Mangaluru, Mar 24, 2018: Addressing media March 23, Friday, Tulu Academy Chairman A C Bhandary said that the Honorary awards will be conferred on Dr Shimanturu Narayana Shetty (Yakshagana), Sesappa Pambada (folk) and H Shakuntala Bhat (literature). Karnataka Tulu Sahitya Academy will confer honorary awards on three persons from Yakashagana, folklore and literature and also three book awards in study, story and poetry categories for the year.
The book awards for the year 2017 will be presented to Paltadi Ramakrishna Achar for his work ‘Tulunadina Janapada Pradarshana Kalegalu’ (study on Tulu), Shimanturu Chandrahas Suvarna for the story ‘Gaggara’ (stories category) and to Roopakala Alva for her work ‘Padippire’ (Tulu poetry category).
The honorary awards will include Rs 50,000 each along with citation and memento. The literary awards will include Rs 25,000 each, along with citation and memento, he said.
The awards will be presented to the awardees at a function to be held at Siri Chavadi in Tulu Bhavan on April 7 at 10 am.
Karnataka former Lokayukta Justice N Santhosh Hegde will give away the awards. District in-charge minister B Ramanath Rai will be the chief guest. Mangaluru South MLA J R Lobo will preside.
Awardees : Dr N Narayana Shetty Shimanturu, from Nandikur, Udupi district is an expert in prosody. His research work ‘Yakshagana Chandombudhi’ has been awarded a doctorate by Kannada University, Hampi. He has authored many yakshanana plays including ‘Anarghya Chandoratna’, ‘Sorkuda Sirigende’, ‘Rajamudrike’ and ‘Bengda bale Nagi’.
Sesappa Manjanadi is a ‘demigod’ performer and has been in the field for the past six decades. He inherited ‘Daiva Nalike’ or ‘demigod’ performance from his lineage.
He has served the ‘Rajan Daiva’ at Kankanadi Garadi Kshetra, Attavara Arasu Vaidyanatha Kshetra, Ullala Malaraya and other places. He is known for his deep knowledge on the tradition and history of each of the daivasthanam he served.
H Shakuntala Bhat has authored more than 70 works in Tulu and Kannada. She has been active in the literary field for the past 40 years. She hails from Haleyangadi. Her area of specialisation has been children’s’ literature. She has been awarded the Dharmasthala Ratnavarma Heggade award for Tulu playwriting.