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Theatre legend Enagi Balappa laid to rest with state honours

DH News Service, Belagavi, Aug 19 2017, 18:54 IST
Minister for Kannada and Culture Umashree and other dignitaries paying tributes to theatre thespian Enagi Balappa at Enagi village in Savadatti taluk in Belagavi district on Saturday.

Minister for Kannada and Culture Umashree and other dignitaries paying tributes to theatre thespian Enagi Balappa at Enagi village in Savadatti taluk in Belagavi district on Saturday.

Minister for Kannada and Culture Umashree said that the state government will explore all means to establish a national memorial in the name of theatre thespian Enagi Balappa at his home town Enagi at Savadatti taluk in Belagavi district.

Umashree paid floral tributes to the centenarian who was being laid to rest with state honours.

Umashree said, the state government will be recommending the centre to confer all posthumous awards on Enagi Balappa who dedicated his life to professional theatre and for the development of Kannada and it's culture.

Balappa passed away on Friday morning aged 103. His last rites were performed beside the grave of his pre-deceased wife Savitramma at the field owned by the family.

People in large number including theatre lovers, elected representatives, fan, connoisseur villagers in thousands thronged the residence of the legendary actor to pay their last respects. The mortal remains of the centenarian had been kept in an open coffin for public viewing in front of the house.

MLC Mahantesh Kavatagimath recalling the contribution of Balappaa to theatre said, he had served the theatre for nearly 70 years. His departure has created a void in the field of art and culture and has saddened his fans spread across the state.

In response to the minister statements, MLA Anand Mamani after paying tributes urged the state government to honour Balappa posthumously with Bharat Ratna award.

MLA Vishwanath Patil, Deputy Commissioner S Ziyaullah, Superintendent of Police B R Ravikantegowda, Kannada and Culture Department Director Vishukumar and dignitaries took part in the final rites.

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