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Honorary doctorates for Sheni, Rai, Sathyu

By Our Staff Correspondent

MANGALORE, JAN. 24. The Governor, T.N. Chaturvedi, presented honorary doctorates (Doctor of Literature) of Mangalore University to three persons at the 23rd convocation of the university on Mangalagangotri on Monday.

Sheni Gopalakrishna Bhat, Kayyara Kinnanha Rai and M.S. Sathyu received the honours for their contribution to the fields of Yakshagana, literature and theatre, cinema, respectively.

The 88-year-old Sheni Gopalakrishna Bhat is the first Yakshagana artiste to receive the honorary doctorate of Mangalore University.

The 89-year-old Kinnanha Rai is in the forefront of the movement for merging Kasaragod with Karnataka.

Mr. Rai, who was a teacher, has written books on different topics.

He received the national award for best teacher in 1969 and also the Karnataka Sahitya Academy Award in the same year.

Sathyu, aged 74, is a well-known theatre personality and film director. "Hakeekath'' directed by him received the Filmfare Award in 1964.

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