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About US - 80 Years in Yakshagana

Shri Idagunji Mahaganapati Yakshagana Mandali, Keremane® was founded way back in 1934. Since then, it has given more than 6500 performances and in the process it has nurtured and molded many artists. Shri Keremane Shivananda Hegde is the present Director of the troupe who has learnt Yakshagana under the guidance of his illustrious grandfather Late Shri Keremane Shivarama Hegde and Father Late Shri Keremane Shambhu Hegde. The troupe has staged more than fifty new plays based on the Indian mythologies and epics. The founder of this troupe, Late Shri Keremane Shivarama Hegde was a renowned artist who received the Sangeet Nataka Akademi Award for Yakshagana in 1971. His son Late Shri Keremane Shambhu Hegde was also a distinguished artist and was honored with National Award. Recently, the Troupe has successfully toured Indonesia – from 26th Oct 09 till 06th Nov-09 under the leadership of Shri Keremane Shivanand Hegde. The three generations of Keremane family have dedicated themselves to this art.

Saturday, September 04, 2010


The name Keremane Shambhu Hegde has become renowned in the field of art and culture in India and Abroad. His contribution to Yakshagana will not fade along with the passage of time. His sudden demise in 2009 has created a vacuum in Yakshagana. But trust has decided to revive his unmatched contributions and dedication to this field by celebrating a mega cultural event every year “SHRI KEREMANE SHAMBHU HEGDE MEMORIAL NATIONAL FESTIVAL” .

Celebrating the Silver Jubilee of Yakshagana Training Center “Shrimaya Yakshagana Ranga Shikshana Kendra” is also part of this festival.

On this occasion, trust wants to present cultural performances by eminent artists of different forms such as Yakshagana, Bharatanatyam, Chhau, Gotipua of Orissa, Langa Mangniyar of Rajasthan, Khatak and classical music of Hindustani and Karnataki. It has been decided to celebrate this event for Three days in the month of Jan,22,23,24 2011 in the premises of “Shrimaya Kalakendra at Gunavante, Honnavar, Uttara Kannada.

On This occasion we wish to strengthen and tone up our Yakshagana Theatre Education Center and troupe by adding a good Library, Yakshagana Museum, Documentation Center and Cultural Activities. To Commemorate the PLATINUM JUBILEE Celebrations of our Troupe, wish to bring out a Souvenir which will reach out not only to Indian art lovers but even in abroad.

Please note that contributions to this association enjoy recognition u/s 80G of Income-Tax Act 1961. We really appreciate your help to make this event more successful.


Anonymous said...

nice one sir. really good job

Anoop Negi said...

For some of the photographs on getting ready before the show and some of the actual performance done on January 30, 2011 at Pune in the open air auditorium at NCL, Pashan, you are welcome to see them here

A great pleasure to view it and document it. Thank you Mr Keremane Shivanand Hegde and the troupe for keeping this great tradition alive

Anoop Negi

~rAGU said...

Thank you

Anonymous said...

This is simply great! Shivanand Hegde Keremane started new era in this Yakshagana world and shri idagunji Mahaganapati bless him for more success

Anonymous said...

I remember my child hood by seeing your blog. said...

your vast & informative blog has filled my heart, your blog takes me 48 years back; when we
used to watch yakshaganam in open theater without sleeping from 9:30pm to 6 in the morning.
My brother-in-law also participates in YAKSHAGANA @ HAVYAKA in CANADA.Thank you for your informative
blog & keep blogging!.-----Manjunath Bhat