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The Amazing Folk Arts of Mysore By santosh yadav

  in Travel | Published 2015-01-12 01:26:25 | 171 Reads | Unrated


Once a capital city of Mysore Princely Kingdom, Mysore is the third largest city of the South Indian state, Karnataka. It is located at the base of Chamundi Hills and is spread over an area of 128.42 square kilometres.

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The Mysore attractions and a number of cultural activities throughout the year in the city have made it popular among many tourists as the 'cultural capital of South Karnataka'. Grand festivities that take place during the Dasara festival attract plenty of tourists from different corners of the world. They also get to enjoy some of the other aspects of this city, such as, a delicious sweet dish called 'Mysore Pak'. In recent times, tourism has emerged as a major industry in this region. Tourists visiting the city are also attracted to the folk arts of Mysore that are at displ

ay during the Dasara celebrations.

Folk arts in Karnataka have been handed over by previous generations, and are full of different elements like dance, drama, singing, and puppet shows. They are more popular in the rural areas of the state and can be enjoyed during major festivals, such as, Dasara. During this festive occasion, the folk artistes visit Mysore city and give their best performances. People gather in large numbers to witness the brilliant performances given by these artistes. Earlier, the folk arts were performed before the King, but today, they performers have moved on to the streets of Mysore.

They showcase their folk arts in areas that are specially designated for this purpose during Dasara festival. Folk artistes are also an integral part of the Dasara procession, and so are the folk arts Somana Kunita, Beesu Kamsale, and Yakshagana. Among these three arts, Beesu Kamsale has enjoyed immense fame in India. It has also been performed in various international cultural festivals. In Yakshagana, the artistes enact scenes from Mahabharata and Ramayana throughout the night. The Mysore University has set up a folk arts museum for collecting artefacts associated with folk arts of the state. It has also introduced a Master's Degree course in Folk Arts.

People who are in Mysore to enjoy a pleasant holiday during the Dasara festival can witness the folk art performances during the procession taken out on the streets. Accommodation in one of the best hotels in Mysore would offer them the required convenience in visiting the spots, from where, they can enjoy these performances. Stays in such hotels would also enable them to visit some of the most popular attractions of Mysore city. Most of these hotels have rooms and suites that are well-equipped with all the modern amenities desired by tourists. Upon booking an accommodation in them, tourists would have access to world-class room service, high speed Wi-Fi connectivity, express laundry service and other facilities. Some of the hotels also have multi-cuisine restaurants in them, which serve mouth-watering varieties of local as well as other popular cuisines. The elegant ambience created in such restaurants and the aroma of delicacies sets the mood for a great dining experience.



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