Delivering the valedictory address at the two-day workshop on ‘Prasanga Rachana’ organised by Yakshagana Bayalata Academy, here at Ravindra Mantap, Mahatma Gandhi Memorial College on Sunday, he said “it is unfair to discard technological innovations maintaining that they are against the practice. Contemporary art should undergo changes as per the requirements. Internet is a boon where the entire world is thrown open within a fraction of seconds.” Stating that the attire worn by Yakshagana artistes raises doubt that the art might have had its origin in other parts of the country, he said the Yakshagana dress resembles the dress worn by Marathas and Mughals. Crowns and other decorative accessories used seem to have no association with this part of the coastal region, he added.
Joshi urged both experts and artistes to join hands to bring the best out of the art. Yakshagana should be developed through the experiences of the artistes. Attempts to document the sequences of Yakshagana should not be supported. In fact the art form has to pass from generation to generation imbibing all new ideas. Documentation hampers the process of innovativeness among artistes, he added. Yakshagana Bayalata Academy President Kumble Sunder Rao, Register Padmaja Kumari, Pwere present.