Submitted by alvin on Fri, 2016-07-01 21:11 Mangaluru: Renowned Yakshagana artiste and orator of repute Siddakatte Vishwanatha Shetty passed away on Friday. He was 71. Born in Aajibettu of Bantwal taluk, Siddakatte Vishwanatha Shetty’s contribution to Yakshagana was huge. His performances with Yakshagana troupes kateel, Karnataka, kadri, saligrama, mangaladevi and hiriyadka melas are still remembered. He also performed with great Yakshagana artistes like Dhanodar Mandechuru, Baliparu, Arva Koragappa, Bolar Narayana Shetty, Kolyoor Ramachandra Rao, and Mijar Annapa. His parts in Naaga Shree Prasangada Shubraamga, Shewathadatta, Ranganayaaki, Dharma Sankranthi, Ishwari Parameshwari, Agni Nakshatra, Surya Vamshi brought him initial fame. Popular role of Shree Krishna It was his role as Shree Krishna in Narayana Shabarayara Bhagavati that catapulted him to fame and won the hearts of people. Vishwanatha Shetty roles as Rama, Krishna, Sudhanva, Bhishma, Valmiki, Hanumantha and Perumala Ballala’s in both Kannada and Tulu Yakshagana were also wildly popular. Role as writer Vishwanatha Shetty was not only a great artiste but also a writer. His plays in Tulu and Kannada such as ‘Shree Rama Sethu’, ‘Varnavaismya’, ‘Vishama Samaranga’, ‘Kanyaantaranga’, ‘Jwala Jahnavi’, ‘Shashivamshavallari’, ‘Chanakya Thanthra’, ‘Bollidandige’, ‘Kendasampige’, ‘Pattada Daiva’ and ‘Garuda Rekhe’ cemented his reputation in Yakshagana forever. Vishwanatha Shetty was a recipient of several awards, including the ‘Sethanadi’ Award.