Anything and everything around colors and creative work brightens my eyes. So much so that I am always on a look-out for random work of art, be it in the form of a painting, a piece of crafted wood or color splash around the street. I am not a regular visitor at art shows or exhibitions but whenever I can, I definitely love to stop-by to appreciate things related to art. As a child, art was definitely one of my favorite subjects. I couldn’t pursue it professionally in college but now I nurse a wish to do an art appreciation course some day because I am always very curious to know what the artist had in his/her mind while creating a piece of work. Moreover, I would love to know the background stories or the inspiration behind the art work. Now coming to Mysuru. Have you heard of Mysuru Dussehra? It is a very popular way of celebrating the festival of Dussehra in Mysuru.
Colorful books were my favorite as a child but now I live to explore colorful places. Whichever city or country I may be in, I always look for street art, murals, local artists and more. I sincerely enjoy visiting museums which showcase paintings, art and craft from the past. I think I have found a very interesting reason to travel. My recent visit to Penang in Malaysia was solely dedicated to my love for art. My ‘Travel and Art Series’ is an attempt to capture local as well as international art in all forms and give you reasons to travel for it.
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Mysuru Dussehra and its significance!
When I recently traveled to Mysuru for a certain travel assignment, coincidentally, it was the first day of Dusshera celebrations. To my delight, the city was lit up like a newly wed bride. Until, I landed in the city, I had no clue that Dusera was big in there. From the grand settings of Mysore palace and its lighting ceremony to the excitement at the Chamundeshwari Temple, everything about the festival celebrations was infectious. I was really happy to be a part of the fun and fervor of the famous Mysuru Dusshera.
Dasara Festival in Mysore completed 407 years this time. The city gets its name from the Demon Mahishasura who was overpowered and killed by one of the forms of Goddess Durga. Therefore, Dusshera is a 10 day festival in Karnataka state. On the first night, I attended the inaugural ceremony of the festivities when the lights of the entire palace go up in one go. Another major highlight of the festival was the Dasara exhibition at the grounds, right opposite the Mysore Palace. And last but not the least, I chanced upon some newly painted walls of the city too. I found two stretches of wall art and I ensured to visit them again in the day to share with you all.
I am sure these pictures gave you an insight into the culture and celebrations that are part of Dusshera festivities in Mysore. I was delighted to come across these colorful walls of the city. They added a different perspective to my travel. Even though, I could stay till the last day of the celebrations, I could see the royal procession that is held every year in the Mysore Palace, the dances, sport competitions though the eyes of the artist. Every picture, from temples to rituals gives us a peek into the main highlights of the event. We must applaud the local artists who painted it all for us. Whenever you are in Mysore, don’t forget to check them out.
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