In the history of UAE a Yakshagana Play "Mahisha Mardhani" was presented in Konkani for the first time, in the Emirates English Speaking School, Dubai and it was presented on the occasion of Anant Chaturdashi, a very auspicious day in the Hindu calendar.
Amchigele Samaj UAE, an association of Gowda Saraswat Brahmana Sangha (GSB) in the UAE celebrated Ananta Chaturdashi in Dubai on September 16. The celebration started in the morning with Satyanarayan Pooja followed by traditional lunch.
After the pooja, in the afternoon a yakshagana play was presented in Konkani with the support of Yaksha Mitraru, Dubai, in the presence of around 600 cheering audience.It was a successful experiment. Karkala Prabhakar Shenoy and Ravi Uchil were the bhagavats, which factor was an added attraction in the play, as they were sounded really professional and supported the artistes well during the play. Bhavanishankar Sharma and Ramesh Bhatt, Venkatesh Shastri, Dinesh, Harish Shettigar helped with raga, Tala, Chende etc.
The costume, make up and the back stage support was provided by Chidananda, Kishore, Ravi Uchchil and the group of Yakshmitraru. Under their able direction Mahesh Prabhu Moodabidre, Prabhakar S Kamath, Hemanth Joshi, Ananth V Kamath, Raghavendra Nayak gave a superlative performance alongside Giridhar Nayak and Veena Pai.
President Subhash Shanbhogue spoke words of appreciation to the artistes and the members as well, and wished to present more and more events like this. He added that the crowd was the virtual judge of the success of any function and by the expressions of that day's crowd he was sure that the Yakshagaana was a hit.
At the end, vote of thanks followed by raffle draw to the members.