Author, Administrator, Organiser, Folklorist Ku. Shi. Haridas Bhat Passes Away

Prof Ku Shi Haridas Bhat (Kunjibettu Shiva Haridas Bhat), a rare combination of many achievements, interests and concerns, one of the tallest figures in Kannada cultural circles, passed away at Udupi on the 20th of August.  He was Seventy Six.

Popularly known as 'Kushi', Prof. Bhat was a person with an outstanding contribution to whatever activity he took up.  He was a lecturer and later Principal of MGM College Udupi.  Later he became the Director of RRC Floklore Study Institute and of Rashtrakavi Govinda Pai Research Center of the MGM College.  He organised very successfylly many conferences, festivals, performances, workshops, documentation seminars.  He gave a new dimension to the Tulu movement by his deeds and thoughts.  He led the publication of over fifty books - all of great academic value.  He supported and encouraged young writers.  His tremendous capacity at organisation won him worldwide acclaim. 

Prof Bhat was teacher of Economics besides being a scholar in Kannada, Tulu and Hindi.  He has toured Europe and Asian countries leading art troupe and cultural delegations. He has over thirty books, hundereds of speeches to his credit.

Prof Bhat is survived by his wife, three sons and two daughters.  His places is, as Sri K K Pai, Chairman Manipal Group of Institutions has put it, "really unique" and "his death really an irreparable loss. 

(Also, see Kushi Profile )









Talamaddale Season in Full Flow

Talamaddale, is an indoor variety of Yakshagana specially designed for the wet season.  The main reason of Talamaddale performances is between July to November.  This year the season is in full flow, in the entire Yakshagana area - D K, Udupi, Uttara Kannada, Kasaragod, Shimoga, Chikmagalur and other areas. There have already been over few hundred major and minor performances with young and old artists giving exposition to the prasangas. 









M K Ramesh Achar Honoured

Leading female role actor Sri M K Ramesh Achar Thirthalli, was recently honoured at Hariharpur in function organised by a committeee at Malleshayya Chatra.  Sri Alige Vivekananda, President of Kannada Sahitya Parishat, Koppa who presided over, gave a call to make a study of the contributions of Malnad area to Yakshagana.  He said Sri Ramesh Achar is a very good artist and he is the proud possession of Malnad Kalabhimanis.

Sri Kumble Sundar Rao, artist and ex-MLA recalled his association with Sri Ramesh Achar.  Prof M L Samaga, Vidwan Umakanth Bhat, Dr M P Joshy were guests of honour.  Sri Ramesh Achar thanked the committee for the honour and said that he would try to live up to the expectations of the abhimanis.  The function was organised and coordinated by Sri M L Ramachanadra Rao and H S Manjunatha.  Two Talamaddale Prasangas - 'Sharasethu and Karnaparva' were performed on the occasion.





Sri Doomanna Shetty Honoured 

Senior Arthadari Sri Balagutthu Doomanna Shetty was honoured with the presigious Polali Shasthry Award recently at the function organised at 'Ramyusha', Tadambail, Sruatkal the residence of Sri K Ramanath Rao.  Sri Rao is one of the disciples of Sri Shetty. 

Sri Harikrishna Punaroor, President D K District Sahithya Parishat, presided over and gave away the Award.  Sri Ramanath Rao felicitated Sri Doomanna Shetty.  Sri P Shashidhara Aithala presented the memento.  Sri Sheni Gopalakrishna Bhat honoured Sri Shetty, A B Shetty Polali, M P Joshy, Navneeth Shetty Kadri, Kuble Sundar Rao, Ex-Mayor Devanna Shetty, Kasturi Varadaraya Pai, Perla Krishna Bhat, Jokatte Mohammed and many other dignitories were present.  Sri Bhasakar Rai Kukkuvalli conducted the proceedings. 

Sri K Nityananda Karanth thanked on behalf of Polali Shastri Samithi.  The honour was followed by a Talamaddale 'Brahmavidya' and 'Karnaparva' by senior artists. 








Troupes Begin Their Chowthi Thirugata

It has been customary in the last few decades for a number of professional groups led by an artist to take up a 'Chowthi Thirugata' during two to three weeks following Ganesh Chaturthi.  The troupes are formed for this specific purpose.  They perform at the Ganeshotsava festivals by Sarvajanika Ganesh Utsava Committees, Malnad areas, the coastal, Bangalore, Mysore and Madras.  These tours provide a good opportunity to the artists as well as to the art lovers of these areas to see performances by artists picked from various Melas and formed into a compact group.

