The moving spirit behind it was Venkannachar Agalagatti, popularly called Shrlnlvasa Kavi, who wrote plays like Shrimatl Parinaya, Madalasa Parinaya, Draupadi Vastrapaharana and Bhasmasuravadhe. The reason for the great popularity of the Halisigi group was the exceptional talent of the artists, who were learned in classics of Sanskrit language and Kannada language. They lived a pious life and never missed their religious observances and proved that an artist of the stage could retain his orthodoxy and piety. While on tour, the artists attracted people by their Pravachanas, or musical discourses built around stories from the epics and classics. They considered their tours as a religious and cultural mission and utilised their time for the best advantage of both the villagers and themselves.
Theirs was one of the best methods of attracting people to the theatre. On invitation, they toured different important villages and cities from Belgaum to Bellary. After a period of inactivity, the company revived itself in about the year 1882 and started on its rounds once again. During this second phase of its activity it produced two exceptionally talented artists who were renamed Sandigl and Mandigi who are even now remembered for their histrionic abilities. Virata Parva was the most popular play of this troupe.
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