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Hasya Mela begins Sunday

Master Hirannaiah — File Photo: Bhagya Prakash K.

Master Hirannaiah — File Photo: Bhagya Prakash K.  

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In 1999, when theatre personalities Uncle Shyam and Make-up Nani approached mentor H. Narasimaiah for his opinion on when they wanted to flag-off a Humour Festival, the reaction from him was spontaneous. “You want to come up with a Humour Fest, then why have you come here with such knotted faces? Why are you rationing your smile?” Mr. Narasimaiah’s suggestion proved irresistible. The duo not just returned happy and smiling, but decided to retain the punch line ‘Naguvigeke Ration’ in every edition of Antharanga’s Hasya Mela or the Humour Festival. Thus the festival was born 14 years ago, with HN’s remarkable words etched for people to share.

This year’s Hasya Mela from Sunday (at R.V. Dental College, 10.30 a.m. to 7 p.m.) will feature 14 humorists from the State. While Master Hirannaiah will lace his wit with political and social issues, Gangavati Pranesh, Basavaraj Mahamani and Narasimha Joshi from north Karnataka will joke with a tongue of pleasantry local to their own region making it more special.

Programme coordinator, Antharanga - Hasya Mela, Achyuta Rao Padaki says his session ‘Pancha Kajjaya’ will bring in rib-tickling comedy. While mimicry Gopi would have politicians for his subject, author S. Shadakshari will not bring in anything academic but have lighter words say them all. Humour in magic by Jaadu Jagannath and a skit are also part of the offering. Richard Louis, Kirloskar Sathya, Y.V. Gundu Rao are others who will make you droll. Humorists HAL Ashwath, Y.V. Gundu Rao, Kirloskar Sathya, Sunethra Pandit and Basavaraj Mahamani will be honoured.

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