Bhramari Mandali's Week-long Festival

The annual Yakshagana Bayalata Sapthaha organised by the Bhramari Yakshagana Mandali Kateel, concluded on the 29th of July at Kateel with a grand finale function and performance.  This twentyfifth anniversary, was a fitting beginning of the Silver Jubilee Year programmes, the function was organised at Saraswathi Sadan Hall Kateel.  

The Saptaha was inagurated by the Managing Trustee of the Kateel temple K Dayananda Shetty and President of the Bhramari Group Kateel Laxminaryana Asranna. Six leading amateur groups gave performances during the week.  Journalist Bhuvanabhirama Udupa and others were present.

On the Validictory Day, leading artist Kolyur Narayana Bhat was honoured with golden momento and a purse.  Sri Asranna welcoming the gathering gave an account of the Mandali's twenty five years of service.  The Chief Guest, poet B B Mujibail lauded the achievements of the Mandali.

Artist scholar Santur Sadashiva Rao delivered the main discourse for the day.  He stressed the need for devotion and dedication and said Kateel Sri Devi (Mother Deity) symbolised these values.  Media consultant adverising consultant Sri Pradeep Kalkura presiding over - said that Yakshagana has for centuries educated the people and helped us to know about our great culture through educative entertainment.

Thirty artists, including Dr M P Joshy were honoured for their valuable guidance and co-operation throughout the twenty five years.  Vidwan P Krishna Bhat, the Headmaster of the Kateel School and the secretary of the Mandali was accorded a 'surprise honour'.  P Krishna Bhat, P Srinivasa Bhat and associates conducted the proceedings.

Leading artists led by Dr Bhaskarananda Kumar, Kolyur Ramachandra Rao, Kubanur Sridhar Rao presented a full night performance.  The programmes were well organised and well attended.







Gumpe Ramayya Rai Pases Away

Gumpe Ramayya Rai, one of the senior actors of Tenkuthittu Yakshagana, passed away recently at his family home Gumpe of Kasaragod District.  He was 65.  Sri Rai was a capable Veshadhari with a service of over four decades to the field.  He was well versed in the spoken word of Yakshagana.  His roles like Athikaya, Shakuni, Karna, Arjuna, Buddhivantha etc. had brought him fame.  His 'artha' was full of study of poetry, wit and effect.  He came under the influence of senior colleague Haridas Ramdas Samaga (Sanna Samaga) and emulated him ably.  He served in the Karnataka Mela for over twenty years.  He was famous both in Kannada and Tulu performances. 




'Murali' Honoured


Murali Kadekar, Secretary, Kalaranga Udupi was recently honoured at Udupi at one of the Talamaddale organised by the Kalaranga and associates. A young, energetic and capable organiser, popularly known as 'Murli' in and around Udupi, he has been the secretary of the Ranga for the last eight years.  His organising capacity came to the fore with this year's Silver Jubilee year program series of the organisation, which he organised very well.  He is instrumental in framing and executing the artists welfare schemes of this group.  'Murali' very reluctantly accepted the honour, and requested to bring in new people to shoulder the responsibilities. The honour was followed by a Talamaddale by leading artistes.








Yakshagana At Ladakh and Delhi

Sri Idagunji Mahaganapathi Yakshagana Mandali of Kermane Shambhu Hegde gave Yakshagana performances recently at Leh in Ladakh and at New Delhi. The programmes were sponsored by the cultural wing of the Government of India.  The troupe organisation was led by Keremane Shivananda Hegde.

The performances, though adapted to short version suiting the context, were well received by the learned audiences. 












Polya to Direct T V Serial


Senior Bhagawath Polya Laxminarayana Shetty has directed a thirteen episode Yakshagana T V Serial 'Shri Vaishnavidevi', produced by Chandrahasa Amin under Richen Media Syndicate Incorporated Bombay.  The story and episode prasanga are by Somanath Kotian and M T Poojary.  Recently the inaugural rehearsal was flagged off by Sri Jaya C Suvarna, President, Billava Association who wished in venture all success.  The serial is chiefly starred by amateurs including some female artists.  Besides Polya, singer Dinesh Ammannaya and Karnur Koragappa Rai have done the singing. 










