BHASKAR KOGGA KAMATH
Bhaskar Kogga Kamath, son of Kogga Kamath is a graduate in arts. He is a
dynamic youth, zealously attached to this family folk-art like his grand
father. He has secured the Young Workers Talent Scholarship of the
central government at his tender age of 18 years for a period of three
France tour, 1979 - Belgium, Holland, 1983 - Australia.
France, Geneva, Holland.
Germany, France, Holland, Reunion . .1986 - Greece, and Athens.
participated in Holland Puppet Festival.
participated in National Puppet Festival held at Assam . Subsequently,
he secured Central Government Junior Research Fellowship for a period of
authored a book in English “ Story of Kogga Kamath Merionets”, giving
complete story of Uppinakudru Kamath Gharana Stringed puppetry. This is
first documentation work in Uppinakudru Kamath Gharana. He also authored
a Book in Kannada about the Foreign Travels of his Puppet Troupe, under
the auspices of the Trust, which he founded, viz. “UPPINAKUDRU SRI
DEVANNA PADMANABHA KAMATH MEMORIAL YAKSHAGANA GOMBEYATA TRUST (REGD.)”.
participated in International Puppet Festival held at Pakistan.
toured Andra Pradesh and Punjab states
(Jalandar, Amrithsar, Ludhiana, Bhutiala, Ropar etc.)
“GOMBE PRAPANCHA’’ a Souvenier in Kannada in 1998.
successfully participated in KONKANI KALA UTSAV held at New Delhi in
Sept. 1998, introduced nerration in KONKANI language for the first time.
In December he travelled Kolkatta for participating in International
- elected a member of the KARNATAKA JANAPADA &
YAKSHAGANA ACADEMY, BANGALORE.
zealous devotion to this ancient family traditional Folk-art, Bhaskar
Kamath even declined a lucrative job offered by a scheduled bank.
2000 -participated with practical demonstration in the INFOSIS PUPPET
FESTIVAL at Bangalore organised by well-known philanthropic institution
successfully participated in the International Puppet Festival held at
New Delhi in October 2000 sponsored by I.C.C.R.
2001- National Puppet Festival organised by PRITHVI THEATRE Mumbai.
2002 - Bhaskar Kamath felicited from 69th All India Kannada Sammelana -
2002 - National Puppet Festival held at Chennai by MADRAS CRAFT
2002 - SPIC-MACAY National Convention at Dehra Dun
2002 - International Puppet Festival organised by Ishar Puppet Theatre
New Delhi and Breath-taking successful shows ( at great personal risk ) at
JAMMU & KASHMIR
( for Army Jawans ) .
Successful tours at GOA in January 2003.
Inaugural show in the International Puppet Festival in March 2003,
organised by Sangeeth Natak Academy, New Delhi.
ceremony of “GOMBE MANE” (Puppet House ) at Uppinakudru in May 2003.
2003 - Hyderabad Tour organised by NATYARANGA & SPIC- MACAY.
2004 - authored a book “SOOTRA PARVA”, a complete memoir on the life of
late KOGGA DEVANNA KAMATH.
2004 - one month Rajastan Tour sponsored by SPIC-MACAY. Introduced
Narration in Hindi language for the first time.
2005 - Participated in National Puppet Festival held at Mumbai organised
by Sangeeth Natak Academy, New Delhi.
2005 - Participated in 20th NATIONAL CONVENTION held at Manipal
sponsored by SPIC-MACAY & MAHE .
has given practical demonstration in manipulation of the Yakshagana
string puppetry during several national & international festival.
Bhaskar Kamath has trained many students like Indian as well as foreign
students in Yakshagana puppetry.
September 2005 - Conducted training course for 10 students under "GURUKULA"
2006 - Honoured by Scientist Sri. Kasturirangan at Tata Institute,
2006 - Received "LIFE TIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD"
(VIRUDU) by Madras Craft Foundation at Chennai.
- Inauguration of "IRAVATHA", Mini
Bus, donated by INFOSYS FOUNDATION BANGALORE.
- Participated in programme sponsored by AZIM PREMJI FOUNDATION, (WIPRO),
2007 - Andhra Pradesh Tour organised by SPIC-MACAY.
September 2007 - London Tour for 2 months - sponsored by Annapurna
Indian Dance Company, Yorkshire, London.
2007 - Japan Tour - sponsored by Foundation Modern Puppet Centre.
2008 - 'ONE PROGRAMME FOR ONE DISTRICT" "UPPINAKUDRU
PUPPET TOUR -2008" - Karnataka Tour- First time in the
history of Uppinakudru Yakshagana Puppetry- sponsored by Infosys
2008 - Received "KALA CHETHANA"
award from Kalachethana,Academy Gadag.
