“To revive Yakshagana art which is on the verge of extinction, it has become essential to constitute an exclusive Kala Mandali for the art on the lines of Kerala which has one such for promoting Kathakali,” opined Forest Minister B. Ramanath Rai.
He was speaking after launching the five-day ‘Yaksha Panchami’ festival organised jointly by Karavali Yakshagana Kendra, Bellippadi Yaksha Samskruthika Vedike and Sri Nidle Mahaganapathi Yakshagana Mandali at Jaganmohan Palace auditorium here yesterday.
Ramanath Rai regretted that the glory of Yakshagana was fading with the advent of modern civilisation. He hailed Dr. Veerendra Heggade, Dharmadhikari of Dharmasthala Srikshetra, for providing good encouragement to Yakshagana. He assured to discuss with the concerned Minister regarding establishment of a separate body to promote Yakshagana.
Speaking as the chief guest, MLA Vasu sought due encouragement for Yakshagana, one of the oldest forms of art. He also recalled his good old student days in Mysore with Ramanath Rai.
Addressing the gathering, litterateur Dr. Kabbinale Vasanth Bharadwaj appealed to the government to recognise the talented Yakshagana artistes.
Central Excise Superintendent D. Ashok, Dr. Bellippadi Satish Rai and others were present.
The artistes of Nidle Mahaganapathi Yakshagana Mandali presented ‘Balagopala’ and Ganapathi Stuthi (dressed as women). They also presented ‘Narakasura Moksha’ show.
The yakshagana show ‘Andhaka Moksha’ will be presented today at 6 pm.
Tomorrow’s show will be ‘Srikrishna Garudi.’
Courtesy : Star Of Mysore