Staff Correspondent

Udupi: President of the Udupi City Municipal Council (CMC) Dinakar Shetty said on Monday that Tala Maddale reflected the cultural heritage of the coastal districts of Karnataka.

He was presiding over the inaugural function of the weeklong “Tala Maddale saptaha”, organised by the Yakshagana Kalaranga here.

Mr. Shetty said that Yakshagana and Tala Maddale not only provided entertainment but also education to people. They taught morals and ethics to the people.

Yakshagana and Tala Maddale were essential to maintain the spiritual health of society, he said.

Artistes such as late Sheni Gopalakrishna Bhat, late Malpe Shankarnarayana Samaga and late Malpe Ramdas Samaga had taken Tala Maddale to new heights.

It was essential to make the younger generation aware of the richness of both Yakshagana and Tala Maddale. Veteran artistes of Yakshagana and Tala Maddale should be respected and felicitated, Mr. Shetty said.

President of the kalaragana T. Shivaram Shetty welcomed the gathering. Laskshmivara Tirtha Swamiji of Paryaya Shiroor Math inaugurated the saptaha. Joint secretary H.N. Shringeshwar proposed a vote of thanks.