Mysuru: This Dasara, Mysuru will be lit up once again with 75 km of its roads and 91 circles illuminated with colourful LED bulbs at a cost of Rs 3 crore.
The illumination of the city will be extended beyond Dasara, till Theppotsava at the Chamundi hills, on October 15, according to Chescom sources. The use of LED bulbs in place of incandescent bulbs for the last five years to illuminate the city, except the Jumbo Savari route and its surrounding areas, has helped cut costs, they claim.
“Had we used incandescent bulbs for illumination of the city, the cost would have been 10 times more. But for a traditional look, LED bulbs with golden emits, that resemble incandescent bulbs, are being used for the Raja Marga and roads around the palace for the first time,” said Chescom officials.
Interestingly, besides the welcome insignia atop the Chamundi hills, this year different parts of the city will also have insignias of Goddess Chamundeswari, Sri Jayachamaraja Wadiyar, the Buddha, 12th century reformer, Basavanna, Gandhiji, Dr Ambedkar, the Mysuru palace, the golden howdah, parliament, Vidhan Soudha, KRS dam, the stone chariot of Hampi, and yoga postures.
To bring back the fading concept of joint families, the four day women's Dasara has adopted it as its theme this year. And besides giving a platform for women to showcase their talent, and exhibit and sell products of women self help groups, the festival will this year offer training to women in various arts and handicrafts. In addition to rangoli, food, dance, and cooking contests anchored by noted cooking show host, Murali, for couples, there will be a mother-daughter fashion show in traditional wedding attire, desi clothes and so onAlso on the agenda is mimicry by artiste Gopi and a comedy programme by Sudha Bargur.