Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
The second edition of the Dasara Festival at the Bangalore International Airport Ltd. Which engaged the attention of over 6,00,000 passengers and visitors in live music, dance performances and bombe habba (traditional doll display) culminates on a high note today. The festival organized in collaboration with the Kannada & Culture Department, Government of Karnataka gave passengers an opportunity to explore the tradition of South India in a unique way. The Department of Tourism offered passengers a glimpse of the famous Mysuru Dasara through a 13.5 feet replica of the Jumbo Savari that was installed at the kerb. The event on October 1st, was inaugurated by renowned theatre personality Shri. H G Dattatreya, Shri. Arvind Srivastava, Secretary to Government (Budget & Resources) and Shri. Palliah DC Rural. The closing event was presided by cine personality Shri Vijay Raghavendra and theatre personality Shri. Nagathihalli Chandrashekar. ‘Ode to South India’ a coffee table book that chronicles the performance from the first edition of Dasara (2015) was also unveiled on the first day of the festival. The second edition of this coffee table book will focus on the artists that performed during Dasara Festival 2016.
The Dasara Festival at the airport is a celebration of South India’s distinctive culture and heritage. Guests and travelers were treated to different genres of classical music like Carnatic & Hindustani and devotional songs. Classical dance styles like Bharathanatyam, Kuchipudi, Kathak, theatre and various drama forms including Yakshagana were some of the performances that were presented to the audience. Through these 9 days the airport gave a global platform to over 500 artist, between the ages 7-70 years to showcase their art forms.
Shri. Ramanna Choudki, a senior artist who performed at the festival shared his experience of being part of the Dasara celebrations. He stated, “My father use to roam and sing from village to another and earn our livelihood, now the same art has become my livelihood and of the rest who depend on me. Concerts such as these are immensely helpful and we are grateful to the authorities for giving us this opportunity.”
BIAL works closely with the Government of Karnataka to promote the region and its deep-rooted culture and heritage. Speaking about the event, Mr. Bhaskar Bodapati, Senior Director, Finance & Support Services, BIAL said, “We are delighted by the positive response this festival received. The feedback from our travelers and guests were very encouraging. We are thankful to the Kannada & Culture Department and Department of Tourism, Government of Karnataka for their collaboration. Without their support we could not have such a successful show. Engagements like these truly take us forward and establishes us as the Gateway to South India. We will continuously work with the state through such initiatives to ensure this region gets prominence on a global map.”
The Dasara festival which started on October 01 was intended at showcasing the region’s rich vein of cultural dexterity to a diverse traveler profile. A culturally rich state also ensures the inclusive development of the entire society. Echoing this ideology, BIAL made arrangements to reach out to the underprivileged community by hosting and entertaining children from neighboring schools during the course of the festival.
The festival had a grand closing with Kalakadamaba Art Centre, one of the foremost Yakshagana troupes in Karnataka taking center stage. Yakshagana is an ancient form of Folk theatre – a dance drama predominant and typical to coastal Karnataka. Traditionally performed in the open air. This art form is also known as Bayalata which would mean a field play.