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Students' Yakshagana festival from Friday

Staff Correspondent

MANGALORE: Another Yakshagana festival awaits the art lovers here from Friday. This time as many as 300 students from 19 educational institutions will stage the performances at the Town Hall here for five days.

Organised by Karnataka Yakshagana Balayata Academy, each participating troupe will get an honorarium of Rs. 5,000 and a certificate from the academy. In addition, the academy will arrange for costumes free of cost, according to Kumble Sundar Rao, chairman of the academy.

Mr. Rao told presspersons here on Tuesday that the academy started students' Yakshagana festival here from 2010 in which only nine troupes participated. Response from students had increased this year. The first performance Eekadashi Mahatme would be by Alva's College on January 14 at 10 a.m. The next show Markandeya Charitre would be at 2 p.m. by Vivekananda College, Puttur. It would be followed by Seetha Kalyana by Bhuvanendra College, Karkala, and Shanmukha Vijaya by Sri Rama Higher Primary School, Farangipet. Six teams would perform on January 16. The performances would start at 10 a.m. They are Sri Kirshna Leelamrutha by Chinmaya High School, Mangalore; Sri Krishna Leele by Shubodaya Vidyalaya, Moodushedde; Sri Devi Mahishamardhini by Sarojini Madhusoodana Kushe School, Mangalore's Daksha Yajna by Canara College, Mangalore; Veeravarma Kalaga by Vitala Pre-University College, Vitla; and Gurudakshine by Sarvodaya High Shool, Sullia Padavu.

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