Splendours of Royal Mysore -
The Untold Story of the Wodeyars

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Release at Mysore - 24th March 2008

The historical Jaganmohan Palace, with a history dating back to about 150 years served as the perfect venue for the Mysore release of Vikram Sampath’s first book “Splendours of Royal Mysore: The Untold Story of the Wodeyars.” The Palace was the seat of power of the Wodeyar Kings when the older palace caught fire and a new one was being constructed. It is now an art gallery that houses rare artifacts and paintings of the royal family.

The evening began with an appropriate invocation by Mysore-based upcoming artist Kumari Sangeetha who sang Maharaja Jayachamaraja Wodeyar’s "Sri Mahaganapathim" in Raga Athana. This was followed by the screening of the documentary film showcasing the history and ethos of the princely state. The book release was done by Shri I. M. Vittala Murthy, I.A.S., Secretary to the Government of Karnataka for Kannada, Culture, Information and Tourism, in the presence of Dr. A. V. Narasimha Murthy, Chairman of the Bharatiya Vidya Bhawan, Mysore and noted historian. Eminent scholar Prof. P. V. Nanjaraja Urs also participated.

Speaking on the occasion, Shri I M Vittala Murthy said that Vikram's work reflects the thoughts of the new generation. Everyone holds the royalty of Mysore in high respect. Many even worship the rulers of the erstwhile State. That is not to be perceived as slavish outlook. It represents an attitude of love to the rulers in a democratic set-up. Vikram's work is a result of hard work based on research. Let it serve as a model to the youth and generate in them a sense of history.

Complimenting the efforts, Dr A. V. Narasimha Murthy made a scholarly interlude by analyzing the style, contents, technique of historical analysis and narrative of the book and said that after the epics on Mysore History of yesteryears, like the works of Wilks, Rice, Hayavadana Rao, if there was any comprehensive and definitive book on the topic, it would be Vikram’s book. Prof. Urs also blessed the young author for his work and said he hoped that he would carry on with presenting similar historical works with an unbiased and modern perspective.

The evening ended with a delightful carnatic veena recital by eminent musician, Vidushi Dr. Jayanthi Kumaresh. She was accompanied by Shri Tumkur Ravishankar on the Mridangam and Shri Tumkur Shashishankar on the Ghatam. Beginning with Mutthaiah Bhagavathar’s Varnam—“Mathe Malayadhawaja” in Khamas, an ode to Maharaja Nalwadi Krishnaraja Wodeyar, she presented Maharaja Jayachamaraja Wodeyar’s “Sri Jalandharam” in Raga Gambhira Nata and Mysore Vasudevacharya’s “Ninne Nammiti” in Simhendra Madhyamam. Vid. Jayanthi then rounded the short but melodious recital with Purandara Dasa’s “Thamburi Meetidava” in Sindhu Bhairavi.

It was almost a recreation of the majestic Mysorean Durbar in the regal ambience of the ancient palace and the tuneful kritis of Mysore composers.

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