Mangaluru, Mar 8, 2015: Veteran Yakshagana artiste Balipa Narayana Bhagavatha was conferred the Kalkura Lifetime Achievement Award on behalf of Kalkura Foundation at a function held at Don Bosco Hall on March 7, Saturday.
DK District in-charge Minister and State Minister for Forest B Ramanatha Rai conferred the award on Balipa Narayana Bhagavatha. Both the artiste and his wife Jayalakshmi were felicitated by presenting them a citation, gold medal and silver idol of Lord Krishna.
Even Rajesh Shetty Agari, President of Buntara Sangha, Kuwait honoured the Balipa couple by presenting them a cash award of Rs 10,000.
Pradeep Kumar Kalkura, District President of Kannada Sahitya Parishat, Kumble Sunder Rao, veteran Yakshagana artiste, Kamaladevi Prasad Asranna of Kateel, Dr Chandrashekhar Damle, Roy Castelino Konkani Academy President, Prasad Balipa, Dr Prabhaker Joshi and others were present.