Staff Correspondent

`It will help in research and study of the art form'

MANGALORE: Yakshagana lovers in the coastal belt have welcomed the Government's decision to set up a separate academy for Yakshagana in the State.

B.S. Yediyurappa, Deputy Chief Minister, announced this while presenting the State budget for 2007-08 on Friday.

Welcoming the announcement M. Prabhakar Joshi, Yakshagana artiste and critic, said that if Yakshagana was to benefit from the academy the Government should allocate enough funds to carry out its activities. If the Government wanted to promote Yakshagana in the true sense through the academy it should change its manner of promoting performing arts, he said.

Keremane Shambu Hegde, president of the Karnataka Janapada and Yakshagana Academy, who is also a Yakshagana artiste, said that a long-pending dream of Yakshagana lovers had been realised. The academy should also help the artistes along with promoting the art form, he said. Amrut Someshwar, writer of Yakshagana "prasangas", said that it was a positive development. It would help in the research and study of Yakshagana. The academy should cover all forms of Yakshagana in the State, he said. N. Yogish Bhat, MLA, also welcomed the announcement.