Renowned scholar Perla Krishna Bhat no more

Renowned scholar Perla Krishna Bhat no more

Renowned scholar in the fields of yakshagana, literature, drama, teaching and various other fields Perla Krishna Bhat passed away in his residence in Perla on Monday evening.

He was 90. He is survived by wife, a son an two daughters.

Born on May 16, 1923 in Padre to Padre Shripathi Shastri and Netravathi couple, he had his higher education in Sanskrit and Hindi, attaining the titles of Samskrita Nyaya Vidwan and Hindi Rastra Bhasha Praveena. He also had his intermidiate education in English.

Krishna Bhat had a deep inclination towards Yakshagana since his childhood. After attaining Sanskrit education for seven years in Chamarajendra School of Sanskrit, he returned to his native place Perla to earn his daily bread and served as a Hindi teacher for 29 years in Perla.

He was awarded many accolades and titles by both Karnataka and Kerala governments, including Kannada Rajyotsava Award.

He has been an active participant as an artiste in the Yakshagana team lead by Kubanoor Balakrishna Rao and was known for his matchless oration as an arthadhari.

His had played the roles of Krishna, Raama, Athikaya, Vibheeshana, Brihannale, etc. He had also authored several works in Kannada and Sanskrit, Kiratharjuniya(Translation), Paaaduka Pradana(play), Thalamaddale(play), Bhagawan Parashurama (Translation), Bhagavan Buddha (Biography), Mahabharatha Upaakhyanagalu (Collection of stories), Madhuru Shri Siddhivinayaka Suprabhatham (Sanskrit) Manjunatheshwara Suprabhatham (Sanskrit), Rigvedeeya Nityakarma Vidhi (Sanskrit - Kannada) to name a few. Some of these have been included as the text books in Kerala Government school syllabus.

He had his immense contributions to Perla in the field of education. Perla Krishna Bhat had been a driving force in the establishment of many educational, literary and cultural organisations in Perla.

As the news of his death spread, a large number of people rushed to pay their last respects to the departed soul.