After last two appetizers of Mohiniyattam & Kathakali let us come to the main course. Here are the photos of 1000th one-act show of Mantapa Prabhakara Upadhya for which the celebration was held on 2nd April at Alva’s.
It was a grand day of celebration with an array of cultural extravaganza brimming with skills, mastery and punctuality in timing which was only possible under the able leadership of Dr. Mohan Alva.
As mentioned in the beginning of the Mantapa’s performance by his mentor Shatavadhani R. Ganesh who mooted the concept of “solo” Yakshagana, 1000th performance will be no different from the earlier 999, but the significance we give to these numbers that makes 1000th and unique event.
Venu Visarjana was the subject of 1000th performance at Moodu Venu Pura (Sanskrit name for Moodabidri). It was loosely based on Pu.Thi. Narasimhachar’s Gokula Nirgamana which has Krishna’s separation from Radha as its theme and reaches spiritual heights of viraha bhava.
Words are not sufficient to explain this great performance of Mantapa Prabhakara Upadhya. So I will allow my photos to speak for themselves.
My good friend G.N Ashokvardhana has written a detailed article at his blog ಸಾವಿರಕಂಬದ ಊರಿನಲ್ಲಿ ಸಾವಿರದ ಸಂಭ್ರಮ on the whole days celebration.