Mangalore, July 11, 2011: N. Yogish Bhat, the deputy speaker, inaugurated Yaksha Triveni, a 3-day Yakshagana festival. During these 3 days, 3 Yakshagana artistes will be felicitated. Kumble Sunder Rao was felicitated on Sunday, Soorikumeru K. Govinda Bhat will be honored today, and Dr. M. Prabhakar Joshi will be honored tomorrow.
Ananthakrishna, the president of Karnataka Bank, was the chief guest of the event. S. M. Hegde compered the programme, and Keremane Shivananda Hegde delivered the welcome address.
Responding to the honor bestowed on him by Shree Idagunji Mahaganapathy Yakshagana Mandali at Town Hall on July 10 Sunday, Kumble Sunder Rao, the senior Yakshagana artiste and former MLA, said that Yakshagana is an art that represents the entire state of Karnataka.
Speaking about Yakshagana as a “complete form of art,” he said that it comprises make up, dance, music, and dialogue. He said that the academy will publish Yakshagana text books for school children next year, adding that discussions regarding this will be held at the next academy meeting.
Mangalore University Registrar Dr. K. Chinnappa Gowda presided over the event and said that a museum on Badagathittu Yakshagana will soon be introduced in Mangalore University, which currently has only a museum regarding Thenkuthittu Yakshagana.
The Keremane mega artists presented a Yakshagana show titled “Subhadra Parinaya” on Sunday, in which Keremane Shivanand Hegde, the son of late Keremane Shambhu Hegde, played the role of Shri Krishna. The role of the Bhagavatha was played by Ananth Hegde Danthalike. Parameshwara Hegde Tharesara coordinated with the Maddale, Gajanana Hegde Muroor played the Chende, and Shreedhar Hegde Chapparamane played the comedian’s role.
On July 11 and July 12, the Yakshagana shows “Vaalimoksha” and “Shri Krishna Sandhana” will be performed.