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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.