Staff Correspondent

MANGALORE: The Academy of Thenku Thittu Yakshagana has started a quarterly journal in English on Yakshagana and activities of the academy.

M. Mohan Alva, chairman of Alva's Education Foundation, Moodbidri, released the first journal titled "Jagate", here on Wednesday.

The academy was founded by Vidya Kolyur and Saravu Krishna Bhat last year.

The academy has four main objectives, Ms. Kolyur said. They were to promote Thenku Thittu Yakshagana at national and international level, to set up and maintain a resource centre for Yakshagana, to set up a training centre on various aspects of the art form, and to take up research activities on Yakshagana, she said.

Mr. Bhat said that there was a need to showcase Thenku Thittu style in its true form to people who did not know much about Yakshagana. The academy was making an effort in this regard, he added.

Mr. Alva said that a majority of Yakshagana artistes in "melas" (touring troupes) were not updating their knowledge to have quality dialogues in their performances.

Many people outside Kerala identify Kathakkali and Mohini Attam with that State. Many people did not know that Yakshagana was from Karnataka. This indicates that the art form had not been projected outside Karnataka, he said.

The Government had a greater responsibility to promote Yakshagana, he added.