Dr Padmanabhayya Passes Away

Veteran Arthadari, senior doctor Sri Haigunda Padmanabhayya (80) passed away at Upponi, Honnavar recently.  Popularly known as 'Haigunda Doctor' around Honnavar, he was known for his Talamaddale performances as well as his liberal help to poor as a medical practitioner.  

Originally from Kundapur, Padmanabhayya has his early training in Yakshagana with maestros like Koni Annappa Karanth, Sheshagiri Bhagawatha, Samaga, Uppur Bhagawatha etc.  He set up medical practice at an island called Haigunda near Honnavar, where he became the 'poor man's doctor' for over fifty years.

A very good exponent of Yakshagana Talamaddale, he was known for his involved emotional expression and witty expressions.  His roles like Karna, Duryodhana, Bhishma and Vali brought him fame.  A warm, friendly person with candid views Padmanabhayya was an interesting  person.  In his death, Yakshagana has lost an ardent art lover and artist.




Kuriya Vittal Shasthri Remembered

Yakshagana Natyacharya Kuriya Vittala Shasthry was remembered with respectful memories at a function at KVS High Kurudapadavu.  The function was organised by Vittal Shasthry Memorial Foundation and a reception committee led by Yakshagana activist N Ashok Bhat, Kuriya family and friends.

Senior artist Bannada Malinga was given the Kuriya Memorial Award (in absence, received by his son artist Subraya), Yakshagana Prasanga authors Vidhwan artist Gopalakrishna Kuruo, Kolyur Narayana Bhat, Appayya Maniyani, Padyana Venkateshwara Bhat were honoured.

D K Sahitya Parishat President Harikrishna Punarur, Advertising expert and Chairman of Kalkura Trust Sri Pradeep Kalkur, oraniser K V Muchinnaya were the guests.  Artist Bare Keshava Bhat delivered the commemoration speech and felicitation speech.  S K Bhat and friends coordinated.  




Professor S V P remembered

Prof S V Parameshwara Bhat, poet, administrator, teacher who passed away recently was remembered by his colleagues, students, abhimanis at the 'S V P Nenapu' organised by Ganapathi P U College, Mangalore.  They remembered his outstanding capacity, sense of humour, love of life, love towards all those who came into contact, his captivating speeches, his humane face and many more instances.  Arya Laxminaraya Alwa presided.  B M Idinabba and may others were present.  Prof Vivek Rai introduced. Ms Chandrakala Nandavar and Prof Nagaraj Javali co-ordinated the meeting. 




Aranyakanda at Abhayaranya


Abhayaranya at Montepadavu is a conceptual venture by Sri G N Ahsokavardhan, the proprietor of Athree Book Centre Mangalore, an enviornmentalist and adventure activist.  Abhayaranya (and the Kadmane in it) is a private natural forest to be allowed to grow as a wild forest, without interference or monitoring by the owner.  Near this forest was arranged a programme of awareness and entertainment.

Conservation expert K Chinnappa spoke on the need for natural eco balance and conservation efforts.  Dr R Ganesh Sahtavadhani spoke on the descriptions of eco details, flaura and fauna in Indian Classics.  A Yakshagana Bayalata in the traditional oil torches ('Deevatige') was presented by Yakshakaumudi.  The prasanga 'Aranyakanda' ('Seethapahara - Valivadhe') was directed by the founder director of Yakshakaumudi, art critic K M Raghava Nambiyar.  Artists led by Balipa Narayana Bhagawatha presented a laudable performance.  Prof G T Narayana Rao and many others with eco concern were present.








Shambhu and Kumble Nominated for Advisory Committee

The Govt of India New Delhi has nominated senior artists Keremane Shambhu Hegde and Kumble Sundar Rao for concerned advisory committees under ministry of Tourism and Youth Culture.  We welcome these appointments and urge the artists to recommend steps to involve Yakshagana in Central Govt schemes.




Globalisation Hits Yakshagana 

Growing trends towards globalisations and the resultant connecting of economies are poducing peculiar results.  They are often unexpected, and detrimental to cultural interests.  Liberal import-export policies prompted by the 'new economic order' has already sent shock waves into many areas of socio-economic activity of the third world countries.

