Mangaluru, Dec 19, 2018: Kudkadi Vishwanath Rai (86) had been a multifaceted personality even as he worked tirelessly to get recognition for Tulu language through his dance, according to the former Kannada University Vice-Chancellor B.A. Vivek Rai.
Vivek Rai was speaking at a condolence meeting organised to mourn the death of Vishwanath Rai, who passed away recently at Puttur, at the Karnataka Tulu Sahitya Academy here on dec 18, Tuesday.
Rai recalled that when he was the president of the academy, Vishwanath Rai was a member. He had tirelessely been working for the development of Tulu language as a teacher, dance teacher, Kannada-Tulu writer and researcher. Academy president A.C. Bhandary said that Vishwanath Rai was present at every programme of the academy. Born in 1932, Vishwanath Rai had his early education at Badagannur, Eshwaramangala and Mypadi in Kasargod of Kerala. He became a teacher at St. Philomena School, Darbe Puttur and learnt Bharatanatyam from A.N. Nagarajan, Rajan Aiyar, K.S. Rajagopal, G. Ellappan and K. Venkatalakshmamma.
Besides Bharatanatyam, Vishwanath Rai had also mastered Kathakkali, Odissi, Sinhali and Oriental dance forms.
More than one hundred disciples of Vishwanath Rai are continuing to impart dance training to thousands across the country. He established the Vishwa Kala Niketan at Puttur to impart dance training.
Meanwhile, Amrutha Prakasha, a Kannada monthly magazine, where Vishwanath Rai had been a senior columnist, expressed grief over his death.