Yakshagana play and Talamaddale are part of the Ganesh Chaturthi in celebrations all over the Yakshagana area both at the public level and also at some domestic level festivals. 

It is common experience that no artist - professional or amateur - is free on days of Ganesh Chaturthi.

Note: The two famous traditional invocations of Yakshagana are the songs beginning -

'Gajamukhadavage Ganapage'

'Mudadinda Ninna Kondaduvenu  Anavaratha Madavur Vignesha'

These 2 songs are in use all over the coast - in all the styles and forms of Yakshagana.






Moodambail Shastry Honoured

Senior Arthadari, Sri C Gopalakrishna Shasthry Moodambail was honoured at Sri Venkatramana Temple Hall, Bantwal on the 26th of August in the function organised to celebrate the anniversary and the validictory of the Shravana Masa Yakshagana Talamaddale series organised by Sri Tirumala Venkatramana Swamy Yakshagana Sangha.

Sri B Damodhar Prabhu, Managing Trustee of the Temple who presided over said that the temple will continue supporting and encouraging the art.  Sri Shastry was honoured with a shawl, a scroll, phala tamboola and momento.  He outlined his interest and involvement in the art and stressed the need for Puranic scholarship to enrich the 'Artha'.

He thanked the Sangha and his co-artists and Gurus.  Dr Joshy felicitated him by outlining his achivements. Basti Vamana Shenoy Trustee and Committee members proposed in vote of thanks.  The trustees, executives of the temple, senior artists led by Perla Krishna Bhat were present.  The programme was followed by Talamaddale performances of 'Dakshadhvara' and 'Seethapahara'.

Note: Sri Tirumala Venkatramana Temple Bantwal has been arranging a month long Talamaddale series for over a century.  A legend has it that a Bhagawath called Manjunatha recovered a lost idol of the Lord from the Kodagu King by presenting a Yakshagana Talamaddale.  So that is being commemorated till today by the 'Shravana Masa' series.  This series offers good opportunities to many Sanghas (Associations) as it gives a platform for their performances. 





Balakrishna Kolya gets Paniyadi Award

"Sri S U Paniyadi was a pioneering leader in the Tulu movement.  He was a freedom fighter.  His work in Tulu is really a part of his freedom struggle, inspired by Mahatma Gandhiji's call to revive and rejuvenate our languages. Tulu Yakshaganas have actually carried forward the light kindled by Sri Paniyadi" said Dr Prabhakara Joshy presiding over the S U Paniyadi Award function organised by Tulukoota Udupi, Essel Advertisers Udupi.

Sri Balakrishna Kolya was given the Award for his novel Agga-One which was released on the occasion by artist Kumble Sundar Rao.  Sri Kumble called upon Tuluvas to support such efforts and use Tulu language in a creative way.  The award winner Sri Balakrishna Kolya narrated the background of his novel.  The president of UAE Tulukoota Sri Krishnaraja Tantry, the sponsor of the award felicitated the awardee and organisers.  

Sri U Damodar, Vice President of Tulukoota welcomed .  K P Kekunnaya and Harish Bolur conducted the proceedings.  Prof. G r Rai, Sri Sudhir, Haridas Ramdas Samaga were present on the occasion.  

The function held at PPC Hall Udupi, was followed by the Talamaddale 'Karna Bhedana' and 'Athikaya Moksha' by leading artists. 




Scholar Thalthaje is 75

Poet, Yakshagana artist, research scholar, lexicographer, folklorist Sri Prof Thalthaje Keshava Bhat turned seventy five recently.

Born at Thalthaje near Bayur (now in Kasargod) Keshava Bhat is a scholar in Kannada, Samskritha and Hindi.  He has about 40 books to his credit, besides hundreds of articles.  He has been a reputed teacher, researcher, text book writer, poet and folklorist.  His special interests are ancient Kannada literature, Yakshagana and folk songs. 

He has had keen interest in Yakshagana since his childhood. He is a Bhagawatha and Maddalegar besides being a prasanga writer. He lives in Bangalore and is active in scholarly pursuits.

