Keremane Shambhu Hegde is a household name throughout Coastal and Malnad Karnataka in the domain of Yakshagana. Born in 1938 as the eldest son of Shri Shivaram Hegde Keremane, he inherited from his illustrious father an intimate knowledge of the art form, and went on to stage more than 5,500 performances portraying over 60 themes and spanning about 160 roles, ranging from a ‘Court Jester’ to the most heroic and noblest of characters.



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