FOR YAKSHAGANA ARTISTS
It was a historical occasion when Yakshagana Kalaranga Udupi sponsored and
organised the first group insurance scheme for Yakshagana artists. The
scheme is GI scheme of the LIC of India. The Kalaranga has formed a
Yakshanidhi group, through which it organises the group insurance. When
recently in Udupi 165 artists were given the first policies, the
Kalaranga made history in artist welfare. Senior zonal Manager K.V.
Ranganath inaugerated the scheme by handing over insurance policies to
representatives of the artists.
The Ambalpady Lions Club has sponsored the first premium of the policies
and thus set an example. Benegal Nagappa Amin of the Lions Club launched
the scheme and promised Lion's help to such welfare efforts.
TALAMADDALA COMPETITION WEEK
Kalaranga Udupi, a leading group organising
performances, art support and artists welfare, is in its Silver Jubilee
year. They have organised a series of programmes spreading over
1999-2000. They conducted a weeklong competition of Talamaddale
Associations (Sangha) at Rajangana Udupi. There was enthusiastic
participation and the contest was close. Havyasi Balaga Kadri Mangalore,
Vinayaka Yakshagana group Surathkal and Talamaddale Vedike Udupi Puttur,
won the prizes. The valedictory was held at Rajangana. Sri Sri Vishwesha
Theertha Swamiji of Pejawar Mutt blessed the occasion. A Talamaddale was
presented by senior artists.
ELEVENTH DK LITERACY
The Eleventh DK Zilla literacy conference was held at
Deepika High School Modankapu, Near BC Road from 31st March to the 1st
of April, 2000. Seniour scholar, social worker and recipeint of National
Academy Award, Neerpase Bhima Bhat presided over. He spoke of the need
for spread of literacy and culture and for fair deal to rural writers.
Seminars were held on various topics. Entertainment
schedule included dance, songs, Yakshagana, Talamaddale and ‘Vismaya’
- culture oriented magic show.
A committee led by Minister B. Ramanath Rai and
Harikrishna Punarur organised the meet.
WWW. YAKSHAGANA.COM LAUNCHED
It was a historical occasion and a moment of
satisfaction for your webmaster and editor, when your website was
formally launched at Suprabhath Bullding, Bejai, Mangalore. The jewel of
Kannada Cultures, Yakshagana entered the international ‘Skies’ and
world web net through this site.
Sri N. Vinaya Hegde, President Nitte Group of
Industries and Education Trust, launched the website by clicking the
mouse. He spoke of the importance, problems and also negative side of
the internet and wished the venture success.
The editor of your cultural magazine Dr. M.
Prabhakara Joshy, gave the background of the birth of this site and the
future plans. He said this is only a humble beginning and a lot needs to
be done to enrich the archieves and the other aspects.
A.B Shetty Polali, president of the Tulu Academy and
Bhagawatha Kubanur Sridhar Rao felicitated the attempt.
Prof B A Vivek Rai, Chairman Kannada Dept. Mangalore
University who presided, said that the internet should help us have a
website in ones hearts for things and people we love. He spoke of the
various aspects of communication revolution and how best we can apply it
to ones social conditions.
Dr. Krishna Aithal, P. Venkatraya Aithal, Trade union Leader
Prabhakar Ghate were among the invitees. The host Sudhir P. Ghate,
Chairman Magnum Intergraphics proposed the vote of thanks. G. K. Bhat
Seraje conducted the proceedings.
YAKSHALAHARI DECENEARY PLANS
Yakshalahari, Kinnigoli - an association for
promotion of Tala Maddala is in its deceneary year. The group plans to
celebrate the occasion in a special way by conducting a multi round
Talamaddale Competition, publication of Souvenir, involving of artists,
and arranging performances by learning artists. Lion E. Srinivas Bhat,
President of Yakshalahari, in his statement says they want to make the
celebrations very special and memorable.