A committe has been set up to felicitate Sri Thalthaje by publishing about three thousand pages of his writings and a felicitation volume containing his life and achievements.  The convenor Sri K P Rajgopal has appealed to the abhimanis for co-operation.  His email is:





 Yakshakardama - Programme at Bangalore

Yakshakardama, a group of artists at Bangalore presented a performance of 'Mathsyamadhava Mahime' (Karkatasura Vadhe) at Yavanika Auditorium, Bangalore.  The show was directed by Sri K P Rajgopal.  

Sri L W Lobo, Regional Director ICCR, released the souvenir 'Yakshakardama' on the occasion. 





Athrady Kalakoota - Fourth Anniversary

Yakshagana Kalakoota, Athrady celebrated its fourth 'Foundation Day' recently at the Government School Athrady.  Sri Narayana Upadhyaya of the Parika temple, Sri Mahabala Shetty, Retired Inspector, Sri Bhavanishankar Nayak, Smt Appi Bai, Headmisterss and other guests graced the occasion.  Dr Padekallu Vishnu Bhatta conducted the programme.  It was followed by a Talamaddale 'Draupadi Swayamvara by senior artists and members of the Koota.






Artist K Narasimha is No More

Yakshagana artist Kemmannukere Narasimha (45) died recently at Saibrakatte of Kundapur Taluk.  Sri Narasimha had retired after over few decades of service in various Melas of Badaguthittu.  His roles like Abhimanyu, Kichaka, Hanuman had made a mark.  He was a versatile artist knowing Chende and Sangeetha and was dedicated professional of all-round ability.






One More Bhamini

A performance of the experimental yakshagana performance 'Bhamini', a one role (EKAHARYA) yakshagana female role expression was presented by Sri Mantapa Prabhakara Upadhyaya at Bharathiya Vidya Bhavan Mangalore recently.  Bhamini is a concept designed, directed and written by well known scholar writer 'Shathavadhani' Dr R Ganesh Bangalore.  It is a presentation in dance, of the various moods of a Nayika (heroine) as enumerated in Natyashastra.  It involoves feelings like love, separation, craving for the hero, anger, disillusionment etc, in a broader framework of philosophic suggestion.  It is a type of 'allegory' dance series, combining feminine love with a soul's craving for the Lord, Paramatma.  Earlier Dr R Ganesh gave an Asthavadhana performance.  (It is a traditional art combining scholarship, intelligence, wit and memory where in eight 'Chalengers' question the 'Avadhani' who replies to all of them as per complicated rules of the game).  The avadhana lasted over three hours.

Both the programmes were organised by Sri Shankara Prathistana Kotekar and Bharathiya Vidya Bhavan, Mangalore Kendra.

Sri Sathyashankara Bollava, Chairman of the Shankara Prathistana led and co-ordinated the programmes.  Sri B Damodar Prabhu, Hon. Secretary Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan welcomed.  Artists Kolyur Ramachandra Rao and Kumble Sundar Rao, gave their response and appreciated the 'Bhamini' and 'Avadhana' performances.

More on Yakshagana Bhamini 






Yakshalahari - Decennial Celebrations

Yakshalahari, Kinnigoli organised a series of functions including 'Tenkutitu Havyasi Kalavidara Talamaddale Competition, bringing out a souvenir 'yakshadasa' and honouring eminent artists during its Decennial Celebrations.

The Talamaddale competition was inaugurated by Trn Dr Satish Holla at Yugapurusha Kinnigoly on 02.08.2000.  These competitions continued till 11.08.2000 and 12 selected troupes participated in it.  Finally 'Yakshakoota' puttur, Sri Vinayaka Yakshagana Mandali, Tadambail and 'Tenkutittu Yakshagana Hitarakshana Vedike, Sullia' were declared as the winners of the I, II and III prizes respectively.  The prizes were sponsored by Corporation Bank, Mangalore (I), M/S Kaveri Sales Coroporation Moodbidri - Kaveri, Kinnigoly (II) and M/S Padmashree Agencies, Moodbidri (III).  The prizes were given away to the winners during the main function on 12.08.2000.

The main function of the Decennial Celebrations was chaired by Mr Amarnath Shetty, Ex-Minister who praised the activities of Yakshalahari, Sri Laxmi Narayana Asranna of Kateel blessed the occasion.  

