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Udupi: Renowned Yakshagana artiste Chittani Ramachandra Hegde passes away


Daijiworld Media Network - Udupi

Udupi, Oct 3: Renowned Yakshagana artiste, first Padma Shri recepient Chittani Ramachandra Hegde passed away in a hospital here on Tuesday October 3. He was 84.

The legendary artiste had been admitted to a hospital here for fever and breathing problems. He suffered a stroke and was in the ICU from some days.

Hegde hailed from Chittani in Honnavar of Uttara Kannada district. He rendered remarkable service to the field of Yakshagana for 20 years, taking the coastal art form of Karnataka to national levels. Having started his career at the tender age of seven, he began donning main roles from the age of 14, and went on to perfect the Yakshagana art form.

He had even earned praise and appreciation from the legend of Kannada cinema the late Dr Rajkumar.

During his career, he donned the roles of Kaurava, Keechaka, 'Dushtabuddi', 'Bhasmasura' and others, excelling in each of his performance. His style became so popular that it came to be known as 'Chittani Gharana'.

For the past nine years, his fans have been hosting 'Chittani Yaksha Saptaha' in his honour, in which Hegde himself used to take part. The next Yaksha Saptaha was scheduled to be held from October 22 to 28.

He had the distinction of receiving the first Padma Shri for Yakshagana, in 2012 from the hands of the then President Pratibha Patil.

Among the other awards he received were K Shivaram Karanth award in 2009 by Kotathattu gram panchayat, Karnataka, Janapadashri Award in 2004, Rajyotsava Award in 1991, Aryabhata International Award by Aryabhata Cultural Organization and Alva's Nudisiri Award–2012.

 


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  • Vincent Rodrigues, Bengaluru/Katapadi

    Wed, Oct 4 2017

    Veteran artist we lost.May his soul rest in peace

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  • Alexander Menezes, Karkala/Dubai

    Wed, Oct 4 2017

    One of the Legend of Yakshagana and a humble human being is Chittani Ramachandra Hegde. Though I do not know much about the form of Yakshagana, but I have seen few of his plays "Basmasura Mohini", and Keechaka Vadhe. Beautifully performed and his role was a treat to watch. May his departed soul rest in eternal peace.

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  • Vishnumoorthi, Kota/B'lore/Canada

    Wed, Oct 4 2017

    Chittani, one of the greatest Yakshagana artists> His memorable roles cannot be forgotten for years to come. His demise has created a big void in Yakshagana. May his soul rest in peace.

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  • Vivek Bhat, Milpitas, CA USA

    Wed, Oct 4 2017

    "Chittani" name will be remembered forever till Yakshagana is alive! He was one of the top-most artists Yakshagana field has ever seen! May this great soul rest in peace! Can you believe "Kamsa" seen in the below video is by 76 year YOUNG Chittani (performed in April 2009 in Kumta)? Amazing!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=53D-UchBMUc
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WKpsQttidAA

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  • MV Shetty, Bangalore

    Tue, Oct 3 2017

    RIP.
    We lost one of the legendary artist.

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  • leslie, udupi

    Tue, Oct 3 2017

    Colossal talent Chittani Ramanna...
    Very few vacuums are never filled...
    They remain forever in memories...
    Humble man lived humble...
    Taught many to live...
    This is one of those rare genuine Padmashrees...
    RIP Master... May God keep you next to him...

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