Popular theatre artiste and organiser A C Bhandaray has been appointed as the president ofthe Karnataka Tulu Sahitya Academy. Bhandary, 74, is the honorary president of Akhila Bharata Tulu Sahitya Okkuta and has been active in the field of politics and organising folk events. He had also established himself as a threatre artiste during the 1970s. His lead role in a play named 'Manager Kanthu' had earned him immense appreciation. Bhandary has held various positions in templecommittees in Dakshina Kannada district. He was honoured withthe Dakshina Kannada District Rajyotsava Award for his service to the field of theatre and folk art in 2004. He was one of the founders of 'Tulu Koota,' the first ever Tulu organisation to have been established in Dakshina Kannada district during the seventies, a release here said.
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