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Veteran Yakshagana artiste Gerukatte Gangaiah Shetty collapses to death on stage

Veteran Yakshagana artiste Gerukatte Gangaiah Shetty collapses to death on stage

Mangalore Today News Network

Mangaluru, Mar 23, 2017 : Veteran Yakshagana artiste of the Kateel Mela, Gerukatte Gangaiah Shetty (63) met a tragic  end after he collapsed  while performing on stage  at Durganagar in  Ekkar on March 22, Wednesday night.

gangayya shettyShetty, a renowned artiste  had kept the audience in raptured attention through his role of Arunasara in the Kateel Kshetra Mahatme  episode and was enacting the scene wherein he had to break a rock to kill a bee when he all of a sudden collapsed. Though he was immediately rushed to the KMC hospital, he had breathed his last by then.

 Shetty who was part of Kateel Mela for over 47 years  had won fame for his Mahishasura role in Devi Mahatme. However after he suffered a cardiac arrest 15 years ago, he did not don the role of Mahishasura as per doctor’s advice.

Hailing from Gerukatte in Belthangady, Gangaiah Shety had entered the Yakshagana field when he was just 16. He had secured training in Yakshagana at the Dharmasthala Yakshagana Kendra. He was also famous for his role of Rudra Bheema in Dushyasana Vadhe and for his roles of Rakta Beejasura, Mahiravana and Vali.

Shetty is survived by his wife, three sons and  innumerous admirers.

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Jyothi S V, Mumbai Thu, March-23-2017, 1:08
May almighty give strength and courage to the family to fight the pain.May the eternal soul rest in peace
Nagina Banu, Bajpe Thu, March-23-2017, 12:45
Condolence to the family of the deceased. May his eternal soul rest in peace.
Deepak S Acharya, Kuntikan Thu, March-23-2017, 12:33
Some are crazy about Yakshagana that on hearing the Chende sound they go crazy...
Mithun Ravisahnker, Bengluru Thu, March-23-2017, 12:25
How sad? Some are so much attracted towards Yakshagana the ta do it for passion.
Carol Perira, Mudurangady Thu, March-23-2017, 12:20
A sad incident .sully me are prone to Heart attacks much as the women expresses herself whereas men very rarely share their felling , he takes the burden , tension worries which make shim so .
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