'Yakshagana art form not confined to coastal region'

Yakshagana is a unique art form which reflects the rich culture of the state, said Subraya Sampaje, announcer at All India Radio, Madikeri.

Speaking during the annual day of Havyasi Yaksha Kala Vedike organised by the department of Kannada and Culture at Field Marshal K M Cariappa College here on Tuesday, he said Yakshagana provides students with an opportunity to gather knowledge about the Indian mythology. The art form is not confined to coastal regions today and is popular in many parts of the country. He felt for a need to carry out efforts to take the art form to all parts of the nation. Parents in cities should encourage their wards to learn the art form, he said.

College Parent Teacher Association president B S Anand said that teachers have an important role to play in introducing the rich art of Yakshagana to students.

Amateur Yakshagana artiste Purandara was felicitated.

A Yakshagana play was performed by the artistes of Havyasi Yaksha Kala Vedike on the occasion.

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