Veerendra Heggade,conferred the "Padma Bhushana":
Kille Centenary :
Conference at Mangalore:
at Venur :
Muliya is no more :
of Yakshagana dolls from March 25:
artistes to receive State Yakshagana academy awards:
Dasa Bhagavatha Passes away
Basava is No More
Sri Veerendra Heggade,conferred the "Padma
We respectfully congratulate Sri. Dr.
Sri Veerendra Heggade, Dharmadhikari of Dharmastala, on his being
conferred the prestigious "Padma Bhushana" Award for his
multifarious social service. The award has been by the Govt. of
India for his services in the field of education, religion and social
welfare. Sri.Heggade heads a number of institutions dedicated to
service. His "Gramabhivriddhi Yojana" (village
upliftment project) has won special appreciation all over. There
is a Yakshagana Troupe under his leadership. The "Dharmastala Mela"
as it is popularly known, has a history of over two centuries. We
congratulate him and wish him greater laurels.
Kille Centenary :
Sri Narayana Kille Birth Centenary
programmes were recently inaugrated at
Mangalore, with a daylong deliberations including seminars and
Talamaddale.Sri. N.S. Kille(1900-1952) was a freedom fighter and social
worker besides being a famous arthadari in the Talamaddale. He was
known for his powers as an orator and a performer. He was a
dedicated Gandhian. Kille centenary programmes will to be held all
over the State and will culminate with a grand validictory in January
Yakshagana conference at Mangalore
A Yakshagana artists conference is being organised at
Mangalore University on 20th and 21st of March, 2000. It is the first of
its kind. It is being organised by the Folkloge and Yakshagana Academy,
Govt. of Karnataka and District administration of D.K. About 500
artists, experts and art lovers are likely to attend. The agenda
includes discussion on art, artists' welfare, and performances by famous
Vittal Shetty Honoured
Senior Yakshagana troupe owner and organiser Kalladi Vittal Shetty was
honoured at his native place Ira, near Mangalore by the Ira Youth Club
in a grand function. Various speakers lauded Kalladi's service spanning
50 years as a successful art organiser.
Mahamastakabhisheka at Venur
A Mahamastakabhisheka festival was held at the famous Jain pilgrim
centre Venur from 13th to 18th of March. This ceremony and festival is
held in honour of Bahubali the great tapasvi. A magnificient statue of
Sri Bahubali stands at Venur. This grand ceremony was held 44 years
back. Over 3 lack people visited the festival, which was well organised
by a committee led by Sri. D. Veerendra Heggade of Dharmastala.
Muliya is no more
Talamaddale artist, critic, researcher Sri. Muliya Mahabala Bhat,
Advocate died recently. He was 75. He has written and edited books on
Yakshagana. He has also conducted some workshops. He was known for his
quality performance, and balanced views as a critic.
Exhibition of Yakshagana dolls
from March 25
BANGALORE, March 14 (DHNS)
A seven-day exhibition of dolls depicting characters
from the Ramayana and Mahabharata in Yakshagana tradition will be held
at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan from March 25 to 31.
Eminent artists Manorama and Raman, who have no formal training in
making dolls have created 25 dolls based on Yakshagana traditions, which
are highly colourful with rich costumes and expressions. The eight inch
figures are made of resin.
Various costumes worn by Yakshagana artistes were studied in detail and
sketches were made to record these details in addition to photographs.
Based on all this information, various characters were carved in plaster
of paris. Moulds were taken from these and replicas cast.
These dolls will be on permanent display at a museum in Saligrama,
Kundapur taluk in Udupi district in memory of eminent Kannada
litterateur Shivarama Karanth.
There will be demonstration on doll-making by the artists during the
artistes to receive State Yakshagana academy awards
BANGALORE, Jan 20 (DHNS)
Karnataka Janapada and Yakshagana Academy has announced its awards for
the year 1999 to 35 persons for excellance in various sections of art.
Academy Chairman Dr Kalegowda Nagawara announced the list of awardees
here today. The award carries a cash prize of Rs 5000, a shawl and a
momento. They will be given away at Janapada Loka in Ramanagara,
Bangalore rural district in February.