One such shock is the effect of price fall of agrarian product on Yakshagana.  Coconut and arecanut (Beatle nut) are the two major supporting factors for Yakshagana.  These are the two major cash crops of the Yakshagana area i.e. Dakshina Kannada, Kasargod, Uttara Kannada, Shivamogga, Chikmagalur areas.  The two are often  combination farming crops.  The arecanut and coconut growers are involved in Yakshagana as artists and as supporters.  

The linking of economies through GATT and related steps, has resulted in a steep fall in the prices of coconut and arecanut.  This is bound to have its effect on the financial support to Yakshagana. The coconut prices have fallen by 50% - 65% and the arecanut prices by 25% - 40%.  Farmers are finding it difficult to sustain their occupation.  Their surplus has shrunk.  This will naturally affect the support to Yakshagana.  It will be a major blow.  We have to wait and watch how the irrepressible Yakshagana faces this situation.

                                                                         - Chitra



Bappanadu Mela Announces Tirugata

Sri Bappanadu Durgaparameshwari Yakshagana Mandali Mulky will begin its season with the inaugural seva at Bappanadu temple on Dec 10th, 2000.  Sri Adyar Shankar Alva, the leader manager of the troupe has appealed for devotees' support.



Three More Troupes Announce Starting Dates

  • The Karnataka Yakshagana Nataka Sabha Mangalore will begin its Tirugata on the 29th instant.

  • Sri Dharmastala Manjunatheshwara Kripaposhita Yakshagana Mandali starts its first seva at Dharmastala on the 26th November.  The season of Dharmastala Mela is fully booked for Harake by devotees.

  • Sri Mahishamardhini Yakshagana Mandali, Bagwadi Kundapura




'Acting is becoming the Role' - B V Karanth

'An actor may not be a star, a star need not be a really good actor.  They are few different aspects.  Acting as an art is the result of a long, hard work, observation and study of language of the stage' said the celebrated theatre expert, director, music maestro Padmashri B V Karanth at Canara College Mangalore, delivering a lecture on 'Actor and Acting'.  The programme was arranged as a part of 'VIRASAT' series by 'Spic-Mcacay' for students.

Sri Karanth said acting has three levels - doing, being and becoming.  Becoming is the real achievement.  He dealt in detail with examples about the language of the acting, use of voice, physical and emotional aspects of acting.  He said the regional element is important for any theatre.

Prof. B V Upadhyaya, who presided over the programme, honoured Sri Karanth with a shawl, phalatambula and memento.




Fishco Festival Inaugurated

The Fishco Cultural Festival organised by the Fisheries College Mangalore began here on the 28th November.  Sri Cheriyan Verghese, Chairman, Corporation Bank inaugurated.  He called upon youth to develop creativity and character by taking inspiration from such festivals.

Dr Mohan Alva, Chaiman, Alvas Education Foundation, the Chief Guest of the day said that such festivals help creating cultural awareness among youths.  Dr S C Shanbhag, Driector of the Collge said that culutral events contribute to personality development.  Advisor of students council Prof. S M Shivaprakash outlined the programme.  Welfare officer Dr Siddaramegowda, adviser Ganapathi Nayak, and union office bearers Kumarswamy, Raghavendra K S and Vinod Kumar co-ordinated the function.




Dance Workshop by Dr Vasundhara


Well known dancer Dr Vasundhara Doreswamy conducted a seven day dance workshop at the Academy school of fine arts, Udupi recently.  Sri Vishweshathirtha Swamiji of Pejawar Mutt inaugurated.  Dr H Shantaram, Administrative Officer of the Academy, presided.  Principal Sri Ranga Pai welcomed.




Odissi Workshop at Mangalore


Bharatiya Vidhya Bhavan Mangalore and Sri Devi Nritya Kendra will jointly organise a ten day Odissi dance workshop at the Bhavan, as a part of the Nritya Kendra's Silver Jubilee.  Famous Guru Smt Kshama Rao will conduct the workshop.  Guru Jayalaxmi Alva, Director of the Kendhra was called upon interested students to take the benefit of this opportunity.





