While Karnataka Yakshagana Bayalata Academy has initiated steps to bring out two textbooks for proposed junior and senior examinations in Yakshagana, a book on Yakshagana published sometime ago here introduces one to the basics of the art.
The Kannada book, “Yaksha Sinchana”, is written by Keshava Hegde. In the foreword, writer Amrit Someshwar says that the book had been written with an intention of drawing the attention of high school students to Yakshagna to keep their curiosity and interest in it alive. The book has 19 chapters.
Mr. Hegde works as a training officer at the Government Industrial Training Institute, Kadri.
He told The Hindu that though he was not a Yakshagana artiste, the love for the art inspired him to write on it. Mr. Hegde said that his objective was to make children develop interest in Yakshagana.
“If I write a descriptive book, children and the youth may not read it. In addition, publishing it will become costly. A short description will attract all. Hence, there is no lengthy analysis in the book,'' he said. The book has a list of 18 researchers who obtained their Ph.D. by working on Yakshagana. Their topics have been mentioned. According to it, two researchers have worked on senior artiste Chittani Ramachandra Hegde.
According to it, four persons have received honorary doctorate in Yakshagana. They are Kolyur Ramachandra Rao and K. Shivarama Karanth, Sheni Gopalakrishna Bhat and Keremane Mahabala Hegde.
The book says 26 annual awards are being presented by different organisations for those promoting Yakshagana. The Parthi Subba Award of the State government is one of them. The book has been published by Kala Sangama Samskritika Vedike of Mangalore in 2011.