In a tragic incident, a Yakshagana artist died on the stage, halfway through his performance, at Yalajitha village of Byndoor on Sunday.
The deceased is Hudugodu Chandrahas (52). He was working in Kaladhara Yakshagana Balaga, Jalavalli and was taking part in a guest look within the play. within the middle of the play, Chandrahas collapsed and died on the spot because of the heart attack.
Chandrahas was a celebrated artist in Badagutittu kind of Yakshagana and had shot to fame once playing the role of 'Salva' in 'Bhishma Vijaya'. Ironically, on his last day, he was staging the role of Salva and was delivering his lines once he collapsed. The Yakshagana of Sunday was being streamed live on his FB page and was therefore captured clearly. although he was hurried to Byndoor hospital, he couldn't be saved.
His son Pradeep too was playing a role within the same event. Over the last 3 years, Chandrahas had been playing only the guest role.