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Puttur, April 25 : St Philomena College celebrated English Language Day with a vibrant cultural fusion, hosting a bilingual Yakshagana Talamaddale titled ‘Manthare’ on 24 April, 2024 at the PG Seminar hall of the college. This innovative event was a collaborative effort between the English Department, Kannada Department, Yakshakalakendra, and Desha Bhakta NS Kille Prathishtana ®, aimed at highlighting the linguistic richness of both Kannada and English.

The celebration was chaired by Rev. Dr Antony Prakash Monteiro, Principal of the college, who emphasized the importance of linguistic diversity in today’s global society. “Languages may differ, but they enrich and facilitate our conversations in this modern age,” he remarked.

The highlight of the event was the performance of ‘Manthare’, a traditional Yakshagana episode from the epic ‘RAMAYANA’, eloquently delivered in both Kannada and English. The dual-language presentation captivated the audience, showcasing the exceptional linguistic skills of the performers. Senior Yakshagana artist Prof. M L Samaga, portraying Kaikei, and Kiran Kumar Pawanakere as Manthare, were particularly noteworthy for their compelling dialogue and engaging storytelling.

Supporting the vibrant cultural dialogue, Prashanth Rai took on the role of Bhagavata, with Chaitanya Padyana complementing as the Maddale player, adding rhythmic depth to the Yakshasamvad. The event not only highlighted the artistic talents but also underscored the educational value of bilingual expression in traditional arts.

The program was hosted also by Prashanth Rai, Coordinator of the Yakshakala Kendra of the College. Bharathi S. Rai, Head of the Department of English, extended a warm welcome, while Dr Vijay Kumar M, Vice-Principal of the College, introduced the significance of the day. Suraksha S, co-convener of the Performing Arts Unit proposed a vote of thanks.

Dr Subbappa Kaikamba, Principal, GFGC Uppinangadi ,Retired Prof Datthatreya Rao , Members of the Staff, Students enrolled in the Yakshamrita Certificate Course and members of the Performing Arts Unit were among the audience, witnessing a novel approach to celebrating linguistic diversity through the powerful medium of Yakshagana Talamaddale.


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