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Rs. 1-lakh award to Yakshagana artiste from next year

Staff Correspondent

— Photo: R. Eswarraj

HONOURING: Home Minister V.S. Acharya (right) conferring the Yaksha Kala Nidhi-2009 award on Malpe Ramadasa Samaga (left) and Kolyur Ramachandra Rao in Mangalore on Sunday. Vice-Chancellor of Mangalore University K.M.Kaveriappa (left) and president of Karnataka Yakshagana Academy Kumble Sunder Rao (second from left) are seen.

MANGALORE: The State Government will start giving an annual award of Rs. 1 lakh to Yakshagana artistes from next year. It will be named after late Parthi Subba, considered to be the father of Yakshagana. The award will be given to an artiste, who has made significant contribution to Yakshagana, said Home Minister V.S. Acharya here on Sunday.

In addition, cash prize of Rs. 10,000 each would be given to 10 Yakshagana artistes every year. These awards and prizes would be given through the Karnataka Yakshagana Academy. The Minister said that CDs and VCDs on Yakshagana would be brought through the Department of Kannada and Culture.

He was speaking after presenting this year’s “Yaksha Kala Nidhi” award to Malpe Ramadasa Samaga (84) and Kolyur Ramachandra Rao (76). The award has been instituted by the Delhi-based Academy of Thenku Thittu Yakshagana (ATTY). Kumble Sundar Rao, president of the academy, said that no Government or private institutes had so far instituted Rs. 1-lakh award for Yakshagana artistes. This was a trend-setting move and would go a long way in promoting Yakshagana, he said. Mr. Rao inaugurated this year’s “Rashtreeya Thenkana Yakshotsava” of the ATTY on the occasion.

Saravu Krishna Bhat, director of the ATTY, said that the Yaksha Manjusha, the performing troupe of the ATTY, would stage 41 Yakshagana episodes in eight States, as part of this year’s Yakshotsava. It had staged 116 Hindi Yakshagana episodes so far, he added.

K.M. Kaveriappa, Vice-Chancellor of Mangalore University, who presided over the function, spoke.

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