Sri Kateel Yakshagana Mela is a famous Yakshagana troupe. Sri Kateel is a well known temple village, pilgrim center 25 kms away from Mangalore. The Yakshagana troupe, Kateel Sri Durgaparameshwari Yakshagana Dasavatara Mandali, popularly known as Kateel Mela is an important ‘free show’ troupe. It performs on request by devotees who have taken a vow (Harake) to arrange a show of Yakshagana for fulfillment of a desire or as a service.
Yakshagana activity is centuries old at Kateel. Kateel Sri Durgaparameshwari, or Bhramarambha, also known as Kateel Amma (Mother of Kateel) is known to be Yakshaganapriya – a deity with special love for Yakshagana, the Kateel Mela was founded in the middle of the 19th Century and is still running well, with increased support form devotees.
When the demand for performances increased, two troupes were started in 1980s. Now Kateel Temple has four full fledged troupes in its name! Yet all performances upto the next four years are fully booked! Such is the support it has got. The troupes’ main area of tour is Mangalore, Bantwal and Karkala area.
Sri Kalladi Vittal Shetty, a senior troupe organiser is running and managing the troupes under the guidance of the Temple Trust. Kateel troupe’s performances are like a festival for the people.