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.
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.
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.
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.
see Kushi Profile )
Talamaddale Season in
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.
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
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
Doomanna Shetty Honoured
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.
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.
K Nityananda Karanth thanked on behalf of Polali Shastri Samithi.
The honour was followed by a Talamaddale 'Brahmavidya' and 'Karnaparva'
by senior artists.
Begin Their Chowthi Thirugata
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.
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.
is common experience that no artist - professional or amateur - is free
on days of Ganesh Chaturthi.
The two famous traditional invocations of Yakshagana are the songs
Kondaduvenu Anavaratha Madavur Vignesha'
2 songs are in use all over the coast - in all the styles and forms of
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.
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'.
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'.
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
"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.
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
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
function held at PPC Hall Udupi, was followed by the Talamaddale 'Karna
Bhedana' and 'Athikaya Moksha' by leading artists.
Thalthaje is 75
Poet, Yakshagana artist,
research scholar, lexicographer, folklorist Sri Prof Thalthaje Keshava
Bhat turned seventy five recently.
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
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.
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: RAJWOODR@netscape.net.
- Programme at Bangalore
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.
L W Lobo, Regional Director ICCR, released the souvenir 'Yakshakardama'
on the occasion.
Athrady Kalakoota -
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.
K Narasimha is No More
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
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.
the programmes were organised by Sri Shankara Prathistana Kotekar and
Bharathiya Vidya Bhavan, Mangalore Kendra.
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'
- Decennial Celebrations
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.
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.
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.
a commemorative souvenir with informative articles and write-ups of
various scholars was also released during this occassion.
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.
K S Narayanacharya's Discourses at Mangalore
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.
Troupe's Tour of South East Asia
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
The performance were
received very well in these countries.
gets Srinivasa Udupa Award
Maddlegar Sri Durgappa Gudigar was awarded the Late Karkada Srinivasa
Udupa Award at Saligrama, recently.
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.
Children's Troupe has made outstanding contribution to Yakshagana by
training children and giving quality performances.
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 -
Inaugurated At S D M College, Ujire
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
featured a Talamaddale 'Krishna Sandhana' by well known artists.
The performance wascoordinated by Sri N Ashoka Bhat, Ujire.
Yakshagana Sangha Planning Silver Jubilee
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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!
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.