“The process to come out with a new policy to nurture art and culture is on,” announced Basavaraj, Secretary, Department of Kannada and Culture.

He was presiding over the 4th day of Yaksha Panchami festival at Jaganmohan Palace here yesterday.

Basavaraj pointed out that the culture of the State was a reflection of the various cultures of the country. However, he regretted that a few forms of art were not receiving the needed encouragement which has necessitated the evolution of a new policy.

He said in that context, a committee has been constituted headed by litterateur Baragur Ramachandrappa. He expressed confidence in reviving the grandeur of Yakshagana and assured to provide funds to establish a Yakshagana Study Centre at a State University.

Speaking on the occasion, litterateur Dr. Kabbinale Vasanth Bharadwaj claimed that Yakshagana was 700 years old with over 1,000 Yakshagana poets coming out with over 5,000 literary works. He regretted that those poets never received the encouragement on par with film lyricists.

Retd. Police Officer Subbanna Shetty, Dr. Bellippadi Satish Rai, Dhanalakshmi Basavaraj, critic G.S. Bhat and others were present. Sri Nidle Mahaganapathi Yakshagana Mandali artistes from Dharmasthala presented Draupadi Prathapa. On the final day of the festival today the Yakshagana Bhishma Prathijne will be presented.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore