MANGALORE: Mangalore University is planning to establish its own yakshagana mela (troupe). On Thursday Vice-chancellor T C Shivashankara
Murthy said that students interested in yakshagana of various institutions in the region, will be trained at the Dr P Dayananda Pai and Sri P Sathish Pai Yakshagana Study Centre of the university.
The presidential address was Delivered by VC, at the inauguration of new collection of statues, ornaments, musical instruments and other items used in
Badaguthittu yakshagana at Yakshamangala Museum of the university at Mangalagangotri. "The most suited place to train students in yakshagana is yakshagana study centre of the university itself. Opportunities to students to perform other activities like Folk related art along with yakshagana will also be provided." The training programme will commence soon.
Karnataka Yakshagana Bayalata Academy president M L Samaga, who honoured the artiste, said that yakshagana was the only art in the world,
which combines culture and heritage. The Yakshamangala Award 2012, which carries Rs 25,000 and citation, was bestowed on veteran yakshagana artiste K Govind Bhat on the occasion.
"Necessary initiatives must be taken through the yakshagana study centre by the university to promote the art. It is also necessary to popularize the art," he added. P Dayananda Pai, proprietor Century Builders announced that Rs 2.5 lakh would be donated to set up an endowment for Yakshamangala Award. He also handed Rs 10,000 cheque for the treatment of yakshagana artiste Puthur Sridhar Bhandary. Yakshamangala Museum Artist designed by Jeevanram Sullia and Shivakumar Ujire, creator of Badaguthittu yakshagana models were honoured at the event. Seven yakshagana statues and other items related to Badaguthittu yakshagana created by Shivakumar were added to the museum collection. The museum was inaugurated last year.