Mysuru, May 4:- Akhila Karnataka Brahmana Mahasabha paid rich tributes to veteran theatre artiste Master Hirannaiah at the office of the organisation at Ittigegudu in the city on Friday.
President of the organisation, DT Prakash paid floral tributes to the portrait of Master Hirannaiah. Members observed silence for a minute as a mark of respect to the departed soul.
“Master Hirannaiah awakened the society by his political satire. He attracted the society towards him by his plays. His Lanchavatara play was staged more than 11,000 times. It had houseful viewing at all the parts of the state. It was very difficult for Brahmins to join the mainstream of society four decades ago. But Master Hirannaiah openly said that he was proud to be a Brahmin. He was the founder-member of Akhila Karnataka Brahmana Mahasabha. Jayachamarajendra Wadiyar had felicitated him with Kanteerava Rathna award,” said DT Prakash.
“Considering his contributions to the cultural field, it is unfortunate that he was not given state honour after his death. The government could have instructed Bengaluru district administration to give state funeral. Vishnuvardhan memorial is also not yet constructed. How right is it to neglect artistes just because they are Brahmins? Major roads should be named after Master Hirannaiah to remember his contributions,” he added.
Gopal Rao, former corporator Parthasarathy, Harish, Havyaka association president LN Hegde, Apurva Suresh, Latha Balakrishna, Kadakola Jagadish and others were present. (MR/KS).