Mangaluru, Nov 26, 2018: To encourage dedicated students of Yakshagana to pursue the art form, the Karnataka Yakshagana Academy will offer them a monthly stipend.
According to M.A. Hegde, chairman of the academy, it will offer Rs. 2,000 per month for a student at Srimaya Kala Kendra, a school of Yakshagana in Gunavanthe, Uttara Kannada, where students learn the art form regularly for a year.
The chairman said the academy will offer Rs. 500 per month for a student at Yakshagana Kendra, Udupi, and at Hangarakatte Yakshagana Kala Kendra, also in Udupi, where students learn Yakshagana along with their mainstream education in schools and colleges, he told The Hindu .
He said that the academy will also offer a monthly stipend of Rs. 2,000 per student who came forward to learn the Mukha Veena, a musical instrument used in Moodalapaya.
Mr. Hegde said that the academy will offer Rs. 10,000 and Rs. 5,000 per month to the main teachers and the assistant teachers, respectively, who trained students in Yakshagana in 65 centres in the State for about two months.
Those are training camps which are now being held in Tenku Thittu, Badagu Thittu and Moodalapaya forms of Yakshagana.
He said that Department of Primary and Secondary Education has directed the Karnataka Textbook Society to print 5,000 textbooks each for junior and senior examinations in Yakshagana after giving approval for the draft texts.
The examinations will be conducted by the Karnataka Secondary Education Examination Board (KSEEB).
The draft textbook of the vidwat examination is not yet ready.