Mangaluru: Yakshagana 'bhagavath' Padyana Ganapathi Bhat no more

Daijiworld Media Network – Mangaluru (MS)

Mangaluru, Oct 12: Top ranked Bhagavath of Thenkuthittu Padyana Ganapathi Bhat passed away on Tuesday October 12. He was 66.

Bhat had contracted Covid a few months ago. He had recovered from the condition and returned home. He was suffering from heart ailment also. Bhat died of cardiac arrest on Tuesday.

Bhat had done Bhagavathike for more than five decades in Thenkuthittu. He founded the Padyana style in Bhagavathike. He was serving as chief Bhagavath in popular troupes of Thenkuthittu like Hosanagara Mela, Edaneeru Mela and Hanumagiri Mela. Even his brothers and whole Padyana family has contributed immensely for glory of Thenkuthittu Yakshagana.

He was born on January 21, 1955 to Thirumaleshwara Bhat and Savithri Amma couple, residents of Golthaje near Kalmadka of Sullia taluk. He was originally from Padyana family of Karopady village of Bantwal. He joined Chowdeshwari Mela at the age of 16 and started his long and fruitful journey of Bhagavathike.

Bhat has left behind wife Sheelashankari, children Swasthik and Karthik, relatives, friends and scores of his fans.





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  • KS Mayya, Mangalore/Bangalore

    Tue, Oct 12 2021

    Sad news. But his contributions has put Padyana in the map of relevance and significance for art and culture of DK. May God give you Pitritva. Many salutes to Padyana family whilst joining you in mourning his passing.

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  • Ben D'Souza Prabhu, Mangalore, Bombay Bandra now in Canada

    Tue, Oct 12 2021

    Good Lord ! Please Bless our dear Ganapathi Bhat for all his Wonderful efforts during his Lifetime !!! Thank you Lord for such personnel. Kindly accept him in your Heavenly Abode for ever !!!

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  • AD, Mangalore

    Tue, Oct 12 2021

    Storyteller par excellence. A great loss to Yakshagana but his yeoman service will always be remembered. Om Shanti

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  • Satya, Mangalore

    Tue, Oct 12 2021

    We have lost one of the Gem of YAKSHAGANA from Dakshina Kannada. The best voice ..... RIP LEGEND. MISS U SIR.

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  • Rajesh, Manglore

    Tue, Oct 12 2021

    ಓರ್ವ ಅದ್ಭುತ ಭಾಗವತರು , ದೇವರು ಅವರ ಆತ್ಮಕ್ಕೆ ಚಿರಶಾಂತಿಯನ್ನು ನೀಡಲಿ ಓಂ ಶಾಂತಿ,

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  • Carlton Saldanha, Shirva/New York

    Tue, Oct 12 2021

    Great artist with melodious voice. Om Shanti.

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  • KRPrabhu, Bangaluru/Mangalore

    Tue, Oct 12 2021

    Another great star of tenuthittu yakshagana lost .Great loss indeed.May yakshgana Adidevathe Sri Durga grant devine soul peaceful rest in her abode.

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