Dr Padmanabhayya Passes
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.
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
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
Vittal Shasthri Remembered
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
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.
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
S V P remembered
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.
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.
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.
and Kumble Nominated for Advisory Committee
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.
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.
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.
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
Bappanadu Mela Announces Tirugata
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
Three More Troupes
Announce Starting Dates
The Karnataka Yakshagana
Nataka Sabha Mangalore will begin its Tirugata on the 29th instant.
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.
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'
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.
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
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
Odissi Workshop at
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
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
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
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
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
"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
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.
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