meals during the festival days, about 50 hotel owners had decided to provide “Mysore Thali” (meal) at Rs. 20. Unlike previous years, this year the utility of Gold Card for visiting various events had been restricted to three days, Mr. Ramdas added.

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