Splendours of Royal Mysore -
The Untold Story of the Wodeyars


Talk at the International Music and Arts Society - 16th Aug 2008

The International Music and Arts Society and Ms. Urmila Devi Kotda-Sangani, niece of the late Maharaja Jayachamaraja Wodeyar hosted an interesting evening at the Alliance Francaise de Bangalore on 16th August 2008. In a well-attended event at the tastefully done up Alliance auditorium, the focus was on princely Mysore state from the word –Go

In his talk, author Vikram Sampath chose to enumerate the legacy of princely Mysore, especially modern Mysore, after Tipu Sultan’s fall. The great strides and initiatives of the erstwhile Mysore Kingdom in political democracy, social emancipation, economic and industrial revitalization and the shaping of a cultural ethos of the State were discussed at length. Right from India’s first representative government to hydroelectric plant, reservoir, electrified city, the Kingdom had numerous firsts to its credit. The contribution to classical music, dance, painting were also immense that shaped a unique Mysore Bani or style in all these art forms.

The talk was followed by a fitting finale, Vidushi Dr. Jayanthi Kumaresh’s veena recital. ‘Veeneya Bedagidhu Mysuru’ goes the famous Kannada verse—Mysore as the splendour of the Veena! With so many vainikas from the kingdom and also a distinctive Bani, Mysore and the Veena are almost synonymous. And what better than to have one of India’s leading Vainikas of the present generation and also Vkram’s guru, Dr. Jayanthi to make this fabulous musical presentation! She played compositions of Mysore composers - Muthaiah Bhagavathar, Mysore Vasudevacharya and Jayachamaraja Wodeyar. She was ably supported by Vidwan Arjun Kumar on the Mridangam and Vidwan Giridhar Udupa on the Ghatam.


Splendours of Royal Mysore


Splendours of Royal Mysore nominated for Vodafone Crossword Book Award 2008.

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