As many as 15 artistes, including three children, were felicitated on Monday by Porlu Arts for achievements in theatre and other talents.

During a ceremony organised at Town Hall to celebrate its 33{+r}{+d} anniversary, Porlu Arts organised a felicitation ceremony, followed by the staging of Kuletha Kusel play, written by its founder B.K. Gangadhar Kirodian.

The first to be honoured was seven-year-old Apoorva Mali whose first appearance on stage was during a magic show at the age of seven months. She has since then made a name for herself when she rode a motorcycle on the main road in Uppinangady. She was a talented singer.

Anjana Mali, Apoorva's three-year-old sister, was an accomplished singer and dancer, and was good at drawing. Prarthana Urwa, aged around 12, has passed the Junior Grade examination for Bharatanatyam under her teacher Kamala Bhat. She is an accomplished dancer to film and folk songs, besides excelling in sports.

President of Asare Charitable Trust Ashajyoti Rai Malady felicitated the three children by placing shawls around their little shoulders. She then felicitated Shobha Shetty, an actor who has essayed roles in humorous, Puranic, and social plays with equal ease. She has acted in numerous productions staged by the Lakumi theatre group. Dayananda Shetty Amblamogaru, Raghuram Shetty Belthangady, Raghav Salian Kodical, Naveen Shetty Alake, Venkatesh B.S., Mohan Bolar, Keshav Shetty Kadri, Prakash Nayak Bokkapatna, Indrakumar Alake, Deeksha Rao Yekkur (Bharatanatyam artiste) and Meghana. Senior artiste and film producer Sanjeeva Dandakeri and President of the Jagatika Buntara Sanghagala Okkoota Kodialguthu Ajitkumar Rai Malady were present.

Keywords: Child artistes

More In: Mangalore