Samaga Passes Away:
Sheni Turns Eighty Two:
Shambhu is Sixty:
Samaga Passes Away:
Shankaranarayana Samaga, a legendary artist and Haridasa, passed
away on the first of August at the age of eighty nine. Popularly
known as ‘Dodda Samaga’, (distinguishing from his younger
brother ‘Sanna Samaga’ – Ramdas Samaga) he is considered among
all time great artist of Yakshagana. An artist, freedom fighter,
Samaga ruled the Yakshagana as a major artist for about four
decades. Known for excellent depiction of various characters with
outstanding command over the spoken word, and Puranic scholarship,
he had worked in both Southern and Northern styles. He was very much
revered for his talent, scholarship, simplicity and ability. We
salute the great soul and pray for him.
Turns Eighty Two:
great poet of the spoken word’ a major actor and Haridasa, Sheni
Gopalakrishna Bhat turned Eighty Two this year. His
Sahasrachandra (Thousand Moons) felicitations were held at his birth
place Bela at Kasargod, recently. A collossal influence in
Yakshagana, Sheni’s characterisation, language, interpretation,
mood depiction, arguments and voice effect have rightly made him a
genius. Still achieve as Eighty Two, Sheni is an invaluable asset of
Artist, organiser, choreographer, Guru Keremane Shambhu Hegde
was felicitated on attaining the age of Sixty, recently. An
outstanding actor, fine dancer, Shambhu is a committed crusader for
the beauty, quality and tradition. The evergreen hero is young at
60, and forging ahead with plans towards a training centre and
theater complex at his native village Gunavante near Honnavar.
Senior artist Kolagi Anantha Hegde (60) is being honoured
soon, at Siddapur. A committee has been formed for the purpose. It
will organise Kolagi’s 60th year felicitations. A
souvenir will also be brought out on the occasion.
The 200th year of ‘Canara District’ was celebrated
recently. The United Coastal district was formed by the British Raj
in 1799. Later it was divided into North Canara and South Canara.
Still later, Kasargod was given to Kerala in 1956. In 1997, further
division created the Udupi and Mangalore districts.