Puttur Shridhara Bhandari (Born
1945, October), a celebrated Yakshagana artiste, admired by all for his
unparalleled ‘Pundu Vesha’ (Young Character), is now suffering from knee
injury. He has undergone knee operation and his doctor at Mangalore, Dr.
Shantarama Shetty replaced his knee a few weeks ago.
Shridhara Bhandari (66) recently collapsed on
stage while performing dheengina, which is a vigorously jumping and turning
mid-air in pundu vesha performance.
The man who danced and ruled the Yakshagana theater continuously for more
than 55 years is now in bed and finding hard to move. With these, an era of Pundu vesha is in the verge of its end.
Born at Bannur in Puttur taluk of
Dakshina Kannada, Mr. Bhandari started performing Yakshagana from the age of
12. Initially, he was in the Ballambetta Mela and then joined the
renowned Shri Dharmasthala Mela where he performed for 45 years. In between, he
managed Kanteshawara Mela and Puttur Mela for 11 years. All these years Mr.
Bhanadari was doing the ‘pundu vesha’-
the youthful characters such as Abhimanyu, Krishna, Sudhanva, Parashurama,
Vrushaketu, Lava-Kusha, etc. Over the years, his name has become synonymous
with the character of Abhimanyu, which is one of his favorites. The audience at
National Theater, Tokyo applauded his wonderful performance with standing
ovation during his tour to Japan (1992).
Admirers of him are planning to help
this ailing, talented and celebrated Yakshagana artist by raising a fund to
facilitate his medical expenditure. It is requested to contribute generously.
Your generous contributions to
Shridhara Bandari will be worth its value if it can bring smile on the face of
a great artiste of our time.
Bank Cheque /Demand Draft may be
drawn in the name of ‘Shridhara Bhandari’ payable at Puttur and may be posted to Putturu Shridhara Bhandari Yakshagana Artist Bannur House Post Bannuru Puttur Taluk Dakshina Kannada District Karnataka