Yakshagana artist and eminent scholar Mr Booba yane Dooja Shetty, Korgi Venkateshwara Upadhyaya, Simanthoor Narayana Shetty, P Srinivasa Bhat and Mukyaprana were felicitated during this occasion.  Sri P Krishna Bhat introduced and felicitated these artist.  Besides 'Yakshashree' and 'Kalaposhaka' honours were conferred on those eminent personalities who were generous enough to help Yakshalahari in organising these events.  Dr M Prabhakar Joshi felicitated these personalities.

'Yakshadasa' a commemorative souvenir with informative articles and write-ups of various scholars was also released during this occassion.

Mr M S Krishna Bhat, Sri P Karunakar Alva, Sri Abhayachandra, MLA, Sri Harikrishna Punaroor, Sri Mohandas Suratkal, Sri Bhuvanabhirama Udupa and many others participated in the function as chief guests. 





Prof. K S Narayanacharya's Discourses at Mangalore

Senior religious and literary scholar Prof. K S Narayanacharya of Dharwad, delivered a fifteen day discourse series on Sri Ramayana at Sri Venkatramana temple Mangalore.  In his scholarly exposition Prof. Acharya narrated and analysed the story of Sri Rama, in the religious moral and religious dimension. The lecture series was arranged by the Satsangha committee, to commemorate the 75th birthday of Guru Sri Sudhindrathirtha Swamiji of Kashi Mutt.  Prof. Acharya was honoured by the committee at the concluding ceremony.






Idagunji Troupe's Tour of South East Asia

Sri Idagunji Maha Ganapathi Yakshagana Mandali, Keremane completed a performance tour of South East Countries from the 13th of August to the 29th of August.  The troupe was led by the director Keremane Shambhu Hegde and Secretary Shivananda Hegde.  The troupe had a hectic programme of tour which included Myanmar, Singapore, Malaysia, Laos and Philippines.  The tour was organised by the ICCR, New Delhi.

The performance were received very well in these countries. 





Durgappa gets Srinivasa Udupa Award

Famous Maddlegar Sri Durgappa Gudigar was awarded the Late Karkada Srinivasa Udupa Award at Saligrama, recently.

The award has been instituted in the name of Late Sri Srinivasa Udupa, Karada near Saligrama.  Sri Udupa was renowned teacher and one of the founders of Makkala Mela (Children's Troupe), Saligrama.  

The Children's Troupe has made outstanding contribution to Yakshagana by training children and giving quality performances.

The function organised by the Udupa Trust was held at Sri Vani Vilasa Sanskrit School, Saligrama.  The octogenarian artist-organiser advocate M M Hegde presided.  Sri B Ganapathi, Sub-Editor 'Taranga', Karunakara Shetty, Troup proprietor of Perdoor Mela and Bhagawatha Subramanya Dhareshwar spoke on the achievements, professionalism and team performanace of Sri Gudigar.  K M Udupa and H Sridhara Hande organised the programme which was supposed by the Rotary Club Kota - Saligrama. 






Yakshagana Association Inaugurated At S D M College, Ujire

A Yakshagana Sangha was inaugurated at the S D M College Ujire by senior artist Sri Kumble Sundar Rao on the 29th of August.  The Sangha is a forum for training and performance for the students. Sri Rao stressed the need for preserving cultural forms.  Principal Dr B Yahsovarma who welcomed, gave a call to all the youngsters to take keen interest in Yakshagana. 

The inaugeral featured a Talamaddale 'Krishna Sandhana' by well known artists.  The performance wascoordinated by Sri N Ashoka Bhat, Ujire.






Malla Yakshagana Sangha Planning Silver Jubilee

Sri Durgaparameshwari Yakshagana Sangha, Malla, Kasargod is planning to celebrate its Silver Jubilee in the next March, in a grand way.  The Sangha was founded by Late Sri Puttige Ramakrishna Joisa, one of the great Bhagawathas of yesteryears in 1975.

The office bearers of the Sangha Vishnu Bhat, Raghuram, and Narayana have informed in a press release that a Silver Jubilee Committee has been set up to plan a three day programme. 





Mankude Sanjivanna Remembered 


Famous lady role actor Late Sri Mankude Sanjiv Shetty was fondly remembered at a function organised as commemoration programme at the Tulu Akademy Mangalore on the 30th August.  Two of Sanjivanna's collegues  - Kumble Sundar Rai and Kolyur Ramachandra Rao narrated their days with him and outlined his contribution to Tulu Yakshagana, his unassuming nature, blemish less character and his dedication to duty. 

