Performance by visually challenged children is the highlight
SHIMOGA: A weeklong children’s Yakshagana programme, “Makkala Yakshagana Saptaha 2008”, will be held by Abhyudaya Trust (a cultural organisation) and the Department of Kannada and Culture here from Wednesday.
Performances will be staged between 6.30 p.m. and 8.30 p.m. every day at the Kuvempu Ranga Mandira. President of the trust Lakshminarayan Kashi said the main aim of the event was to help children take to Yakshagana in a traditional way.
He said the event would help develop interest among children about the rich art and create a platform for them to exhibit their talent.
It would also help popularise the art form.
Mr. Kashi said the most important part of the programme was the Yakshagana performance by visually-challenged children of Sharadadevi Andhara Vikasa Kendra (a free school for visually-challenged children) on the inaugural day.
Seven children’s troupes from Shimoga, Udupi,and Uttara Kannada districts will stage performances.
The episodes to be performed during the programme are “Shara Sethu Bandha” by Sharadadevi Andhara Vikas Kendra (October 15); “Krishna Arjuna Kalaga” by Makkala Mela of Saligrama, Udupi district (October 16); “Sarpa Darpa Damana” by Poornayu Yaksha Kala Koota of Iduvani, Sagar taluk, Shimoga district (October 17); “Govardhana Giri Pooje” by Yakshankura Troupe of Sirsi, Uttara Kannada district (October 18); “Jambavathi Kalyana” by Yakshagana Kendra of Yakshagurukula Shikshana Trust of Udupi (October 19); “Bhakta Sudhanva” by Sri Siddhi Vinayaka Yakshagana Sangha of Honnavar taluk, Uttara Kannada district (October 20) and “Lava Kusha Kalaga” by Karnataka Kala Darshini, Bangalore (October 21.)
Apart from these performances, a special discourse by Shatavadhani R. Ganesh on the life and contribution of Lord Rama will be held on October 18 and 19.