Mysuru: It was a walk down the ages for Mysureans, who turned out in their best traditional attire for the heritage tour organised as part of the Mysuru Dasara celebrations on Tuesday. If four-year-old Yaazhisai came dressed in a green Kanchivaram saree, 75-year-old Jayanthi Pai was resplendent in pink Mysore silk. The two were among the over 700 people, both young and old, who came to take in the sights of the heritage buildings of Mysuru and also send a strong message for conserving the city's traditions.
While the women wore silk sarees tied in the Karnataka, Rajasthani and other styles, traditional jewellery and jasmine flowers in their hair, the men turned out in silk shirts and dhotis, some sporting the Mysore peta, and others in sherwanis and kurta- pyjamas. Together they covered 12 heritage buildings during the walk that was flagged off by MLA, Ramdas, also dressed in traditional wear, to the beating of a percussion instrument.
The walk, which began from Town Hall, touched the Silver Jubilee Clock Tower, Free Mason’s Club, the 10th Chamaraja Wadiyar Circle, Mysuru Palace, the 4th Krishnaraja Wadiyar Circle, the small clock tower, Devaraja market, KR Hospital, Chamarajendra Technical Institute, Government Ayurvedic College and concluded at Mysuru Medical College and Research Institute.
Mysuru heritage experts committee members, Dr N.S. Rangaraju and Eechanur Kumar, provided the commentary, revealing rare facts about the heritage buildings and Mysuru to those participating in the event.
For Hannah, Leena and Henry, volunteers from Germany, who are part of FSL India, and in India for 11 months, the experience was nothing short of thrilling, as it was for many others who did the tour....