On the 13th of August, 2014, the Gangubai Hanagal Auditorium at the Manipal Centre for Philosophy and Humanities was inaugurated by Dr Ramdas Pai, the Chancellor of Manipal University. Named after the doyen of Hindustani Classical music, the event itself paid homage to Gangubai Hanagal’s cultural legacy. The inauguration was attended by the faculty and students of Manipal University. A short introduction to Gangubai Hanagal and her contribution to the field of music was given by Tanuja Viswanath, a second year student.
A group of students then did a theatrical reading of Kannada poetry, spanning the works of Pampa, Nagachandra, Raghavaanka, Kumaravyasa, Akkamahadevi to the more contemporary poets S. V Parameshwara Bhatta and G. S Shivarudrappa.
This was followed by a Yakshagana performance by members of the Yakshagana Kendra Udupi, led by Guru Sanjeev Suvarna, who has had a long association with MCPH. An episode from the Mahabharata – Veera Abhimanyu – saw poignant portrayal in the performance.
The evening ended with three Kathak dance pieces by Rohini Prabhat that traced the movement of the dance form from the temple spaces to the public sphere.
Finally, Dr. Gayathri Prabhu delivered the vote of thanks.
Report by Esther Moraes, II M. A
Edited by Sharmada Shastry, II M. A
Photographs by Marina George, II M. A