Akademy President H B Shetty Polali who presided paid homage tot eh artist. Dr Vaman Nandavan and Registrar H S Shivarudrappa conducted the programme. 

"Seethapahara" prasanga was presented by senior artists in Talamaddale form.

Tribute to Kushi: At the above function, Akademi President Polali paid tribute to Late K S Haridas Bhat. He also announced Tulu Akademi's intentions to conduct a full day seminar on Kushi as a respect to the great soul.





Balipa Prathistana Programmes


Balipa Bhagawatha Trust (Prathistana) is body foundedby the abhimanis of the great Bhagawath Late Balipa Narayana Bhagawath (Grandfather of presently famous Balipa Narayana Bhagawath).  It is functioning at Perla of Kasargod District.  It organises training programmes and performance festivals at Perla. 

This year's programmes include a week long Talamaddale competition from 10th to 16th of September, honouring of the octagenarian maddalegar Nedle Narasimha Bhat and a Talamaddale by senior artists on the last day - the President of the Trust Sri S Madhava Bhat has sought the co-operation of the admirers and art lovers.









 Bannanje Discourse Series


Vidyavachaspathi Bannanje Govindacharya is a big name in the field of religious discourses and Sanskrit scholarship.  Billava Seva Sangha Udupi organised a week long discourse series by Bannanje on Bhagavadgeetha form August  26th to September 1st, 2000 at Narayana Guru Sabha Bhavan.  Sri Bannanje was honoured by the Sangha on the concludingt day.








 Dondole Koota Celebrates Golden Jubilee


The Ganesh Chaturthi Talamaddale at Dondole in Dharmasthala completed fifty years this year.  The regular annual programme started by Late Sri D Suryanarayana Rao, is being continued by his sons and daughters led by D Shankarrama Rao.

The Jubilee year programme of this year featured honouring of artists (including posthumus), Bhajan Sabha programmes and a full night Talamaddale by leading artists.  Sri D Harshendra Kumar Dharmastala presided over. 







Three Awards Installed 

Sri Veermaruthi Yakshagana Association of Kodapadavu has installed 3 awards for Yakshagana - The Kukkila Krishna Bhat Award for critics and researchere, Kargallu Subbanna Bhat Award for female role actors and Diwana Bhima Bhat for Himmela (background music).  This year's award function is to be held at Kodapadavu Sri Veeramaruthi temple surroundings, on the 8th of September says a press release by the President of the Award Committee Sri Pundikai Venkatramana Bhat. 









Four Troupes Announce Their Artists and Prasangas


As Usual, four leading melas have announced their next season's artists and new story prasangas.  The Karnataka Yakshagana Nataka Shabha, Sri Ananthapadmanabha Yakshagana Mandali Perdur, Sri Guruprasad Yakshagana Mandali Saligrama, and Sri Mangaladevi Yakshagana Mandali, Mangalore have come out with big advertisement in 'Udayavani' announcing the opening of contract bookings.  It is to be noted that three of these four troupes are run by one proprietor - Sri P Kishan Hegde.  The other one is by Sri Karunakar Hegde.  Following is the summary of their announcements. 

The Karnataka Mela

The Karnataka Mela (also called earlier as IRA Mela) is completing 50 years now.  Founded by Late K Koraga Shetty and run by Sri K Vittla Shetty for long, now it is with Sri P Kishen Hegde.  The artists of the season are: Messerx Padyana Ganapathi Bhat, Karunakara Shetty, Ravichandra K, Delantamajalu Subramanya Bhat, Kadaba Narayanachar, Prabhakara Gore, all in the background.

Mizar Annappa, Ujire Narayana, Mavvar Balakrishna as Hasyagars, Amba Prasad, Siddakatte Sadashiva Shetty, Bolantur Jagadeesh as female role actors, Sri Shivarama Jogi, Dasappa Rai, Jeppu Dayananda Shetty, Bayaru Raghunath Shetty, Sarapady Ashok Shetty, Bolar Subbayya Shetty, Gerukatte Dasappa Gowda, Sadashiva Kulal, Chandrashekar D, Ashok Acharya, Sadashiva Acharya, Udaya Kumar, Sundar Bangady, Baby Kumar, Purushottam Shetty in the cast.

The two new prasangas for the year are - 'Mankali Appe' by Anantharam Bangady, and 'Jogada Siri' by Siddakatte Vishwanath Shetty. 

Bookings open on the 8th of September and the 'thirugata' begins on the 17th of November.

