April 2000
March 2000











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.


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.  


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.


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, 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.



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 Style. Well 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 Troupe.

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 Upadhyaya, under 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.


‘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 College, Udupi.

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 handle work.

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.


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)


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/=.


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