A seminar on the works of Kota Shivaram Karanth will be held at Ravindra Kalabhavan here on September 24. It is being organised by Mangalore University's Dr. K. Shivaram Karanth Chair and the University College in Mangalore.
Satyanarayana Mallipatna, head of the Department of Kannada, Mangalore University, said the seminar would throw light on criticisms and experiments on Yakshagana conducted by Karanth. “It will be an open discussion,” he added.
The seminar would highlight the relevance of changes that Karanth brought in music, dance, costumes and use of instruments such as clarinet and violin in modern theatre. It would also show the way these changes could be adopted in Tenkuthittu, Badagathittu and Badagu Badaabadaguttu Yakshagana styles, he said.
Those speaking at the seminar would be the ones who had worked with Karanth and those who had studied the changes introduced by him. The seminar would be inaugurated by Hosdota Manjunatha Bhagawathar, who had worked Karanth, he said.
He said Raghava Nambiar, who had worked closely with Karanth's associate Hiriyadka Gopalaraya, would speak about the start of Yaksharanga and its relevance. Murali Kadekar, who had adopted a few of Karanth's changes, would speak on “A review of Karanth's experiments in Yakshagana”. Prithviraj Kavattaru, who had adopted Karanth's techniques in Tenkuthittu form, would speak on “New possibilities in Tenkuthittu form”. Sujayendra Hande, who played a role of a child in the Yakshagana directed by Karanth, will speak on “New possibilities in Badaga Badaabadaguttu”.