Splendours of Royal Mysore -
The Untold Story of the Wodeyars

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Book release in Cheshire, United Kingdom - 22nd August 2008

The United Kingdom Kannada Balaga (UKKB) has been in existence for 25 years now and to commemorate the event, a mega celebration was organized over 3 days—22-25th August 2008. This Rajata Mahotsava or Silver Jubilee of the UKKB was held at the Alvaston Hall in Cheshire, United Kingdom. The celebrations were kicked off by Shri Janardhan Reddy, Toursim Minister of Karnataka, Mr Edward Timpson, Member of Parliament from Cheshire, Dr. K. S. Bhanumathi, President of UKKB and other dignitaries. Many luminaries, thinkers, musicians, dancers, writers and poets from Karnataka, and a strong delegation of Karnataka Diaspora from various parts of the United Kingdom had congregated for the jamboree.

Under the aegis of this organization, ‘Splendours of Royal Mysore’ was released in the United Kingdom by noted Kannada poet and Padmashri, Dr. Nisar Ahmed. A man of many talents, Dr. Nisar Ahmed stands tall among Kannada litterateurs. His evergreen poem ‘Jogada Siri Belakinalli’ is almost an anthem for Kannada lovers.

Dr. Nisar Ahmed had fulsome praise for the mammoth efforts of the author in bringing out what he called ‘a well-researched and wonderfully presented tome.’ He opined that the book needs to reach as many people across the world to let them know what Mysore was all about and the greatness of the state of Karnataka.

Speaking on the occasion, author Vikram Sampath recounted the journey of writing the book, the inspiration behind it and the need for people outside India to be able to connect to their roots through history and a cognizance of the culture they inherit. The event also included the screening of a documentary film on Mysore which was well received by the enthusiastic diaspora.

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