Chittani Ramachandra Hegde
|Chittani Ramachandra hegde
ಶ್ರೀ ಚಿಟ್ಟಾಣಿ ರಾಮಚಂದ್ರ ಹೆಗಡೆ
Chittani Ramachandra Hegde as KAURAVA in Gadayudda-Prasanga.
|Native name||ಚಿಟ್ಟಾಣಿ ರಾಮಚಂದ್ರ ಹೆಗಡೆ|
14 September 1935|
Honnavara, Uttara Kannada, Karnataka, India
|Died||3 October 2017
|Known for||Kaurava,Dushtabuddhi,Rudrakopa,Bhasmasura,Keechaka roles in Yakshagana|
|Home town||Honnavara, Uttara Kannada, Karnataka.|
|Title||First Yakshagana artist to receive Padma Shri Award|
Aryabhata International award by Aryabhata cultural Organization.
|Honours||Padma Shri award|
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Chittani Ramachandra Hegde (born 14 September 1935 – died 3 October 2017) was a Legendary Yakshagana artiste from Honnavara, Uttara Kannada, Karnataka. He was the First Yakshagana artist to be awarded the Padma Shri Award by the Government of India.
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Chittani Ramachandra Hegde is the first Yakshagana artist to win the prestigious Padmashri award before winning several awards in Karnataka. His style is so popular that it was called Chittani Gharana. He started his Yakshagana career when he was just 7 years old, after dropping out of School when he was still studying in II Standard. He started performing in main roles when he was just 14 years old and performed on stage until a few days preceding his death in October 2017. He hails from Uttara Kannada district and is popularly known as Chittani among his huge fan base.
Chittani Ramachandra Hegde was born in the Uttara Kannada district of Karnataka. He practised badaguthittu style of Yakshagana.
In spite of stiff resistance from family members, he started giving Yakshagana performances at the age of 15 and still continues to act at the age of 83..
Chittani perfected the Yakshagana performance to such a level, where he is considered as "the finest example of what one could achieve in life with hard work and achievements.Chittani had performed yakshagana all over India and abroad. He used to perform on stage better than any younger artists.The ever lasting concrete experience on stage has enabled him to master even the most vigorous and tough character of the art, he added.
Chittani and Yakshagana
Badagu Titti style of Yakshagana on stage, which is probably why the number of artistes practising this style is also only a handful.Chittani Ramachandra Hegde is one of the few names that Badagu Titti brings to mind.The Badagu style of Yakshagana is the coming together of dialogue,dance and acting. When all the three aspects are in the right proportion, the character that is portrayed comes out as required. This style of Yakshagana provides a great scope for the growth of the character portrayed. In fact Yakshagana is one art that provides a huge canvas for the characters to come to life. Probably no other art form offers that scope. As a result, the growth of the artiste means the growth of the character and hence the growth of the art itself.
Wearing anklets on his feet and having dedicated more than six decades of his life to Yakshagana, Chittani was an artist of very high calibre.Chittani knew no world other than Yakshagana. Even at his ripe old age, not a single day was complete without Chittani tying anklets to his feet for the dance.Chittani was also known for his generous and encouraging attitude especially towards his fellow artists.
Chittani grew up to the sounds of the Chande and Maddale. Yakshagana is very active through the year in North and South Canara and Shimoga district.Chittani, influenced by this environment since childhood, gave up his studies after class two and ever since has devoted all his time towards learning and perfecting the art of Yakshagana.Having learnt the intricacies of the art from a number of troupes and artistes like Shivarama Hegde and Kondadakuli Rama Hegde, Chittani soon rose to the level of playing the lead roles. Whichever troupe that Chittani became part of, had nothing to worry as all the shows ran to packed houses whenever Chittani performed. It would not amount to exaggeration if one were to say that Chittani was the only 'box office hero' in the history of Yakshagana.
According to his fans, some of the characters portrayed by Chittani have actually been created by him. Bhasmasura-Mohini's Bhasmasura, Gadhayudda's Kaurava,Sudhanvarjuna's Arjuna as well as Sudhanva, Keechaka, Jarasandha, Karthaveeryarjuna, Dushtabuddhi,Maghagada,kamsa,kaladara,Rudrakopa among others, are characters which he mastered. He has grown with the characters he portrayed and the characters too have grown with him.Chittani was more of an entertaining artist.
The kind of life that Chittani had breathed into the character of Bhasmasura while performing on stage was unparalleled.The portrayal of the character of Bhasmasura was extraordinary. Chittani's greatest plus points were his dancing and acting abilities, it is his presentation of anger, shringara or fear, that brings him to the forefront.His two sons,Subramanya Chittani and Narasimha Chittani, are already following in the footsteps of their father and pursuing the art.
First Padmashri award for Yakshagana
Chittani Ramachandra Hegde fell ill with pneumonia on 29 September 2017, and died on 3 October 2017 at Manipal Hospital.
- Padma Shri award in 2012, by Ministry of Home affairs, Government of India.
- K. Shivaram Karanth award in 2009, by Kotathattu grama panchayat, Karnataka.
- Janapadashri Award in 2004.
- Keremane Shivarama Hegde Award in 2013.
- Rajyotsava Prashasti award in 1991.
- Karki Venkataramana Shastri Suri Award in 2009
- Aryabhata International Award for immense contribution in field of Yakshagana[when?]
- Alva's Nudisiri Award in 2012
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