Festival At Vagenadu
Vagenadu is a beautiful place
in Bantwal Taluk, in Karopady Village bordering village bordering Kerala.
Away from city buz, or even from a motor road, it has still retained the
serenity of an old shrine-village. Sri Subraya Temple, Vagenad,
renovated a few years back, is now turning into a Kshethra for
festival of Yakshagana - Simha Masa Yakshagana Sarathi - concluded on
the 15th of September - with a full day programme. From 16-8-2000
to 16-09-2000 daily Talamaddale performances were conducted.
Artists from the surrounding villages gave performances everyday
forenoon. Sri Subramanyeshwara Yakshagana Sangha organised the
function. This massive venture was well appreciated by the
people. There were an audience of about two hundred, young artists
and an opportunity for the people. Vagenadu is in the midst of
villages like Karopady, Kurudapadavu, Kanyana, Bayaru, Mittandka, Malar
etc, which are known for their keen interest in Yakshagana, with many
famous artists coming from the area.
Chief organiser Patla Mahabala Shetty, a Bhagawath and troupe leader
said that people have given good support and he has requested
Kalabhimanis to further encourage their annual venture.
Narayana Bhagawath, a renowned Guru, was respectfully rememered at the
Centenary commemoration function organised at Vagenadu, as a part of the
valedictory of Simha Masa Yakshagana Festival.
at Mambady of Karopady village, Late Sri Narayana Bhagawath is
considered to be an all time great guru and artist. A master of
Yakshagana singing, Chande and Maddale (Drums) Mambady was an
outstanding performer and teacher. Many of today's leading artists
are his disciples.
Prabhakara Joshy delivering the memorial lecture, paid tributes to the
great soul, outlining his achievement, his surroundings and times.
He stressed the relevance of Mambady spirit for today.
Gurudevananda Swamiji of Odiyur Kshethra lauded the organisers for the
programme, an said Mambady was a great man who gave so much to
Yakshagana. Swamiji called on people to imbibe culture and values
contained in the Puranas given to us by the art of Yakshagana. He
gave a call to art associations to emulate the example of Vagenad Sangha.
Muguli Tirumaleshwara Bhat welcomed. Patla Mahabala Shetty
introduced and Prof G K Bhat prpposed the vote of thanks. There
was a Talamaddale Bhismaparva and Karnaparva by eminent artist.
Samaradhana (free feeding), Pooja and Prasadam were arranged.
Up Good Taste' - Keremane Mahabala Hegde
Awardee Artist, Sri Keremane Mahabala Hegde has asked artists to keep up
dignity, good taste and adherence to the mediuma of Yakshagana, and
avoid 'cheap popularity' approach. He was presiding over a
function organised to honour Sri Idagunji Krishna Yaji, a prominent
Chande-Maddale player of Uttara Kannada. The function was
organised at Idagunji Mahaganapathy Temple, under the joint auspices of
a public committee and the Temple Trust.
leading artist and art expert Sri Keremane Shambhu Hegde felicitated Sri
Yaji and explained the expertise and speciality of Sri Yaji. Sri
Krishna Yaji thanking the committee, said that it is with much
reluctance that he accepted the honour. Dr S N Sabhahit, Chief
Trustee of the temple graced the occasion and expressed his
appreciation. Dr Sripad Shetty conducted the programme, which was
followed by a Talamaddale.
Festival At Kollegana
eleven day Yakshagana festival was successfully organised by Sri
Subramanya Yakshagana Kala Sangha Kollegana, Kallakatta near Neerchal of
Kasargod. A unique festival of its kind, it has been organised by
Brahmashri Tanthry Anantapadmanabha Upadhyaya, a leading Purohith,
Astorloger and temple service expert (Tanthry). It is a one family
effort. Twenty troupes participated in the series including
professionals and amateur artists.
festival was held at the residence of Sri Tantry, the stage has been
named as Puttu Narayana Bhagawatha Mantapa, after the great Bahagawatha
Padyana Puttu Narayana Bhat. Sri Sheni Gopalakrishna Bhat
inaugurated the festival. Sri G L Acharya and Samethadka
Gopalakrishana Bhat were the guests of honour on the valedictory
day. The festival also featured music performances.
prominent artists were honoured at the Kollegana
Yakshagana Festival. The troupes that participated were also
felicitated by Sri Tanthry.
honoured artists included Kubanur Sridhar Rao, Sakkattu Laxminarayana,
Anantha Bhat Arasinamakki, Narayana Rai K V, Narayana Maniyanai, M R
Ganadhiraja and Srinath co-ordinated the programme which was quite a big
effort. Such festivals will help keep alive the interest in
Yakshagana in Kasargod area.
