Staff Correspondent

MANGALORE: Veteran “Harikatha” exponent Bhadragiri Achyutadas called upon managements of various temples to utilise their funds to organise “Harikathas” to spread value education.

He was speaking after receiving the Malpe Shankaranarayana Samaga Award for 2009, instituted by the Kalkura Foundation, at a function here on Sunday. J. Krishna Palemar, Minister in-charge of Dakshina Kannada district, presented the award, which comprised a gold medal, a citation and a shawl.

Mr. Achyutadas said that the present-day youths were less informed about the great values contained in Ramayana and Mahabharata. Instead of spending huge money on burning crackers during festivals, temples should use the same money for spreading value education through “Harikathas”, which was beneficial to society. Even though the usage of certain idioms and phrases varied from region to region, the ultimate objective was to communicate, he said.

Kabbinale Vasantha Bharadwaj, a Kannada scholar, said that references to “Harikatha” in Karnataka could be traced to the 12th century. “Vali-Moksha Sri Krishna Karunya”, a Yakshagana talamaddale episode, was staged.