   Madhya Venkat Rao is No More 


Teacher, Kannada and Sanskrit scholar, arthadhari Sri Madhya Venkat Rai Suratkal died recently at his residence in Mangalore at the age of 88.  He was a scholarly arthadhari in Talamaddale, a pravachanakara (epic discourse speaker), a social worker, and a trustee of religious shrines.  He had also acted in and directed plays.












Trivikrama Shenoy gets Dogra Poojary Award

"Late Sri Dogra Poojary was a great supporter of art and artists.  His position as a Yakshagana organiser was a revolution as it symbolised an upward movement of a class also.  An award in his name is a significant event" said Dr M P Joshy presiding over the twentieth Dogra Poojary Commemoration Award function at Mangalore.  He outlined the achivements of the awardee artist Nandikur Trivikrama Shenoy, a veteran 'Bannada' (Demon Role) actor of Yakshagana.

Sri Shenoy has served the art for over four decades in various art troupes of Bombay, the Kateel Mela and the Sunkadakatte Mela, with distinction.  He is an accomplished artist with a grip over make up tradition, acting, dance and stage convention, capable of combining them effectively into good artistic expression.  Sri Shenoy was honoured with a shawl, a scroll, Phalatambula and a purse.

The award has been instituted by the Dogra Poojary Smaraka Kendra.  Sri Poojary was a troup organiser and artist and had supported many artists in times of difficulty. 

The function was held at the University College Auditorium Mangalore. Sri Mundappa Bolur welcomed the gathering.  Prof Shambha Sharma made the felicitation address and gave a sketch of Sri Shenoy's artistic talent.  Artist Kumble Sundar Rao recalled his association with Sri Shenoy.  Prof G K Bhat Seraje conducted the proceedings.  Sri Shenoy called upon all art loving public to take steps to preserve and develop the great traditional art. Madhukumar Bolur and Damodar Nisarga organised the function.  The award function was followed by a Talamaddale 'Shurpanakha' featuring Bhagawath Raghuram Holla, Dr Joshy, Kumble Sundar Rao, Bhaskar Rai, Shambhu Sharma, Murali Kateel and Krishnayya Acharya.  Prominent personalities like Prof Ananta Someshwar, MLA Vijayakumar Shetty attended the function. 








Reserved Area Proposed For Yakshagana At Nehru Maidan

The Mangalore City Corporation, in response to a request by a group of artists, has agreed to earmark a portion of the Nehru Maidan for Yakshagana professional troupes.

The city corporation commisioner Sri J R Lobo, assured the delegation led by Sri Nagesh Salian, President, Karnataka Samskritika Kriyavedike, a federal body of artists and art organisation of the Coastal Karnataka region.  The Commissioner suggested the forum members to prepare a site plan to facilitate the work being taken up.  

The proposal put forward by the Kriyavedike, a year back, was accepted in principle by the then Mayor Sri Ramesh Kotian and the Commissioner A B Ibrahim.  The northern strip of the maidan, behind the Town hall measuring about 300 feet by 100 feet has been propsed for the purpose.  The area will be fenced and a stage will be put up there.  

The delegation also appraised the Corporation of some inadequacies at the Town Hall.





Devarpal Krishna Rao Passes Away

Leading Social worker and Yakshagana singer Devarpal Krishna Rao of Kalasa died recently at the age of 90.  He was a capable aritst, an organiser of religious and cultural programmes and a guru.  





Durgappa Gets Srinivas Udupa Award

Famous percussionist Sri Durgappa Gudigar, Bhatkal has been slected for the Karkada Srinivasa Udupa for this year.  The award commemorates the late Udupa, one of the founders of Makkala Mela (Childrens Yakshagana Troupe), Saligrama.  He was a teacher and art organiser.

The awardee, Durgappa Gudigar is basically from Srisi.  He is a maddale player of outstanding ability.  He is known for his special finger beats, creative beating, quick follow work and dedication to work.  He has served in the Idagunji, Kota, Sirsi and Perdur Troupes, for the last three decades.