Cultural Festival at Moodbidri
55th Dasara Cultural and Literary Festival was held at Samaja Mandira
Moodabidri, between 28th Sept 2000 to 1st October 2000. It
featured speeches, classical and folk dances. It also included the
VARDHAMANA Literary Award function of 1999-2000.
Trust, Heggodu, Sagar, Shimoga led by the Magsese Award Winner, Writer
and Theatre Person K V Subbanna, has organised a cultural festival (Samskrithi
Shibira) from 15th to 22nd October. It will feature lectures and
discussions on various aspects of culture like theare, cinema, music,
dance and literature. Dr U R Ananthamoorthy, the Jnanapeetha
Awardee author will direct the camp.
collection of humorous essays by the well known humourist author Ms
Bhuvaneshwari Hegde was released at Hotel Kidiyur Hall Udupi. 'Karavali'
Writers and Readers Forum of D K and Kasargod organised the
function. Sumantha Publication Uppinakote Brahmavara has brought
out the book, titled 'HASA BHASA'.
Sandhya Pai, Ms Vaidehi, Sri Janardhan Bhat were the speakers.
Prof Leelavathi Rao and Dr K V Jalajaxi conducted the programme.
Yakshagana Sapthaha Silver Jubilee
Sri Edneer Mutt is a religious
center known for its encouragement to art, litereature and cultural
activities. It has a record of hundreds of programmes, a
longstanding commitment to culture. Sri Sri Keshavananda Bharathi
Swamiji has been conducting Talamaddale Week (Sapthaha) every year for
the last 25 years. This year is the Silver Jubilee year and Sri
Swamiji has announced a grand programme series with three Sapthaha
(weeklong) Talamaddale at different places with one more at the Mutt
first Saptaha is at Puttur between 16-22 of September, the second at
Ankola from 18 to 24 of October, the third one at Udupi under the
leadership of Sri Sri Vishweshathirtha Swamiji of Pejawar Mutt and the
fourth one at Kalasa and one more at Edneer Mutt.
Samethadka Gopalakrishna Bhat, the Chairman of Saptaha committee Puttur
has appealed for co-operation from devotees and Kalabhimanis.
specialty of of this year's programme is a Talamaddale on 30th of
October, with some Swamijis participating as arthadharis.
jubilee series of thirtyfive
(35) programmes is a massive venture and
probably a record in the filed of Yakshagana.
Tributes to Kushi
The passing away of the great
cultural leader Prof. K S Haridas Bhat (Ku. Shi.) has been mourned all
over Karnataka and outside. Many organisations have conducted
special mourning meetings, passed obituary resolutions and have recorded
in glowing terms the contribution of Kushi to various fields.
Leading personalities from various walks of life have paid rich tributes
to the exparted professor.
committee led by Sri K K Pai, Chairman of the Manipal Group of
Institutions is considering various suggestions regarding Kushi
commemoration projects and schemes. He has appealed all abhimanis
to give their suggestions.
"A proper balance should
be struck between tradition and experimentation in classical art. Art is
basically dynamic yet, tradition is the foundation of classical
art. Art, Culture and Dharma should be seen in the total
perspective" said senior journalist and art critic Sri A
Ishwarayya, Magazine Editor 'Udayavani' at the Pavanje Haridas
Laxminaranappayya music conference. The Conference was organised
jointly by Shankara Prathistana Kotekar and Jnanashakthi Subramanya
Temple Pavanje. The conference was held at Hotel Woodlands
Satyashankar, Chairman of the Prathistana, welcomed the gathering.
Dr G N Bhat, Dr Meghashyama Rao were present on the dias.
Sri R D Shastry proposed the vote of thanks.
B Sadananda Punja, President of D K Zilla Panchayath and K Rammohan Rao
were the Chief guests. They lauded the organisers for their
effort, and said that persons like Pavanje Laxminaranappayya will
always be the source of inspection to the generation to come.
