16 artistes to get Yakshagana Kalaranga annual awards

Yakshagana Kalaranga announced its annual awards for 16 artistes.

Kalaranga president K Ganesh Rao said that the award ceremony will be on November 19 at Rajangana. The ceremony would be presided by Pejawar Mutt seer Sri Vishwesha Theertha Swami. The awards carries Rs 20,000 and a citation each in memorial of various Yakshagana legendaries. The Vishwesha Theertha Award is given to Ajapura Yakshagana Sangha, Brahmavara. The cash prize would be Rs 50,000 and a citation. Pejawar Mutt has offered half the amount for the prize, he added.

Artistes who will receive the awards are Kadthoka Lakshminarayana Shambhu Bhagavat (Dr B B Shetty award), Yellampalli Jagnatha Acharya (Prof B V Acharya memorial), Mohan Baipaditaya (Nittur Sunder Shetty-Mahesh D Shetty award), Peruvayee Krishna Bhat (B Jagjeevandas Shetty), Kairangala Krishna Mulya A (K Vishwajna Shetty B memorial), Jannadi Basava Balegar (Kutpadi Anand Ganiga memorial), Subramanya Dhareshwara (Bagavatha Naranappa Uppuru memorial), Satyanarayana Varada (Dashavatari Marvi Ramakrishna Hebbar-Bagavata Vadiraj Hebbar memorial), Padyana Ganapathy Bhat (Malpe Shankaranarayana Ganiga memorial), Narayana Devadiga (Shiriyara Manju Naik memorial), Krishna Naik Halladi (Kotri Vaikunta memorial), Madhukumar Nisarga (Irodi Rama Ganiga memorial), Mundaje Sadashiva Shetty (Padaru Narasimha Shastri memorial), Krishnaiah Manjaiah Shetty (Kadiyali Subbraya Acharya) are among others. The Yakshagana Kalaranga award is given away to Belalu Lakshman Gowda (Kolyuru Ramachandra Rao memorial) and Shunti Satyanarayana Bhat (Prabhavati Shenoy-U Vishwanath Shenoy memorial).

The former president of Yakshagana Kalaranga Tallur Shivram Shetty is given the ward of Yakshachethana Prashasthi.

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