Yakshagana Workshop At Brahmavar

Yakshagana Kendra Training Center of Udupi presented a Yakshagana tradition workshop at Brahmavara on 30th of August.  The workshop included presentation of various traditional dance items like entry dancer, jalakeli (water play), battle dance and variety steps of various talas. The workshop was organised by Ajapura Karnataka Sangha.  Inaugurating the workshop, senior Bhagawatha Gopady Vittal Patil gave a call to preserve the beauty of the dance and conventions of Yakshagana.  He condemned the mutilation caused in the name of "new steps" and "new singing". Presiding over the Janapadashree Awardee, Senior Maddalegar Sri Hiriyadka Gopala Rao lauded the effort of the Karnataka Sangha in supporting Yakshagana and literary activities. 

Principal Nilavara Laxminarayana Rao of the Kendra introduced the workshop Sri Brahmavara Subbanna Bhat, the chief organiser welcomed and thanked the gathering. The teacher at the Kendra Guru Bannanje Sanjiva Suvarna directed and conducted the workshop which won wide appreciation.  Suvarna gave and exemplary show of Direction.  

The Chief Guest at the Validictory, Sri H Sridhara Hande, spoke of the need and importance of such workshops in fostering the tradition and building up the interest.  The sponsorer of the programme Sri Sadashiva Aithala of Brahmavara was present and encouraged the artists and organisers. 

The students of the Yakshagana Kendra performed 'Hidimba Vivaha' episode in the traditional style. The workshop was well appreciated and well attended. 





Farewell  M S Krishna Bhat
Welcome Ananthakrishna



The popular and dynamic Chairman of Karnataka Bank Ltd, Mangalore, a leading private bank, retired on the 11th of July.  A capable administrator, an expert on banking, a lover of art and culture, Krishna Bhat led the bank to great heights.  It is hoped that his retired life will be active.

Sri T Ananthakrishna, the chief General Manager of the Bank now, has been appointed to succeed the retiring Chairman.  Soft spoken, able cultured Sri Ananthakrishna is a worthy successor.  







Tulu Festival At Mysore

A grand Tulu Festival was organised by Karnataka Tulu Akademi and D K Zilla Association Mysore, at Kalamandir Mysore.  Ex C M Sri Veerappa Moily inagurated and spoke of the achievement of Tuluvas.  Experts presented papers on the contribution of Tuluvas to Kannada culutre.  The conference featured poetry reading, Yakshagana, Tiger Dance (Hulivesha), Yakshagana dance, Light music concert, humour book exhibition and a validictory. There was enthusiastic participation.  The stage decoration with Tulunadu cultural orientation provided a befitting ambience to the festival. 






Yakshaprabha, a monthly dedicated to Yakshagana has entered its sixth year of publication, this August. Edited and published by Bhagawatha Kubanur Sridhar Rao (Singer, director in one of the two form troupes from Kateel). Yakshaprabha is a ten page monthly containing articles and news. It is a very significant attempt to run the magazine for Yakshagana and a difficult task too. The magazine has gained strength during the last six years and now it is able to stand on its own, after difficult times. It is the second such  magazine in  Kannada after Kadathoka Manjunatha Bhagawath had published Yakshagana magazine in the sixties and again in the eighties.

We congratulate Kubanur and his team for their laudable achievement, and wish them greater success in the years to come.








A Talamaddale arthadhari, prasanga author, Sri Golithodka Parameshwar Bhat (80) died recently in Mangalore. A retired Kannada teacher, Sri Bhat was an able performer in Talamaddale. He has written the famous Yakshagana prasanga "Chandrahara Charitre". He was an associate of Polali Shastri and was awarded the Polali Shastri Commemoration honour in 1995.









Guddappa Gowda Honoured

 Leading artist, Kalagadi Guddappa Gowda was honoured in a function  organised by artist Sampaje Seenappa Rai. Art supporter and film personality Deviprasad Sampaje presided. Vidhwan P Krishna Bhat, Prabhakar Shishila, Pradeep Kumar Kalkura and  Dr Joshy were the guests. Lion Navaneeth Shetty conducted the programme. The honour was followed by a night long Yakshagana performance.











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