Myuru, Oct 6: The famous police bands of Mysuru, once an integral part of the Maharaja’s court, stands top in the country, and has been giving top most performances particularly during the famous Dasara festivities.
People and tourists come here to watch a resplendent palace with a million bulbs aglow besides to hear the famous police band, better known as Karnataka band.
Home Minister Basavaraj Bommai and others also took part in the event held here last night in front of illuminated Mysuru palace.
Over 500 police personnel with 36 band troops from across the State mesmerised the large crowd on the palace premises.
The police band programme is a regular feature of the Dasara festivities and an eye-catching event. The band programme commenced with Nadageethe and renderd music based on the compositions of Mysore Vasudevachar, Muthaiah Bhagavatar, Thyagaraja, Muthuswami Dikshithar, Shyamashastri, Swati Tirunal, Jayachamaraja Wadiyar, Purandara Dasa and Kanaka Dasa. They also play renditions by Hindustani stalwarts like Faiyaz Khan, Barkhat Ali Khan and Rafi Khan.The Minister also presented trophies.
In 1868, the then Maharaja of Mysore, Chamaraja Wadiyar, along with his Dewans, constituted a 150-strong palace band meant exclusively for royal ceremonies. A Frenchman JT D’Fries headed it. Drawn from the very best music schools, the palace orchestra was bifurcated into English Band (Western music) and Karnataka orchestra (Carnatic classical music). Directors of music and scholars were hired to bring out the innate talents of these musicians.
The band underwent a subtle transformation of sorts when it was amalgamated into the police band in the 1950s. In 1958, they were brought under the offices of the Mounted Police Company of Karnataka.
Boasting an initial strength of nearly 150 musicians, the bands were downsized and renamed as Karnataka Government Band (English) and Karnataka Government Orchestra (Carnatic). Then, they were put into serving the Police Department at all government functions in and out of Mysore.(UNI)