Bengaluru: Subraya Hebbar, one of the prominent faces of Badaguthittu School of Yakshagana, has come up the hard way to pursue his passion against all odds.
Born to agriculturist Venkappaiah Hebbar and Girija Hebbar, Subraya picked up the art's basics from his father, who was a popular Talamaddale artiste then. While studying in primary class at Areshiruru, he would enjoy Yakshagana that was conducted at the school. In the later years, he was trained in Yakshagana's every department by respected artistes Heranjalu Venkataramana Ganiga, Narayana Maiya, Heranjalu Gopala Ganiga.
However, after completing his high school, he went in search of job and landed at Maharashtra. He worked in a hotel and in Rajaranga Times newspaper for a living for nearly five years.
Later, he came to Bengaluru to have his own business. But his heart was always in Yakshagana. His acquaintance with various amateur Yakshana groups provided him a platform to perform on many occasions.
After donning various roles including women's character, he directed 'Prasangas'. He is now regarded as a successful 'Bhagavath' in Yakshagana.
Today, he has bid adieu to his business and immersed himself in Yakshagana by actively performing with Karnataka Kaladarshini troupe run by Srinivas Sastan. Hebbar is training hundreds of children artists under the guidance of Sastan.
Recently, Subraya treated audience at Berlin where he was invited to perform at the ITB, 2017 event. He along with Suresh Achari Thantradi introduced the audience to 'Thenkuthittu' and 'Badaguthittu' School of Yakshagana through various 'Prasangas' for three days. They represented Karnataka Kaladarshini troupe of Bengaluru.