Following is the list of awardees: Mr Sambanna Puruwanta, Gulbarga
(Ekatari), Mr Siddaramappa Kaplapure, Bidar, (folk song), Mr Parasappa
Kallappa Atheppanavar, Bijapura (Kardi Majalu), Mr Rmanna Venkappa
Shirola, Bagalakote (Krishna Parijata), Ms Malabai Santrama Sambrekara,
Belgaum (Krishna Parijata), Mr Tulsappa Hanumappa Dasara, Dharawad, (Gee
Gee Pada), Mr Damlappa Jampaleppa Lamani, Gadaga (Doddaata), Mr
Channabasappa Basappa Ajagondra, Haveri (Doddaata); Mr Belagallu
Veeranna, Bellary (Togalu Bombeyaata) Mr Imam Saheb, Koppala, (folk
song), Ms Shantamma, Chitradurga (flok lore), Mr Rudrappa, Davanagere,
(Bala Basav), Mr Lingappa Mannoor, Raichur (folk song), Mr N
Sanjeevappa, Kolar (Bayalaata), Mr Madganahatti Dasappa, Tumkur
(Junjappa Mahakaavya), Mr Dombara Hucchappa, Shimoga (Dollina
Haadu), Mr Gode Narayana Hegde, Uttara Kannada, (Yakshagana-male
character), Mr Kunjalu Ramakrishna Nayak, Udupi (Yakshagan-comedian), Mr
Pakkala Kunja Krishna Nayak, Dakshina Kannada (Yakshagana- male
character), Mr Dodda Giriyappa, Chickmaglur (Veeragase), Mr Malaiah,
Hassan, (Tamburipada) Mr
Puttalingaiah, Bangalore rural (Bhagavantike Mela), Mr Chikkanarasappa,
Bangalore urban (Tamate Vaadana), Ms Hanumamma, Mandya (Sobane Pada), Ms
Katte Siddamma, Mysore (Sobane Pada), Mr Kuntoor Kala Shetti,
Chamarajanagara (Neelagararu), Mr Harijan K Narasaaiah, Kodagu (Mori
Special award for outside Kannadaiga Mr Kedgadi Guddappa Gowda,
Kasaragod, (Yakshagana), Scheduled Tribe special award for Mr Chinnaiah,
Ramanagara taluk, (Iruligaru singing), and Folk Music special award Mr
Folklore experts award: Dr H J Lakkappa Gowda, Dr M N Wali and
Dr N Thapaswikumar.
The Academy has given awards for best folk lore books for the year 1998
to the following works, which carries Rs 3,000 each cash prize. They
are, 'Bhagavathi Aaraadhane` (research work) by Prof Amruta Someshwara
and 'Maatinaragini` (folk story collection) by Dr P K Rajashekhara.
Announcing the names of the awardees here today, Dr Nagawara urged the
State government to give the annual 'Janapada Shree` awards to at least
five folk lore artists for the next 20 years. At present, one Janapada
Shree award is being given every year.
He noted that a large number of folk lore artists are there in the State
and the ''best`` of them cannot be covered under the existing scheme. He
also said that the Academy will hold a convention of Yakshagana artists
from Canara districts at Mangala Gangotri in Mangalore on March 14 and
Maravanthe Dasa Bhagavatha Passes away
Senior yakshagana Bhagavatha, Maravanthe Narasimha Dasa
passed away at Maravanthe recently. He was 80. Considerd to be one of the
greats of his time, Dasa Bhagawatha represented high standard traditional
singing. In his death, Yakshagana has lost a very important
representative of pristine Badaguthittu singing. He is survived by his
wife and five children.
Born in a family of a singing community DASARU, Narasimha had the
guidance of great artists like Sheshagiri Bhaghawatha and Veerabhadra
nayak. Endowed with a sweet and powerful voice ideally suited for
yakshagana,he became a star by the age of twenty five. Dasa was
outstanding in his grip of raga, rhythm and purity of style. His
singing was very effective. He has service of about fifty TIRUGATAS
(tour season). He was well versed in both Thenku and Badagu styles, a rare
accomplishment. He was recipient of Karnataka Folklore Academy Award and
Polya Dejappa Shetty Award besides many public honours.
His brothers Late
was also a leading Bhagawatha.
Suragikatte Basava is No More
Leading Maddale player Suragikatte Basava Ganiga died at
his native recently at the age of 73. A disciple of Guru Gopala Rao, Basava served
yakshagana for five decades and for 45 years in the famous Mandarthi
troupe alone. He began his career as an actor, and later shifted to
Maddale. Basava Ganiga is considerd to be a high quality purcussionist
and a master of tradition and stage convention. He is survived by his
wife and four children.