Brahmavar Veerabhadra Naik, Yakshagana Dancer
Brahmavar Veerabhadra Naik was a Yakshagana guru.
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Brahmavar Veerabhadra Naik was a Yakshagana
artist as well as guru. He was born into a family of Yakshagana artists in Matapadi village, near Brahmavar, Dakshin Kannad district, Karnataka in 1906. He trained under his father, Narayana Naik, learnt dance and music too. He first performed at the age of 15. He acted all categories of roles including women, demons, and clowns with such versatility that he became known as Dasavatari or 'One with ten avatars'. He worked with many famous Yakshagana troupes, including the Kollur, Saligrama, Mandarti, Maranakatte, Suratkal, and Amriteswari, and taught the traditional style to an entire generation of performers. Brahmavar Veerabhadra Naik died in the year 1982.
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