GOVINDA BHAT IS SIXTY
The evergreen artist K. Govinda bhat, has reached 60,
though it is hard to believe so. ‘Govindanna’ of all fellow artists,
he is considered to be a representative actor of Tenku
versed in a variety of roles of a wide range, he is an all round actor. He
can handle roles like Krishna, Duryodhana, Hiranyaksha, Kamsa, Rama,
female roles and even the Hasya (clown) roles with equal ease.
Disciple of Vittala Shasthry, Madhava shetty and
Ramdas Samaga, Govinda Bhat is well versed in dance, spoken word, stage
technique and make up, as well as in the spoken word. His steps and
movements are neat and artistic and expressions, quite powerful. He has
had over forty thirugatas; among them over twenty five in Dharmastala
Born in a poor family in Kinila near Vittal, he came up by hard work
and dedication. Now he is setteled at Heddur near Thirthalli. May God
bless him with health and long life, so that we can see our Govindanna
on the stage for many years to come.
An experimental yakshagana dance presentation was
made the leading amaterure artist Mantapa Prabhakara
the name ‘Bhamini’. He depicted various feminine moods vividly for
few hours at Bachgar near Sagar, the show was designed and directed by
Shatavadhani R. Ganesh, a renowned scholar. The concept of the programme
was aimed at bringing out more possibilities in Yakshagana dance,
especially in female role acting.
FAREWELL TO PROF. SVP
‘Kannada Kalidasa’, Prof. S.V. Parameshwar Bhatta,
was given an emotional farewell by his disciples and well wishers at an
intimate function organised by them at the Ravindra Mantapa of MGM
A veteran poet, teacher, administrator Prof. S.V.P.
has more than fifteen titles to his credit. His role as the head of the
PG centre, Mangalagangothri, (now Mangalore University) made a
significant impact on the literary field of this area.
Prof. SVP, besides publishing collections of his
poetry, has traslated into Kannada all the works of Kalidasa, bhasam
Aswaghosha, Bhavabhuthi and Harsha, really a tremendous achievement
indeed. He is the only writer to have accomplished this feat.
Prof. Bhat, now in his late eighties, was living for
some time in Udupi. He is now going to settle down back at his place,
Mysore. Hence the farewell was organised by his students led by Prof. BA
Vivek Rai, Nagraj Javali and others.
Various speakers on the occassion, spoke of Prof.
Bhat’s scholarly and lively teaching, his sense of humour, his
affection for the students, his unimitable literacy and speaking style,
his very special jokes, helping nature, dedication to and capacity to
Sri. KK Pai, Register Academy of General Education,
Manipal, while honouring SVP, spoke of thier long association with each
other, and SVP’s contribution to literature. Prof. K.S. Haridas Bhat,
Director RRC and Prof. H. Krishna Bhat, Director RGPRC were present.
Prof. SVP’s stay in D.K. for about a decade made a
special impact on the literary field. He would oblige everyone and took
pains to go to far off places to deliver speeches, which had a special
attraction both in content and style. The honours organised by SVP for
Yakshagana artists gave a boost to the art and set a trend. SVP was ‘a
friend of all’. We wish him a peaceful life at Mysore.
ULLAL URUS BEGINS
The famous "Ullal Urus", a five yearly festival (Nerche)
began at Ullal on March 30th. The Urus is celebrated in the name of the
great Saudi Arabian Soofi Saint Hajrath Sayyed Madani, who came to Ullal
and breathed his last here. The Saint is believed to be a man of
miracles and people from all religious visit the Darga and the Urus.
About 50 lakhs of people are expected to visit the celebrations and
elaborate arrangements are being made by the Committee led by Haji. U.K.
Ibrahim. The Urus concludes on 22nd of April. (Click here
for more on Ullala Darga)
ON TALAMADDALE PUBLISHED
A booklet on Talamaddale written by Dr. M. Prabhakara
Joshy has been recently published by the Publication and Division of the
Mangalore University. The books is of 45 pages and is priced Rs. 15/=.