K V Krishnamoorthy Honoured
musician and music teacher Nallai K V Krishnamoorthy of Chennai was
honoured with this year's 'Pavanje Laxminaranappayya Award'. Prof
S Gopal, Vice Chancellor of Mangalore University presenting the award
called for concerted effort to create good taste and encourage classical
music. Sri Harikrishna Punarur, President District Sahithya
Parishath, was the Chief Guest. Sri Tudiyadka Vishnuwayya
felicitated Sri Krishnamoorthy.
programme featured a seminar on music and music conerts by Dr
Sukanya Prabhakar, Pradeep Kumar Tiruchinapalli, K V Ramanan, Nallai
Krishanamoorthy and other artists.
conference was a fitting memorial to the great artist
Laxminaranappayya and was well attended.
Haridas Laxminaranappayya (1854-1924)
a famous Haridas, poet and composer. A man of wide learning,
he was a 'sanyasi' type of mendicant and devotee from his
childhood. He visited many temples and shrines and composed
songs on various deities. He was an outstanding Haridas (Haridas
- exponent of Harikatha Keerhan, a musical and discourse
presentation of puranic stories). He was known for his
extempore poetry, witty discourse and philosophical
presentation. His expressions both in songs and words were
very effective. He has influenced many poets and Haridasas of
Sri Veeranjaneya Swamy Trust,
Kodapadavu, Bantwal Taluk has installed three awards in the names of
three leading luminaries in the filed of Yakshagana.
award for research scholars is named after Late Kukkila Krishna Bhatta,
a great scholar on Yakshagana, Chandas, Natyashastra etc.
award for Yakshagana music (Himmelas) is named after Late Diwana Bhima
Bhat, a leading Chande-Maddalegar known for his great improvisation and
award, Kargallu Subbanna Bhat Award is in the name of a great female
role actor. All these three artists are from Kodapadavu Village.
Kukkila Award goes to Sri Simantur Narayana Shetty who is considered as
the foremost authority on Yakshagana Chandas (prosody). He has
written breakthrough essays on the subject.
Bhima Bhat Award is to be given to the 86 year ikd Nedle Narasimha Bhat,
considered to be one of the greatest Chande-Maddalegaras of
Yakshagana. He has served the field for over seven decades.
Award goes to Sri Kadandel Kateel Purushottam Bhat. Sri Bhat is
famous as 'Devi Purushottam Bhat' because of his effective depictionof
Sri Devi's role. His roles like Mandodari, Kaikei, Ambe and
Dakshayini are considered as model pieces.
award function will be held at Kodapadavu Hanuman Sannidhi. The
Chairman K P Venkatramana Bhat heads the award trust.
Programmes All Over
Navarathri, also called
Dasara, is a major festival season for all Indians. It is an
All India phenomemon, unlike some regional festivals. It is
called Navarathri (nine nights) because it is celebrated during the
first to the 9th of Ashwayuja Masa (7th month of the Indian
Lunar-Solar Calendar). There are Poojas specific for all 9
nights (and of course day time also). It is also called
Dashahara, ten days festival (Dasha = 10) including the 10th day
which is 'Vijayadashami' the concluding day.
mother Goddess, Sri Devi or Adi Maya is worshipped during these nine
days. She is worshipped in three forms - as Mahakali (Durga or
Parvathi), Mahalaxmi (Goddess of Wealth) and Mahasaraswathi (Goddess
of Learning), three days each in the respective order. It is
significant to note that the last three days are meant for
Saraswathi, deity of learning or knowledge. That means,
learning is given the supreme place, as the supreme form of Shakthi
pooja for the ten days are: Durga Pooja - Jayalaxmi Pooja, Arya
Pooja, Bhagavathi Pooja, Kumari Pooja, Lalitha Panchami -
Ambika Pooja, Mahishamardhini Pooja, Sharada Pooja, Ayudha Pooja,
Navami - Ayudha Pooja, Dashami - Vijaya and Vidya Dashami.
is the traditional starting day for childrens' schooling -
learning. Alos called Vijaya Dashami - Victory day - Day for
starting expeditions for victorious march.
is an important occasion for cultural programmes. A number
of art festivals, shows, performances are organised during these
days. Navarathri is religious and cultural feast.
Coastal Karnataka, a number of Yakshagana performances are organised
during Navarathri especially at the Devi Temples. Art groups
are very busy during Dasara.
One Names of Sri Devi: Mother Goddess is one of the important
deities in India and probably all over the World. She is
called Shakthi (Power), Maya (the great illusory power), Durga
(invincible, not reachable), Matha (Mother) etc.
