Naranappa Uppoor

Naranappa Uppoor

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Naranappa Uppoor Profile

  • Name:
  • Naranappa Uppoor
  • Born / Home Town:
  • Udupi
  • Father:
  • Marvi Srinivasa Uppoor

Naranappa Uppoor Biography

Naranappa Uppoor was a singer of Yakshagana, a traditional art form of Karnataka, who lived in the 20th century. He lived during the period, 1918–1984. Yakshagana background singer is traditionally called Yakshagana bhagavath. He authored Yakshagana Adhyayana, a book dedicated to ancient heritage of Yakshagana, which is a learner’s guide to performers as well. He has trained several students in yakshagana background singing of whom Kalinga Navada was a renowned artist. K.P. Hegade, Narayana Shabaraya, G. Sadananda Aithala, K.G. Rama Rao, S. Suresh Shetty, Halady Raghavendra Mayya etc are a few more. He closely worked with renowned artist Dr. Shivarama Karanth for several research works n Yakshagana.


Naranappa Uppoor was born in the year 1918 into a family of renowned artists associated with Yakshagana. Marvi village in Udupi district was his native place. His father Marvi Srinivasa Uppoor was a Yakshagana artist and singer who trained Naranappa too. Naranappa took lessons from many other members of his family circle also. His father had an experience of more than 4 decades in the field and followed "Marvi Style" of singing. His brother Vasudeva uppoor was a maddale player of this traditional art.


Naranappa Uppoor made his maiden appearance in 1937, and he went on to become of the renowned singers of this field. He spent 4 decades in the field of Yakshagana, singing as a background artist. He was associated with several Yakshagana troupes like Sri Amrutheshwari Yakshagana Mandali, Kota, and other melas located at places such as Idugunji, Kollur, Saligrama, Soukur, Maranakatte etc. His association with Dr. Shivarama Karanth is well-known. He started a school for Yakshanagana named Yakshagana Kalakendra at Hangarakatte in 1972 and hundreds of students have learnt Yakshagana from this training centre so far.

Published: March 01, 2019

Updated: March 01, 2019


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