Suresh Rao Barkur to be conferred with Kalinga Navuda Award

-Ramananda Karkera, Barkur

Renowned artist Suresh Rao from Barkur has added another feather to his cap by receiving the prestigious  Kalinga Navada Award in the field of Yakshagana. This accolade, akin to the Dadasaheb Phalke Award in the film industry, is a testament to his exceptional contribution to the traditional art form.

Barkur takes immense pride in Suresh Rao's accomplishments, considering the significance of the awards he has garnered. His dedication to Yakshagana, and Hoovina Koalu, a traditional dance-drama form, has not only earned him local acclaim but also regional recognition.

While in the past, the artistic community held the Hoovina Koalu as a symbol of prestige, recent days have witnessed a decline in its significance. However, Suresh Rao has gracefully embraced the changes, persevering in his artistic journey and carrying the torch forward.

Suresh Rao's journey is not only marked by his artistic prowess but also by his resilience in the face of evolving traditions. The recent accolade adds another chapter to his illustrious career, emphasizing his commitment to preserving and promoting the rich cultural heritage of Barkur.

The community extends heartfelt congratulations to Suresh Rao, recognizing him not only as a talented artist but also as a source of inspiration for future generations. His achievements are a source of joy and pride for Barkur, underscoring the cultural richness of this vibrant town in Karnataka.

Barkur celebrates the success of its illustrious son, Suresh Rao, whose artistic journey continues to enrich the cultural tapestry of the region. The awards bestowed upon him serve as a testament to his unwavering dedication and exceptional talent in the realms of Yakshagana and Hoovina Koalu. 

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