Udupi: 'In dire straits' - Performing artistes protest against curfew, urge relaxation

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Daijiworld Media Network – Udupi (JD/MS)

Udupi, Jan 7: A symbolic protest was held by performing artistes working in the field of Yakshagana and stage drama in front of the DC's office here on Friday January 7 to draw the attention of the ruling BJP government to the hardships faced by them due to the weekend and night curfews.

Speaking on the occasion, Kishore Kumar Kundapur, president of Kalakshetra Kundapur, said, “We have gathered here to draw the attention of government towards the pathetic conditions of performing artistes. In addition to artistes, other people who are dependent on these arts like labourers working in sound and lighting, costume designers, various hawkers and vendors are facing problems. The life of artistes will be in dire straits in the coming days if the curfew continues.

"Most of the artistes work all through the night and take rest during day time. So they cannot go to any other work. The government has to withdraw the weekend curfew and allow the artistes to earn their bread. We also have responsibility to control covid, but no one should snatch our livelihood.”

Speaking to media, artiste Sathish Pai of Mooru Muthu troupe said, "Due to this rule of the government artistes are facing real problems. For the past 50 years, our troupe has been earning livelihood from performing arts. Around 14 people are there in our team. In the past two years somehow we have managed with the policies of the government.

"For us January to April is a peak time when demand is high. Artistes are in financial distress. Government should relax rules and allow us to hold shows. Curfew time should be extended to 12 midnight which will allow us to perform cultural activities," he urged.

An appeal was submitted to additional DC Sadashiva Prabhu in this regard. Hundreds of artistes and other related people were present on the occasion.




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  • Melroy C.F.Fernandes, Mangalore

    Fri, Jan 07 2022

    I empathize with these artistes.// Shri Mayya has proposed a brilliant idea that they may adopt for their own good.//What stops these performances from being organised inside a hall or a theatre(with the use of a Distributed Sound System or Wireless Headphones) during the 16 hours of daytime!?// I would like to hold the mirror up to these artistes who for several decades have been most selfish and uncaring for anybody else other than themselves.// This will be evident from: “””Most of the artistes work all through the night and take rest during day time. So they cannot go to any other work””””You, dear artistes, are not the only artistes in the world.// A Bharatnatyam dancer or an opera singer are also artistes but they never earn their livelihood by disturbing the entire neighbourhood at night time.// You uncaringly blare high decibel box type loudspeakers and burst fire cracker bombs that can be heard 2 – 3 kms away, all through the night disturbing hundreds of people who have to wake up early at 4 or 5 am ,cook, wash clothes, do their housework, look after their children, go to work, some travelling 2 -4 hours to&from their workplace, returning home dead tired at 7pm or 9pm to rest and sleep, only to find out that a handful of selfish people have decided to hold noisy programmes starting at 10pm and going on the whole night.// Yet, when your troupe goes abroad or even to Bombay, you hire a hall and perform without disturbing others!// How is it that you respect the same law abroad and spit on it when you return home? Think about it!//At least think of the 3 of your own fellow artistes who died of cardiac arrests, on stage, during performance; in mar.2017&2019 and Jan.2021.// Factors that may have played a role are: heat due to intense lighting, heavy sweating due to heavy clothing, humidity, heavy make-up preventing natural ventilation of the skin, combined with extremely high noise(90-110db)(there is enough medical evidence on this).

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  • Rajesh B Shetty, Udupi

    Fri, Jan 07 2022

    Dakshina Kannada people r needed only for voting. Besides that they r sidelined & the politicians r only concerned about Bangalore. Also our elected representatives r only interested in minting money rather than catering to the woes of their people.

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  • KS Mayya, Mangalore/Bangalore

    Fri, Jan 07 2022

    Mainstream bollywood is relying on OTT. Similarly the various Yakshagana melas should find ways to go online to perform live and adjust to the pandemic, rather than insisting on shows that are likely to throw social distancing out of the window. Audio effects, more video cameras, stronger content coupled with immersive experience at lower price reaching a larger audience than what is otherwise possible using traditional shows will be possible. And the appeal will be pan-Karnataka/Kannadigas across the globe and will not just be confined to DK alone. Sandalwood Divas and actors will start going after Yakshagana!!!

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  • Melroy C.F.Fernandes, Mangalore

    Fri, Jan 07 2022

    Brilliant idea Mr.Mayya

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  • Ajay Rebello, Kallianpur

    Fri, Jan 07 2022

    Vote with eyes open next time.

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  • R Bhandarkar, Mangaluru

    Fri, Jan 07 2022

    Leave ಮೇಕೆ ಕುರಿ ಹಂದಿ ಕತ್ತೆ ದಾಟ್ಟು , for the moment. These are real issues, burning problems , people from each fraternity face. People will never forget those who help them when in distress. Do some real work and expect political gains in return. No problem. However, no show offs please. People at large, don't like it. Not at times like these. REAL help needed for such artistes.

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  • Prakash, Dybai.

    Fri, Jan 07 2022

    Bhandari you are absolutely right. But i heard some one wants to address empty chair elections rally to drive covid out of india. Is it true? Any updates?

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  • R Bhandarkar, Mangaluru

    Fri, Jan 07 2022

    No.. I dunno.. Prakas Dybai. However, I know one boy aged around , 52 years also called Twitter Hero, practising politics part time, is missing again and has gone probably to his favorite hang out . You have any updates? They call him Ladka these days.

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  • Dev, Mangalore

    Fri, Jan 07 2022

    Good to see more and more people are getting the courage to raise the relevant issues. It is time for traders and business lobby to wake up and demand end to unscientific rules and regulations to help vaccine industries and big online business people to thrive at the cost of citizens and small businesses. The sooner they do the sooner this business model would end. Every person has got fundamental right to work and earn their livelihood, if any govt violates it then they are bound by same epidemic act to compensate their losses, if people unite and file demands with the govt failing to comply people should file criminal cases against those who are ordering these draconian measures and protocols.

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  • Praveen, Udupi

    Fri, Jan 07 2022

    Throw BJP out of power all will be ok.

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  • Moshu, Mangaluru

    Fri, Jan 07 2022

    Chaddi geeli ho rahi hai per vote Modi ko hi denge :D

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  • Anton, Mangalore

    Fri, Jan 07 2022

    Thank God Congress is not in power otherwise all hell would have broken loose

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  • real kujuma, kodial

    Fri, Jan 07 2022

    really nice to hear the woes as 99% of them are hardcore supporters of chaiwala and the saffron party....now face the music....

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  • Suresh, Udupi

    Fri, Jan 07 2022

    real kujuma, kodial Andh appa.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Raheja Waterfront

    Fri, Jan 07 2022

    Allow them to perform till 12 midnight if they wear masks & observe social distancing ...

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