2008 - Received ''Prof. VAJRA KUMAR AWARD"
from Dr. Veerendra Hegade at Vidyagiri, Dharwad.
2008 -visited Interlaken, Swizerland for demonstration.
2009 - visited Singapore along with the Troupe,.
This tour is sponsored by Dr. Sudhamurthy, Chairperson, Infosys
"SOOTRA ABHIYANA " (Kannada) and Colour pamphlets (English) THE STRING TRADITION AND UPPINAKUDRU YAKSHAGANA STRING PUPPETS - Book and Pamphlet releasing function held on 19th April 2009 at Kundapura.
Nov. 2009, - Participated in International Pupepet Festival held at Thailand on the occasion of King’s Birthday Celebration sponsored by I.C.C.R. New Delhi.
April 2010 - Bhaskar Kamath Selected as a Panel Member of Fellowship Selection Committee under Cultural Ministry, Govt. Of India, New Delhi.
May 2010 – Visited London (Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, U.K.) with the Troupe for programme sponsored by Dr. Sudhamurthy, Chair Person, Infosys Foundation, Bangalore.
October 2010 – Participated and given the programme in the Celebration of Masks, Puppets and Picture showmen Traditons of India sponsored by Indira Gandhi Art Centre, New Delhi.
November 2010 – Received State Award - 2010 from Sri. Yediyurappa, Honourable Chief Minister of Karnataka.
January 2012 – visited Japan for workshop sponsored by Modern Puppet Center, Kawasaki city, Japan.
April 2012 – visited Paris, France along with Troupe to participate in " Festival De I'Imaginaire -2012," sponsored by Maison Des Cultures Du Monde, Paris.
3rd December 2012- Foundation stone laying ceremony of "Uppinakudru Yakshagana Puppet Akademy Building" by Dr. P. Dayananda Pai, M.D., Century Builders Pvt. Ltd., Bangalore.
March 2013 – Given Yakshagana String Puppetry workshop at Madras Craft Foundation, Dakshina Chitra, Chennai.
July 2013 - participated in International Asian puppeteer workshop and full performance held at Lida city, Japan.
August 2013 - selected as a member of the Expert sub-committee on theatre and puppetry (traditional & Contemporary) of ICCR, New Delhi.
November 2013- Visited Moscow, Russia for performance.
November 2013- Participated in Europalia Festival, Brussels, Belgium.
Aug. 2014- Participated in Folk Festival organised by the Times of India in Bangalore.
March 7th 2015- Uppinakudru Puppet Akademy Building Inaugurated at Uppinakudru, sponsored by Dr. Sudhamurthy, Chair Person, Infosys Foundation, Bangalore and Dr. P. Dayananda Pai, Managing Director, M/S. Century Builders Pvt. Ltd., Bangalore
April 19th 2015 – Monthly programme started in Puppet Akademy through Puppet show by Sri Ganesha Yakshagana Gombeyata Mandali, Uppinakudru
October 2015 – Visited Hongkong for programme sponsored by Infosys Foundation, Bengaluru.
April 24th 2016 – Celebrated Annual Day of Puppet Akademy Building, Conferring Kogga Devanna Kamath Award 2016, Releasing Gombe Prapancha Paper and Appeal.
26th November 2016- Received Spandana Business Award 2016.
3rd December 2016- Received Basti Vaman Shenoy Vishwa Konkani Seva Puraskar 2016
Photography, Dancing, Painting, Cartooning and writing.
* Innovated new techniques of eye & mouth, lip movements.
* Introduction of puppet animals and birds in the puppet shows.
* New technique in the Stage-craft in the puppet shows.
* New fashioned light & shade technique introduced.
* Songs & narrations (interpretations) introduced in
Konkani & Hindi for
the respective audience.
* Given new dimension to Yakshagana Puppetry through practical
demonstration in dance and Manipulation of the stringed Puppets.
* Innovated a unique trial performance of “YOGA BY PUPPETS”.
* The Puppet of HANUMANTHA, growing to a full size, a magnificent &
* Innovated new INDIAN PUPPET of new technique in movement of the Puppet
by using rods and strings.
* Innovated new technique in movement and Manipulation of SPIDER
* Innovated new writing puppet.
* Innovated duck , worm, tortoise puppets etc.
* Innovated stick dance puppet.
Presidents Award (1966); fellowship from Sangeeth Nataka Academy of New
Delhi (1976); National Award (1980); Rajyotsava Award (1993); TULSI
SANMAN of Madhya Pradesh Government (1995); State Award (2010).