21 names of Sri Devi are, when recited, are supposed to ward off all
fears and sorrows:
Dharithri, Janani, Dayardhra Hridhaya, Shivaa, Devi, Thribhuvana
Shrestaa, Nirdhoshaa, Sarvadhukhahaa, Aradhaniiyaa paramaa, Dhayaa,
Shanthi:, Kshamaa, Dhrithi:, Swaha, Swadha, Gaurii, Padhmaa, Vijayaa,
Sarva Bhuteshu Maathr Roopena Samsthitha
Namasthasyai Namasthasyai Namasthasyai Namo Namah
that Goddess, who resides in everybody as mother spirit,
I salute, I salute, I salute, I pay respect again and again.
Sammelana at Udupi
A two day state level purana
pravachana conference (Epic Discourse Scholars Conference) was held at
the PPC Auditorium Udupi on 16th and 17th Sept. The Conference was
jointly organised by Sri Pejavar Mutt and Bharatha Samskrithi
Prathistana (Indian Culture Foundation). Leading scholars,
religious leader and Swamijis attended.
Pejavar Swamiji inaugurated. Over 500 delegates including
pravachanakaras, temple heads, cultural activists participated.
Director of the Foundation Sri B N Murthy coordinated the
on Saraswathi Bai Rajawade Published
treatise on author Saraswathi Bai Rajawade (1913 - 1994) was recently
released at Kuvempu Kannada Institute Mysore. The function was
organised by Karantha Study Center Puttur and Samata Kendra Mysore.
Sri Bolantakody Ishwara Bhat, Puttur, the publisher coordinated the
Dr Ha Ma Nayak, a
leading writer, critic and columnist outlined the importance of Smt
Rajawade in the feminist writings in Kannada.
author of the book Dr T S Srivalli explained the background of her book
- a Ph.D on Saraswathi Bai
Vijaya Dabbe, a leading poet and critic released the book. Dr T
Subramanya, Dr Siddhashrama were present.
book has been published by the Shivarama Karanth Study Center, Puttur.
The birthday of
great social reformer Brahmasri Narayanaguruswamy was celebrated all
over the Canara region during the second week of September.
Narayanaguru's zeal for social refrom, his sadhana and great struggle
for the upliftment of the oppressed was remembered.
Sapthaha by Achyuthadas
seven day Srimadbhagawatha (story of Lord Krishna) Harikatha series was
given by the renowned Haridas Sri Bhadragiri Achyuthadas at Gurupura
recently. The programme was organised by Sri Varadaraja
Venkatramana Temple Committee, Gurpur.
Samaga's Kathe Panpina Vaara
Haridas and Yakshagana artist Malpe Ramadasa Samaga's exposition
of story telling at Sri Shivagiri Mantapa Bannanje Narayanaguru under
the auspices of Billava Seva Sangha.
series named Kathe Panpina Vaara (story telling week) features seven
puranic stories. Tulukoota Udupi was organised the weeklong
Kumar, Sudhakar Achar and C Kishore have appealed to people to revive
such tradition of story telling which was present in Tulunadu centuries
District Literary Conference in December
first ever district conference of Sahithya Parishath will be held at
Udupi on the 16th and 17th of December 2000. A committee headed by
Prof. H Krishna Bhat and A S N Hebbar is busy preparing for the
Asranna Award to
Senior Yakshagana artist Kedagadi Guddappa Gowda was
recently awarded the Kateel Gopalakrishna Award instituted by Asranna
Abhimaani Balaga" Kadri. The award was given away at the Asranna
memorial function held at Sri Saraswathi Sadan Hall of Kateel School,
Sri Guddappa Gowda is an eminent exponent of Yakshagana
having served the Kateel Yakshagana troupe for over 4 decades . He is
known for his dignified and poweful depiction of roles like Vali, Daksha,
Arunasura , Rakthabija, Karthiveerya, Karna, Kaurava and many more. His acting and
spoken word were well articulated and effective. (Sri Guddappa has now
The award committee led by Sri Pradeep Kalkura , Kadri
Navaneeth Shetty and associates conducted the function. Sri Guddappa was
honoured with a shawl and Phalathaambula and a golden ring by the
Sri Asranna Remembered
The main function organized by Sri Lakshmi Narayana
Asranna (Baalanna) and relatives, an annual commemoration of Late Sri
Gopalakrishna Asranna. The speakers on the ocassion, Messers Dr.
