Udupi: Yakshagana artistes' miserable lives amid lockdown - Seek government help

Daijiworld Media Network - Udupi (HB)

Udupi, Aug 10: The life of Yakshagana artistes have been in a wretched situation. They are finding it difficult to lead a comfortable life. The artistes have not been extended any help from either the government or owner of the Yakshagana troupe during these unprecedented times brought about by the lockdown. For several of these artistes, Yakshagana is a means of earning a livelihood. We urge the government in helping us receive half of the annual remuneration so that the artistes can sustain amid problematic situations, said Kodi Vishwanath Ganiga at a press club in Brahmagiri on Monday, August 10.

Speaking to the media he said, "The Yakshagana artistes work from November to May, for six months in a year. Recently, the government released money for these artistes, unfortunately, only a few of them received it. Artistes who perform under the temples who have endowment were the only ones to receive government benefits. It is unfair to the other artistes who are also keen on receiving monetary benefits."

Shashakanth Shetty, Karkala, the artiste of Saligrama mela said, "Minister Kota Srinivas Poojary acknowledged our situation. However, other political representatives have turned a deaf ear to our condition. Most of the Yakshagana melas function through temples. There are 15 Badagu and Thenku troupes that are owned by private individuals."

Shetty urged the government to take over all private troupes under its governance and hoped the administration comes forward to help the artists.

Ganesh Balagara, Shankar Narayana meal; Gopal Poojary, Megharvalli mela, Narayana Naika and others were present. 




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  • Sachidananda Shetty, Mundkur/Dubai

    Tue, Aug 11 2020

    Indeed all are in trouble this year.... Be it Pambada (Bootha Kola Performer), Vaadya Mela, Yakshagana, Naataka, Caterers & even Pooja performing Brahmin Communities too

    No Income for them since last Mar'2020 till date.... Some of them learned a lesson of their life for their stubborn or monopoly or oligopoly attitude but most of the genuine people suffered a lot

    Now you call it God's decision or natural calamities.... but everybody's suffering we can feel it too

    Indeed Govt should help them. In fact I did my little contribution when one such famous Yakshagana Vidhushaka (Haasyagaara) Artist since we know him from his social group

    I will do it again with my little contribution if they willing to help all those affected people

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  • Manohar, Mangalore

    Mon, Aug 10 2020

    Yakshagana seems to be days of the past.
    Now a days no much enthusiastic on this plays.
    People glue to their electronic gadgets.
    No time to watch yakshagana whole night without sleep.

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  • Harsha, Mangaluru.

    Mon, Aug 10 2020

    Central Govt should compensate these artists, No one has job at these time.PM, pl help. We pay taxes also to the centall govt. Not one rupee help recd from BJP.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Mon, Aug 10 2020

    Yeddyurappa should be back in office after a few days ...

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