Sant Bhadragiri Achyutdas Memorial

National Seminar on Katha Keertan

Venue-  Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Bangalore on 23-10-2016

Katha Keertan is an ancient, unique, interdisciplinary art form of India. This form is comprised of various art forms like Music, Dance, Drama, Gamaka and Folk.

Vanamala Center for Art and Culture in collaboration with Shadja Kala Kendra ® and Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan is organising a one day National Seminar on Katha Keertan on 23rd October 2016 in memory of the great Katha Keertan exponent Sant Bhadragiri Achyuta Das.

This seminar throws light on the origin, development and structure of this communicative art form through a series of lectures and demonstrations. A Journal comprising of articles on various art forms written by scholars and researchers would be released in the seminar. Scholars, Researchers and Students from different fields of Art forms are participating in this Seminar.


Maximum -1500 words

English – Times New Roman

Font:  Body 12 and Title 14

Kannada- Nudi/Baraha 14 and Title 16

Maximum of 2-3 photographs related to the topic is welcome

Panel of Expert’s decision is final for the selection of articles

Last date to send articles: 15-08-2016

Please send your Articles to

The Journal will have ISBN Number.

M Phil/ Ph D Research Scholars must give the names of their Guide and University.

Those who want to register for the Seminar and contribute articles to the journal please send us a mail to

Seminar Schedule

09:15 AM Inauguration and Release of Journal
09:45-10:30 Keertanacharya Lakshmanadas Velankar, Bangalore, Renowned Katha Keertan Artist Katha Keertan-An overview and contribution of Haridasa Keertankaars
10:30-11:15 Dr B M Sundaram, Pondicherry            Renowned Musicologist  and Musician Musical forms in Katha Keertan of South India
11:30-12:15 Dr Meera Rajaram Pranesh, Bangalore  Renowned Musicologist and Musician Presentation of Harikeshanallur Dr L Mutthaih Bhagavatar’s Katha Keertan compositions


12:15-1:00 Pandit Prashant Pandav, Poona                   Marati Keertankaar and Tabala Artist Lecture Demonstration                                         Musical forms in Katha Keertans of Maharashtra


1:00-2:00 Lunch Break
2:00-3:00 Surmani Dattatreya Velankar Katha Keertan- Santa Tukaram


3:00 – 3:45 Dr Lakshman Das, Tumkur                    Renowned Katha Keertan artist Lecture Demonstration                                                   Drama compositions and portray of modern personalities  in Katha Keertan
3:45 – 4:00 Tea Break
4:00- 4:45

Dr Purnima Pande, Kathak Dancer            Former Vice Chancellor, Bhatkande University, Lucknow  and  Indira Kala Sangeet Vishwavidyalay, Khairagad


Lecture demonstration                                     Kathakaar tradition in Kathak



4:45-5:15 Dr Prabhakara Joshi, Mangalore                             Renowned Yakshagana Scholar Katha Keertan- An ideal communicating Art form
5:30 Valedictory function

 Master of the Ceremony – Dr Gurudas S P, Renowned Katha Keertan Artist, Mangalore