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Lantern Park special attraction at Dasara Expo

Lantern Park special attraction at Dasara Expo

Mysuru, Nov 4(UNI) The cultural capital‘s night view is all set to get brighter with a first-of-its kind ‘Glow Garden’ or ‘Lantern Park’ that has come up at the Dasara Exhibition Grounds in the heart of the city.

The first of its kind Lantern Park is set up on 15,000 square feet area at the exhibition. Dream Petals organization of Mysuru has set up the Park with the help of 20 experts from China. These Chinese experts have successfully created Lantern Parks in United Kingdom, Netherlands and other countries.

The Department of Tourism has set up this Park at a cost of

Rs 1.50 Cr on at 15,000 square feet area.

The Park with 5,000 LED bulbs features rose garden and lotus garden. Models of Jamboo Savari, Mahishasura Mardini, Dollu Kunita, and Puja Kunita are also set up.

Mysuru-based Dream Petals is implementing this project that has been designed to reflect Dasara culture, tradition and history besides reflecting the contributions of Nalwadi Krishnaraja Wadiyar. The Lantern Park will help provide insights into the traditional Mysore way of life and culture.This is the first time it is being designed on such a massive scale.

The Park depicts 409 years of resplendent history of Dasara, the glorious days of Vijayanagara Empire, Wadiyars of Mysuru and other Dasara-related activities.

A three-dimension LED display featuring Chamundi Hill, Mahishasura Mardhini, Jumboo Savari, Puja Kunita, Dollu Kunita and other folk dances are other major highlights of this Park. Though the Lantern Park is not fully completed, there are some sections that will attract visitors.

Thousands of Silk Lanterns produced in China, depicting the tradition of the land, other costly materials and equipment have been used to create this Park. The Lantern Park has been set up at Zilla Panchayat Block at the Exhibition Grounds.

The Chinese team is from Sichuan province, the epicentre of Chinese-lantern making. In the city of Zigong, this technique is preserved the best and they have more than 1,000 artisans

Artists design lanterns from the ground up, drawing schematics on computers and physical outlines on plywood sheets. With templates, welders craft lantern forms with thin metal rods and later, electricians install internal LEDs, closely following curves and choosing warmer or cooler light depending on the desired colour qualities.

Once this process is done, polyester dyed for specific characters is carefully glued onto the forms. Later, the chief artist manages the placement and assembly of the scenes around the site. Then he paints details onto each piece.


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