Dubai: Yakshagana performers arrive for ‘Lalithopakyana’ mega show on June 11

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News: Shodhan Prasad

Dubai, June 8: Dubai Yakshagana Abhyasa Tharagati (DYAT) and guest artists from Mangaluru are fully prepared to showcase their talents as they prepare and are now ready to perform a full-fledged Yakshagana Prasanga titled ‘Lalithopakyana’ (based on the famous mythological Devi Mahatme) with Precious Parties & Entertainment will present the show under the able direction of Yakshaguru / Yaksha Mayura Shekar D Shetty on June 11 at 3:30 PM at Sheikh Rashid Auditorium, The Indian High School, Oud Metha Road, Dubai.

DYAT, an institution for teaching skills of one of the oldest art forms of Karnataka ‘Yakshagana’ on the seafront in Dubai, has done a fantastic job with more than 70 children and the elderly who have gained knowledge through the loyal Shekar D Shettigar and convener Dinesh Shetty Kottinja who have been contributing their precious time for over 3 years.

The guest artists who arrived were received by DYAT at Dubai International Airport a few days ago. The very famous young female Bhagwat Amrita Adiga along with Kaushik Rao Puthige who is a rhythmist in Maddale along with Savinaya Nellitheertha, Deepak Rao Pejavar a famous lead actress, Gangadhar D Shettigar Kinnigoli who is a well known costume designer, Nithin Kumpala, the makeup artist are already arrived and joined the local artists of DYAT who are well prepared for the presentation. The main attraction star of the Yakshagana, Swarasamrat Yakshadruva Patla Satish Shetty, will arrive shortly and complete the team for the presentation.

The fully trained 49-person team led by convener Kottinja Dinesh Shetty is ready to present themselves led by Yaksha Mayura Guru Shekar D Shettigar who fully trained them. In total there will be 72 members to perform under Shekar Shettigar’s direction and choreography of Natyaguru Sharath Kudla.

A team of volunteers has already been formed to provide the whole program which will showcase the very old traditional style of performing arts in the soil of Dubai and is sure to be a feast for the Yakshagana fans of Dubai.

On this occasion, DYAT has this time conceived an annual ‘Yaksharaksha’ award ceremony and identified and selected the well-known well-deserved artist Prabhakar D Suvarna (President of Billwas Dubai) who will be honored at the event.

The program will start on June 11 at 3:30 PM with ‘Chauki Pooja’ followed by ‘Chende Jugalbandi’ at 4:30 PM and the main presentation at 5:00 PM which will last until 9:00 PM with the full presentation.

For the first time after the show at 9 pm there will be free ‘Sarvajanika Anna Santharpane’, organized by the donors of the program.

Media coordinator, Girish Narayan Katipalla, wants the news to reach all Tuluvas in and around the United Arab Emirates who can attend and participate in the rare celebratory occasion. Tuluvas in the UAE is asked to support the event and make it a great success.