Boston: An enthralling Yakshagana performance “Mahisha Vadhe – Devi Mahathme” by the famous Yakshagana artistes from Shree Kshetra Kateel Mela and Shree Kshetra Dharmasthala Mela on July 20, took the audience to the world of Yaksha, Kinnara and Kimpurusha. Unmatched, unparalleled, melodious voice of Patla Sathish Shetty hypnotized the audience and spellbinding act of every artiste kept the audience glued for the entire duration of the program.
Kala Tarangini Boston, New England Tulu Koota Boston, New England Kannada Koota Boston, and Yakshaloka Boston, USA came together to organize the Yakshagana in Holliston Town Hall Boston, United States. These organizations strive to link the people of American continent having their roots in coastal and greater Karnataka by organizing such cultural activities. The credit of getting the artistes to the USA goes to team leader Mijar Devananda Bhat under Yakshadeva Mithra Kala Mandali Belvai, Moodabidre, Dakshina Kannada and various organizations across the United States.
Be it a veteran Yakshagana enthusiast or a first timer who came with curiosity, the show of storytelling with dance, drama and live music made everyone spellbound. Prof. Malpe Lakshminarayana Samaga, Prashanth Shetty Nelyadi, Chandrashekhar Dharmasthala, Mahesh Maniyani, Mohan Bellippadi along with a surprise package of local artistes Prabhakara Bhat, Bhaskara Sherigar and Vaishali Hegde made the event unforgettable. The background music was ably supported by Padmanabha Upadhya in Maddale and Mijar Devanand Bhat in Chende.
The Mangalorean snacks served during the play and the night-long Yakshagaana performance made people nostalgic and took back to the memories of yesteryears.
In the end, the artistes were honoured by the organizing committee members. Mijar Devanada Bhat introduced the artistes, briefed about the Yaksha Dhruva Patla Foundation, its founder Patla Sathish Shetty and its commendable work to support the poor artistes.
Visiting artiste and retired Principal of MGM College Udupi, Prof. Malpe Lakshminarayana Samaga inspired the younger generation by stressing the importance of carrying forward the culture.
Dr. Sudhakara Rao, President of Kala Tarangini Boston, Bhaskara Sherigar Mala, President of New England Tulu Koota Boston, Madhu Mathihalli, President of New England Kannada Koota Boston and Praveena Naduthota, President of Yakshaloka Boston thanked all involved in organizing the event and making it a grand success.
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