USA: The New England Tulu Koota (NETK) Boston organised a "Yakshagana" performance at Tyngsborough Town Hall near Boston, USA on August 31. The event was attended by art lovers across Boston who wanted to catch a rare display of "Yakshagana", one of coastal Karnataka’s rich and colourful art forms.
The dance was performed by eminent Yakshagana artist Patla Satish Shetty along with his team from the Yaksha Dhruva Patla Foundation in Mangaluru, India. The foundation is a charity that aims to popularise Yakshagana while providing financial support to the artists and their families.
The NETK is a Boston organisation that strives to celebrate Tulu culture and language across the American continent. Since its inception six years ago, NETK has organised various cultural programmes to highlight the talents of local Tulu community members as well as professional artists from coastal Karnataka. These efforts are carried out to showcase the rich heritage of Tulu Nadu and generate appreciation among younger generations living in the US.
The programme commenced with a rendition of ‘Yakshagana Sudarshana Vijaya’ by well-known artists from Karnataka's coastal districts.
Later, Yakshagana artist Patla Satish Shetty delivered an enthralling performance amplified by a melodious voice and dialogues. Dancers Chandrashekara Dharmastala, Lakshminaryana Samaga, Prashanth Shetty Nelyadi, Mahesh Maniyani, Mohana Bellippady, and Sumanth Mithanthaya (backed by Padmanabha Upadhya and Padyana Jayaram's beats) transported the audience to an enchanting world of music and dance.
At the end of the programme, Patla Satish Shetty and his team of artists were felicitated with mementoes presented by Tulu Koota President Bhaskara Sherigar, General Secretary Puja Shetty, Treasurer Sharath Amin and other executive members of the organisation.
Former Principal of Udupi's MGM College and ardent Yakshagana enthusiast ML Samaga briefly explained Yakshagana's rich history and highlighted the importance of passing on cultural traditions to younger generations. Patla Satish Shetty presented an overview of the Yaksha Dhruva Patla Foundation and sought the community's support in helping needy Yakshagana artists.
Fredrick Fernandes delivered the vote of thanks.
Later, audience members were served homemade Tulu Nadu delicacies such as “Kadle Bajil” along with tea.
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