According to the working president of the reception committee G.L. Hegde, the first State-level integrated Yakshagana Sammelana funded and organised by the government for two days in Udupi from February 11 will see the launching of 18 books on Yakshagana and performances by 27 troupes.
Speaking to reporters on Monday, Mr. Hegde announced that the performances would feature the Tenku Thittu and Badagu Thittu schools of Yakshagana as well as two Talamaddale, two Gombeyata, Ghattadakore, Kelike, and Moodalapaya.
He announced that 200 artists who are no longer alive will have their portraits displayed along with an introduction. On Sunday, up to 75 artists will be honoured. In the “chowki,” many idols of “Natya Ganapathi” will be on exhibit (green room).
According to Mr. Hegde, there will be six sessions with a total of 18 speakers, 150 special invitees, and other attendees. From Saturday afternoon to Sunday night, two stages bearing the names of two legendary performers from the past, late Malpe Shankaranarayana Samaga and late Alike Ramayya Rai, will be used to present Yakshagana.
On February 11, there will be two all-night Yakshagana performances. From Saturday night to Sunday morning, performers from the Tenk Thittu school will produce Dashavatara while performers from the Badagu Thittu school of Yakshagana will present “Rani Shashiprabha, Veera Vrushasena, and Rukmavathi Kalyana” prasanga.
Artist Vasudeva Ranga Bhatta will speak with Mr. Joshi during a conversation that takes place on Saturday from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
The third stage, which bears Keremane Shivarama Hegde’s name, is where the sessions will take place. The issues facing Yakshagana education, Kannada and Yakshagana, Indian ideas and Yakshagana, Women in Yakshagana, experimentation in Yakshagana, and the structure of Moodalapaya are a few of the session themes.
There will also be performances of the Yakshagana ballet Panchavati on February 11 at 8.30 p.m. and the Tulu Yakshahgana Kallurti-Kalkuka on Saturday at 3 p.m.
According to Mr. Hegde, the State government has given the Sammelana Rs. 2 crore.
The Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai will inaugurate the Sammelana at 10.30 a.m. on Saturday in the forenoon. V. Sunil Kumar, minister of culture and kannada, will attend. Chandrashekara Kambara, recipient of the Jnanapith award, will give the keynote speech. M. Prabhakara Joshi, a prominent scholar and Talamaddale “arthadari” (orator or interpreter), will preside over the sammelana at the grounds of MGM College. (EOM)