Mysore or Mysuru as it is known locally, is the second largest city in the state of Karnataka. Once the capital and home o the wodeyar kings of Mysore, the city maintains its princely charm while it has propelled itself into the modern world of technology and science. .
A modern day paradox, Mysore is a city that is old yet new, filled with history and old world charm. Today, Mysore is home to modern tech firms and industries and has been cited as the 5th best city in India in which to conduct business by Business Week. Firms like Infosys train 15,000 global employees each year.
Mysore is also home to Ashtanga yoga, the yoga tradition of the Mysore palace; now the strongest yoga tradition around the world and attracts students from around the world to study in its famous schools.
Until 1947, the year of India's independence, Mysore was the capital of the Kingdom of Mysore, ruled by the Wodeyar dynasty. The Wodeyars were patrons of art and culture contributing significantly to the cultural growth of the city. Mysore has a tradition of both Eastern and Western genres of music promoted by the royal families of Mysore.
The late King of Mysore was the first president of the London Philharmonic Concert Society, and founder of the Mendtner Society. He promoted both Western and Indian music and Indian and Western ballets.
Today Mysore is well known as the cultural capital of India. Mysore is famous for the "Mysore style " of painting developed under the patronage of its Kings in the early 14th century. This style uses gesso and gold leaf in the paintings.
The Indian style of draping the sari is the Mysore style that has been made famous nationwide in India.
Much of the architecture is in the Indo Saracenic style. In addition, Mysore boasts many old churches and other places of worship. A walking tour through the ancient pathways of the city brings to light both the history and Mysore's place in the development of India.
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