'Samyak Jnana Sabha Bhavana' Inaugurated

The spacious and beautiful Conference Hall at Dharmastala, 'Samyak Jnana Sabha Bhavana' was inaugurated by the famous film producer, director Padmashri Ramananda Sagar of 'Ramayana' serial fame recently.  Yakshagana maestro Sheni Gopalakrishna Bhat was the Chief Guest.

Dr Sri D Veerendra Heggade, Dharmadhikari of Dharmastala, honoured Sri Sagar, Sri Sheni and the designer of the hall Sri Sharath Brahmesh.  Prof. S Prabhakar welcomed.  Sri D Harshendra Kumar co-ordinated.  Dr Yashovarma proposed the vote of thanks.  The inauguration was followed by Yakshagana 'Shurpanakha' by the artists of Dharmastala Yakshagana troupe.




Lakshadeepotsava At Dharmastala

The Lakshadeepotsava at Dharmastala, the annual festival of lights is a big occasion in the area.  Tens of thousands of people visit and enjoy the occasion.  This years Lakshadeepotsava features Sarvadharma Sammelana, Sahitya Sammelana, classical music, dance programme, Yakshagana, cultural exhibition, besides special pooja, lighting, utsava and other festivities.







Ha Ma Nayak is No More

Senior writer, columnist, educationist, folklorist and teacher Prof Harogadde Manappa (Ha Ma) Nayak, died in Mysore recently. He was 69.  Born at Harogadde of Thirthalli, Nayak held positions like Professor and Director, Institute of Kannada at Manasa Gangothri, Member of Sahitya Akademi, Vice Chancellor Gulbarga University and may more.  He gave encouragement to young writers.  He was one among the pioneers of folklore studies in Kannada.  He built up the Mysore University Kannada Institute and continued the work started by Prof D Javaregowda and Kuvempu.

He has edited and authored over one hundred books.  His column writings were instrumental in spreading literary taste and love for arts like Yakshagana.  Ha Ma Na was a man of great capacity, full of love, discipline and devotion. 



Bannaje to Chair Udupi Literary Conference

Noted Sanskrit and Kannada Scholar, Writer and famous exponent of epics Vidhyavachaspathi Bannanje Govindacharya will chair the first literary conference of Udupi District Sahitya Parishat.  The conference will be held in Udupi on the 16th and 17th of December.  Sri Govindacharya is known for his interesting and illuminating pravachanas (Discourses) on Ramayana, Mahabharata and Bhagawadh Geetha. He has over twenty titles to his credit.  He is an authority on Sanskrit literature and Madhwa philosophy.




Website on Agriculture

The Alternative Agricultural Media Centre, Dharwad planned to start an internet website to share the research, experiences and problems of farmers, says a press release by Dr Shivarama Pylooru, Director of the Centre.  




Yakshagana Series at Kanchikai, Siddapur


"Yakshagana should adjust to changing social needs.  Time limitations and new type of presentation are inevitable.  Full night shows may not continue for long" said Sri Kanchikai Virupaksha, delivering the validictory speech at the Ekadashi Yakshagana Series at Kanchikai, Heggarani of Siddapur Taluk, Uttara Kannada.  He called upon artists and organised to follow discipline and systematic approach and new ways to keep up the popularity of the great art.

Artist Sri G M Bhat Vajgar called upon youngsters to utilise opportunities and build up these capabilities.  Artis Balli Narayana Bhat and Subraya Kerekoppa felicitated the organisers for the programmes.

Sri Satish Hegde, Krishnamoorthy Hegde and M M Hegde of the Vinayaka Yakshagana Mandali, conducted the proceedings.  The programme concluded with a Talamaddale.





Rallly to Press Recognition for Kodava Language 

The kodagu National Council, an organisation for the social, cultural and political rights of Kodava people of Kodagu held a rally at New Delhi recently, The rally pressed for the inclusion of Kodava language in the VIII Schedule of the Constitution of India. 




Prof. S.V.P. Memorial Trust Founded

A commitee to outline programmes and memorial awards to perpetuate the memory of the great Kannada writer, teacher, administrator, Prof. S V Parameshwara Bhat, has been founded at Mangalore. Senior social leader Sri Arya Laxminarayana Alva is the president of the Trust, Prof. Viveka Rai, Prof. M. Ramachandra, Prof. Nagaraj Javali, Prof. G. Shankar Shetty and others are in the committee.





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