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FOUNDER
FOUNDER
Mr. Kondadakuli Ramachandra Hegde

The founder of Purnachandra Yakshakala Prathisthana Kondadakuli (R) Kumbhashi is renowned for his ability to portray the character he plays. His eloquent dancing style, delightful and extemporaneous dialogue delivery and soulful acting attracts the Yakshagana Rasikas.
Mr. Kondadakuli Ramachandra Hegde
Mr. Kondadakuli Ramachandra Hegde as himself !
Some of the 'Deeroddhatha' heroical roles played by him Rama, Krishna, Hanumantha, Ishwara Dasharatha, Harishchandra, Nala, Dhushyantha, Yama, Brahma, Vishnu, Devendra, Kacha, Dharmaraya, Jambhavantha, Shani, Vikrama are appreciated by the Yakshagana Rasikas. 

He gives life to the roles of Dheera Shantha characters such as Sanjaya, Naaradha, Akrora, Lakshmana, Brihaspathi.
 

Begining
On 26th June 1961, Mr. Ganesh Hegde and Ms. Kamala Hegde were blessed with a baby boy. Born in a Yakshagana artist's family instilled in him a natural talent for Yakshagana. His grandfather, Kondadakuli Rama Hegde -a state award winner for Yakshagana- trained and moulded young Ramachandra Hegde in the art.

Family
His family includes his wife Ms. Purnima Kondadakuli and daughters Ashwini and Akshatha.
Mr. Ramachandra Hegde, Akshatha, Ms. Purnima Kondadakuli and Ashwini (From Left to right)
His wife too is a Yakshagana artist and has been performing the 'Thalamaddale' form of Yakshagana. His daughters have already perfected the art of Yakshagana and Ashwini beautifully plays the role of 'Abimanyu', 'Chandrahasa' and other mythological characters.
 
Kondadakuli in the role of Arjuna masquerading as a Sanyasi
Kondakuli playing the role of Arjuna masqueraded as a Sanyasi to approach Subadre.
Some of the most mirthful and comical roles played by him are Gopalaka (Herdsman) of Chandravali, Vijaya in Maruthi Prathapa, Bahmana in Rathnavathi Kalyana etc.

Arjuna, Beema, Sudhanva, Darmangadha, Baratha, Babruvahana, Abimanyu, Lava Kusha, Marthanda Teja, Kamala Dwaja, Rudhra Kopa, Jamadhagni, Parashurama, Vishvamitra, Manmatha, Ashwathama, Sugreeva, Bishma, Veeramani, Yayathi, Shanthanu, Dhrona, Balarama, Ruthuparna, Chandra Haasa, Madana Thrishanku are the Dheera lalitha Prathinayaka roles played by him.

His Career
Young Ramachandra Hegde was attracted more towards Yakshagana than education and had quit the education when he was at SSLC (10th standard). Since then he never looked back and ruminated about his career. Initial three years he performed with Sri Mukya Praana Devaru Yakshagana Mandali, Gundabala. Later, for a long nineteen years he was with Sri Saligrama Mela. He then had a short stint of two years with Sri Panchalinga Mela Shirasi before starting his own mela -Purnachandra Yakshakala Prathisthana.
This marked the begining of his dream to perform only the Pauranika Yakshaganas. However, running a Mela is not an easy job, but with the help of Sri Ramachandrapura Mata and Sri Sondha Swarnavalli Mata he has been successfully satiating the thirst of Yakshagana Rasikas all over India.
 
Kondadakuli as Kamsa in Kamsa Vade
Ferocious look on Kondadakuli's eyes -enacting as Kamsa in prasanga Kamsa Vade
Ravana, Kamsa, Keechaka, Magadha, Kaurava, Vaali, Dusta Buddi, Basmasura, Shathadanva, Raktha Janga, Saalva, Kaundlika, Badra Sena, Pushkara, Dhaksha are some of the negative roles played by him.

Accomplishments
He brings out every hues and nuances of the character he plays by having a synergy and becoming one with the character. This has touched the hearts of Yakshagana Rasikas. Bala Gopala, Comedy, Female roles, Heroical roles, Negative roles, Prathi nayaka etc are among the diversified Yakshagana roles he had played. Some of the noted accomplshments of his acting are:

Other than these, Mr. Kondadakuli along with his toupe, has participated in numerous Yakshagana shows, Yakshagana conferences and he is a recipient of many awards and titles such as 'Yaksha Vichakshana', 'Naatya Rathnakara' and 'Naatya Mayuri'.
 

Kondadakuli engrossed in a serene dance pose
Kondadakuli's wish to perform only the Pauranika prasangas has brought some of out of the sight prasangas into light. Krishna Arjuna Kalaga, Lanka Dhahana, Brahma Kapala, Gadayuddha, Dasharatha Avasana, Kamsa Vade, Sathya Harishchandra, Maagadha Vade, Kaarthaveeryarjuna, Chandrahaasa, Bishma Vijaya, Chithrakshi Kalyana, Keechaka Vade, Dhamayanthi Punaha Swayamvara are some of the notable mythological stories that the Purnachandra Prathisthana had been playing till now with four hour duration for each of the prasangas.

 
Footnotes:
1)Rasika:A Connoisseur or a lover of an art.
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