N.Nishakanth Shetty, B.Nagaraja shetty , S.N.Shetty Kondemul and others
fondly remembered Late Asranna, his human qualities and his services to
the religious field. Dr. Professor Seetharama Acharya Hosabettu
delivered the commemoration speech and outlined the impact made and the respect commanded by Sri Asranna.
Sri.T.Ramesh Pai , Chairman Maharashtra Apex Manipal who
presided over the function appreciated the venture, and said Late Asranna
had inspired many , and given guidance in the Dharmic field. Two eminent
personalities from the religious field were honoured on the occasion.
Sri Srinivas Adiga, priest of the Kadri Manjunath Temple and K. Jarappa
Shetty, Founder President of Panchadurga Kshetra of Kakkebid Bantwal were
honoured for their outstanding contribution to the field.
Sri Laxminarayana Asranna, welcomed the gathering. Sri.
P. Krishna Bhat conducted the proceedings.
Sri Late Gopalakrishna Asranna was the chief priest and
a trustee of Kateel temple for over five decades. He was a very popular
religious figure, and was considered an ardent Bhakta, a guide to devotees
of Sri Devi. A simple, pious man, Asranna was known for his soothing
words and helping hand. He was a great lover and supporter of
Decenary in the offing
Nrithyanikethana Kodavur is an institution founded and run by Vidwan
Kodavur Krishnamoorthy Rao for imparting training in Bharathanatyam.
This year is its decenary year. The school has planned to celebrate it
in a befitting way by presenting a series of programmes and projects
like construction of an auditorium, seminars and demonstrations, release
of a souvenir, honouring of senior artists, encouragement to young
artists and documentation etc.
The secretary of the Nikethana Vidwan K. Sudhir Rao sought the
cooperation of the people to complete these projects.
Puppet Troupe To Go To Delhi
Internationally acclaimed Yakshagana puppet group (marionette group)
Sri Ganesh Yakshagana Bombeyata of Uppinkudru Kamaths, will go to Delhi
to participate in the International Puppetry Conference at Delhi in the
first week of October. Director Bhaskar Kogga Kamath and Prof. Leela
Upadhyaya will lead the group.
Honoured at Bangalore
The maestro of ‘Artha’ (the spoken word) Sri Sheni Gopalakrishna
Bhat was recently honoured at Kanakagiri Bangalore by the Lalitha Kala
Sangha Kanakagiri. Sri K.K Nayak, director, State Treasury Dept.
honoured him. Sri Narasimha Murthy and others hosted the honour. Sheni
later performed in the talamaddale "Karnaparva".
Hasyagar Narayanakumar organized the show.
Famous scholar and discourse speaker V. Bannanje Govindacharya’s
series on the "Characters of Mahabharatha" has been arranged
at Udupi Sri Krishna Mutt.
Kannada to Every
Gadinad (Border Area) Literary Conference Unit, Kasargod has planned
to conduct a campaign called "Manemanege Kannada" as a part of
Kannada awareness year plan in the Kannada areas of Kerala. The 44th
programme in their series was held at the Mayippady village. Karnataka
Samithi Kasargod is collaborating with Parishath unit in their
programmes. The programmes like book release, seminar, poetry reading,
singing etc. are held at the presence of writers and sahitya abhimani
Exhibition by Sathya
An exhibition of artistic photos by Sri Sathyaganapathi (student,
Aloysius college, Mangalore and a photographer for this web site) was
held at the ‘NODIO’ Hal, of St.Aloysius college Mangalore from 23rd
to 25th of Sept. Akthar Hussain, leading photographer and
secretary of Yenepoya Dental College, inaugurated it. Rev. Mr. Denzil
Lobo, was the chief guest. Both of them appreciated the photos of Sri
Sathyaganapathi, and lauded his achievement at the young age. The
exhibition was well received.
RRC Workshop at KTC
The RRC, Udupi ( Regional Resources Centre, MGM college) conducted a
workshop with a seminar on "Oral Tradition as history" at
Sahodaya, Karnataka Theological College, Balmatta, Mangalore. Leading
authorities on history and folklore, spoke and stressed the need for
incorporating oral traditions into the sources of history. Oral
tradition represents the ‘other face’ of history and gives a balance
to our knowledge, they said.
Dr.J.S. Sadananda, Director, KTC, hosted. Prof. K. Ramdas and S.A.
Krishnayya coordinated the proceedings.