Sri Perdur Mela

The Perdur Troupe's bookings open on the 20th of September. Their artists are Messers. Subramanya Dhareshwar, Suresh Shetty, Shankar Bhat, Durgappa Gudigar, Sridhar Bhandary, Gajanana Devadiga, Subramanya Hegde - in the Himmela.

Hallady Jayaram Shetty, Ramesh Bhandary, Ravindra Devadiga - as Hasyagaras, Bhaskar Joshi, Rama Nayari, Shankar Ullur, Diwakar Awarse - in the female roles. 

Jalavalli Venkatesh Rao, Argodu Mohandas Shenoy, Gopalacharya Thirthalli, Sripad Bhat T, Jalavalli Vidyadhar Rao, Hudgod Chandrahas, Almane Padmanabha, Tumbu Bhaskara, Vishwanath Achar Thombattu, Thimmappa Gowda, Gopalakrishna, Purandara, Kumar Udaya, Kumar Umesh, Kumar Jayarama in the other roles.

The troupe has announced 3 new prasangas - 'Perdur Kshetra Mahatme', 'Devanmpriya', 'Damini-Bhamini '- all by Devdas Ishwara Mangala. Their tour starts on 5th of November.

Sri Saligrama Mela:

The Saligrama Troupe has announced three new prasangas - 'Meghamarhanda' by Dr Chandrashekar Shetty, 'Saptapadi' by Deviprasad Shetty and 'Agni Kannike' by Siddakatte Vishwanatha Shetty.

They have - Keshava Hegde, Ravindra Shetty, Prasad Hegde, Shivananda Kota, Manjunath Navada, Shankar Bhagawath Yellapur, Parameshwar Bhandary in the musical score;

Arate Manjunatha, Jayarama Bhat Kedila, Ganesh Uppunda, Somanth Nairi as 'lady' actors;

Balkur Krishna Yaji, Kondadkuli Ramachandra Hegde, Siddakatte Chennappa Shetty, Beliyur Krishnamoorthy, Totimane Ganapathi Hegde, Ashok Bhat Siddapur, Harday Sarva Ganiga, Chandra Kumar Nerjaddu, Praveen Ganiga, Ravindra Selkodu, Almane Chandrashekar, Ramkumar Hardi, Annappa Poojary, Kumar Jaya, Kumar Vijaya in other roles.  Bookings open on the 10th September.

Sri Mangaladevi Mela:

This troupe begins its 'thirugata' on 17th of November, for which bookings open on the 3rd September for thsi year, which is the fourth thirugata of the troupe.

They have announced their new episodes (prasangas) for the season - 'Durgada Siribale', by Dr Chandrashekar Shetty, 'Madura Madhane' by Ravikumar Suratkal, 'Mangala Gauri' by Deviprasad Shetty.  

Their artists team is:

Narayana Shabaraya, Peruvody Shyam Bhat, Bhaskar Kulal, Padmanabha Upadhyaya, Mizar Dayananda, Padre Sridhara, Padre Ananda in the musical score;

Venur Sundar Achari, Mizar Thimmappa, Tumbe Chandrahas as Hasyagaras

Sanjay Kumar, Kadaba Srinivasa Rai, Vaman Kumar as 'female' men

Aruva Koragappa Shetty, Siddakatte Vishwanatha Shetty, Radhakrishna Navada, Janardhan Gudigar, Santosh Kumar, Thilak Raj Hegde, Udaya Navada, Bhaskar Acharya Venur, Santhosh Shetty Manya, Sunil Kumar , Janardhana Shettigar, Sudhakar Shetty, Ramesh Gowda Belal, Navin Kumar, Nirchal Krishan in the cast.

Best Wishes to All the Troupes!






Moodabidre Swamiji's Installation Anniversary

Moodabidre's Jaina Mutt is a leading guiding center for Jains in this area.  The head of the Mutt, Sri Charukirthi Swamiji's first installation anniversary (Pattabhisheka Varshikothsava) was held with religious enthusiasm at the Mutt recently.. The day's schedule included Pooja, Pravachana and starting a fund to renovate a Basadi at Moodabidre.

There was a full night Talamaddale programme on the day at Mahavir Bhavan to a packed audience.  The prasangas were 'Bharata Bahubali' and 'Karnavasana' by well know artists.  Sri Swamiji honoured artists and delivered the ashirvachana pravachana. 










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