Art & Culture
Mysore has been a place of all religions. It is also known as cultural capital of Karnataka. The main feature of this city is that all religions have co-existed in peace and harmony and there has never been a single instance of discrimination. Even during the reigns of kings, all religions and cultures were encouraged without any favoritism.
This cultural capital is known for its distinct cultural heritage in almost all fields including painting, art and crafts, music and poetry and architecture as well. The tradition is still followed in the city even after seeing a soaring degree of advancements.
The major festivities take place during the period of Dasara. Celebrated for a period of ten days, the traditional Dasara procession is taken on along with decorated elephants, camels and horses. Locally known as Jumboo Savari, this is the highest point of celebration in Mysore. Even after experiencing modernity, the city retains its traditional old world charm.
Other festivals such as Diwali and Eid are also celebrated with same zeal and enthusiasm. Over a period of years, the city has been evolved as a cosmopolitan and people from different parts of world live together peacefully and practice different faiths harmoniously.
Karnataka has a rich tradition of folk dances, drama, singing and puppet shows. You can go to rural areas to explore their amazing art and culture.
Art Galleries and Museums
Sri Jayachamarajendra Art Gallery is one of the most famous art galleries because of its collection of painting and artifacts. This three-storey palace was converted into this art gallery where you can find a unique collection of Rembrandt paintings. If love for art flows in your veins, this place is highly recommended.
Folk Arts Museum has the remarkable collection of puppets, South Indian toys and household objects that showcase the folk culture of Karnataka. The exhibition includes rural costumes, cooking utensils, metal artifacts, ornaments, implements and tools used in interiors of Karnataka.
Kamat's Potpourri is a place where you get an opportunity to see the excellent work and paintings by Raja Ravi Varma. You'll be surprisingly filled with joy after seeing fine-print reproductions of paintings.
Regional Museum of Natural History is one of the must visit places situated on the banks of Karanji Lake with the Chamunda Hills. Here you get an opportunity to understand the nature and natural world.