For Yakshagana artiste Bhoja Markala, it was a day he will cherish for the rest of his life. On Sunday, he moved from his “hut” to a newly constructed tile-roof house.

A press release issued here said that the ‘Yakshagana Kalaranga’, which constructed the tile-roof house called “Yaksha Vidya” at a cost of Rs. 3 lakh, handed it over to him at his village of Januvarukatte near Mandarti in Udupi district on Sunday. The house has been constructed by raising funds from philanthropists. Mr. Markala has been a comedy artiste (“Hasyagara”) in Yakshagana for over two decades.

Mr. Markala’s plight of living in a hut came to the notice of the organisation, when it was conducting a survey to provide solar lamps for the beneficiaries coming under its subsidiary “Vidyaposhaka”.

The house was handed over to Mr. Markala by philanthropist G. Shankar at a function held in Januvarukatte.

Chairman of Karnataka Yakshagana Bayalata Academy M.L. Samaga, speaking on the occasion, lauded the Kalaranga for helping Mr. Markala,

Mr. Shankar said he would provide all the help for the education of Mr. Markala’s daughter Pallavi from his trust.

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