Kadathoka Gets Nedle Award
|Yaksha Bhimana Nooru Hejjegalu|
Veteran singer Sri Kadathoka Manjunatha Bhagawatha has been nominated for the prestigious
NEDLE NARASIMHA BHAT AWARD of the year 2004. The award is instituted by The Nedle Foundation, headed by Nedle Rama Bhat.
The American Institute of Indian studies (AIIS) New Delhi has a rare treasure. It has in its archive 35 minutes of Yakshagana recorded in 1938. The recordings are a part of the collections made by the great ethno musicologist ARNOLD BAKE who toured southern and western India for collecting India’s performance traditions. These are probably the oldest available Yakshagana recordings. They include a performance of Thenkuthittu Yakshagana of about six minutes, with six characters and audio recordings of Yakshagana singing of both Thenku and Badagu(Southern and Northern styles. The southern style singing is from 'Virataparva’ and the Northern style singing is from 'Sudhanva'.
Famous Female Role Artist Sri Kota Vaikunta passed away at Guddattu of Kundapur Taluk recently. He was 68. Considered to be one of the major artist of his type, he served both in northern and southern styles, though he was basically a northern style artist. He was known for his ideal figure, nice depiction traditional style and effective acting. He also enacted male roles successfully
Amateur Artist Sripathi Innanje passed away at Innanje recently. He was only 42. He was working at the Innanje P U College. An active young man Sripathi was a good artist on Chande. A friendly helping young man Sripathi was very likable character. His sudden and untimely death has been mourned by artist relatives and friends with a sense of shock and loss.
A book on artist director organisor Keremane Shambu Hegde, written by Dr. G S Bhat, Sagar was recently released. The book is a Ph.D. thesis on Sri Shambu Hegde’s work as an artist and troop owner, Director. The book is well written and is a model for such documentation cum analytical research, capable of inspiring a series of similar books on important Yakshagana
A Yakshagana Sapthaha (Week) was organized at Sri Durga Parameshwari Temple School Kateel. Many famous artist participated
Srimaya Yakshagana Kendra, Sri Maha Ganapathi Yakhsgana Centre activites year were inaugurated at Keremane Shivarama Hegde Memorial Hall Gunavanthe Honnavar. Director Shambu Hegde and Secratory Shivanada Hegde hosted the programe. Artist critic Dr. M Prabhakar Joshy spoke on the occasion. Guru Heranjal Venkatramana initiated the training. Artists K Govinda Bhat, M R Vasudeva Samaga, Venkatesh Uphadaya, Vishwanath Shetty and others attended.
Yaksha Lahari Kinnigoli organized its 13th Yakshagana Sapthaha festival and anniversary at Yuga Purusha Hall Kinnigoli. The program featured 6 thalamadalle performances by select groups and a grand finale with anniversary. The last day’s thalamadale was by top ranking artists. Senior thalamadale artists Sri Y Harishchandra Rao was honored at the anniversary. The program was organized and hosted by the president of Yakshalahari T Shrinivas Bhat and associates supported by Bhuvandhirama Udupa.
Art suppoter, organisor, actor and sportsman Sri Umesh Nantoor passed away recently at Mangalore. He was 49. Sri Nantoor was working in Dubai and was on a holiday trip in Mangalore. He has organized number of tulu program and Yakhagana performances in UAE. His untimely death is a big loss to Kannada and Tulu literary and art fields in the Middle East.
Senior artists Sri Kumble Sunder Rao and Sri Mijjar Annappa were honored at Sri Venkatramana Temple Hall Moodabidri by the local organization Yaksha Balaga. The function was organized by the group leader Sri Shantaram Kudva and friends has a part of the 5th anniversary of Yaksha Balaga. The program featured a full night talamadhale by leading artists.
Yakshagana Week by Srikrishna Yaksha Sabha Mangalore featured 7 top class Yakshagana performances at town hall. 7 leading artists were honored with sanman, citation and purse. Yakshsabha president K Anantha Rama Rao and associates organized this festival at a project cost of about Rs.2,00,000
A month long Talamadhale series The Shravanamasa Yakshagana seva was organized at Sri Tirumala Venkatramana Temple Bantwal. Various Yakshagana associations participated and the grand final and anviversary was held on 11th September.
Senior actor Hosahithilu Mahalinga Bhat (68) received the prestigious SHENI GOPALKRISHAN BHAT DATTINIDHI FOUNDATION AWARD for this year, at Surathkal recently. The award carries a sanman, a citation and purse of Rs.15,000. The foundation founder Secretary Sri K Ramanath Rao organized and hosted the award function at Supreme Hall Surathkal as a part of the annual talamadhale organized by him. The program featured a talamadhale by top artist.
A 50 day home to home talamadhle series PARIYATANE is organized by Sri Dhanvantari Yakshagana Sangha, Uliya Madhoor, Kasaraod. This series is a unique campain to popularize Yakhagana in Kasaragod area and also to promote and preserve Kannada language in this border District. The president of the Sangha Sri Uliyatthaya Vishnu Asra and his associates have organized the series which is now half way completed.
A number of Yakshagana programs were organized in he costal malnad disricts and also in varios towns and cities of Karnataka, Mumbai, Chennai etc has a part of the great Indian festival Sri Ganesh Chaturthi. It is estimated that over 500 Yakshagana programms are presented during this Ganeshotava session at homes, temples, Ganeshotava pendals, Schools, Public function and private gatherings.
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