Chairman of Karnataka Yakshagana Bayalata Academy M. L. Samaga has called for standardisation in Yakshagana.
Addressing a function organised by Mangalore University to present the second annual Yakshamangala Award instituted by P. Dayananda Pai and P. Satish Pai Yakshagana Adhyayana Kendra at the university to senior Yakshagana artiste K. Govinda Bhat, 75, here on Thursday, Mr. Samaga said Yakshagana had the discipline of a classical art and flexibility of a folk art. Bringing in standardisation in all aspects of the form would provide the art a unique identity.
He said it was the grandeur of Yakshagana costumes which attracted the uninitiated towards the art. Mr. Samaga said there was a need to retain and sustain its rich costumes and tradition. Vice-Chancellor of the university T. C. Shivashankara Murthy presented Mr. Bhat the award, which included Rs. 25,000, a citation and a shawl.
Mr. Murthy said the university through the kendra was planning to train schoolchildren in Yakshagana during the vacations and form a performing troupe of the university. The kendra had associated itself with organising yYakshagana performances with other organisations in many places in its jurisdiction.
P. Dayananda Pai of Bangalore who had endowed Rs. 1 crore with the university for starting the Kendra announced on the occasion that he would donate Rs. 2.50 lakh to the kendra shortly. The interest amount accrued from the endowment of Rs. 2.50 lakh could be used for presenting the annual Yakshamangala Award.
Mr. Pai gave away a cheque for Rs. 10,000 to the Vice-Chancellor for handing over the same to Puttur Sridhara Bhandary, a senior yakshagana artiste, for his medical treatment.
Taranath Varkady, an Yakshagana artiste, who spoke on the contributions of Mr. Bhat to Yakshagana, said that he had a mastery over all the aspects of Yakshagana. Mr. Bhat has been a humble man and served 44 years in Dharmasthala Yakshagana Mela alone, Mr. Varkady recalled.
Mr. Bhat in his reply to the felicitation expressed happiness that Yakshagana was finding an increasing number of patrons these days.
Director of the Kendra and Registrar (administration) of the university K. Chinnappa Gowda said the section on Badaguthittu school of Yakshagana at the museum inaugurated by Mr. Samaga on Thursday had seven models.
Shiva Kumar of Ujire who designed the models was felicitated.