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Prominent puppetry artiste Belgal Veeranna dies in mishap near Challakere

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Challakere: Veteran theatre artiste and prominent puppeteer Veeranna Belagal Veeranna died in a mishap on Sunday when his car collided with a lorry near Challakere. He was 91.

Belagal Veeranna, a native of Ballari was on his way to Bengaluru with his son Hanumanth. Veeranna had sustained severe injuries and was rushed to hospital in Challakere but he breathed his last en route.

A former chairman of Karnataka Yakshagana Bayalata Academy, Veeranna has been felicitated with numerous awards. Prominent among them are Nadoja, Kannada Rajyotsava among others.
Veeranna is credited with popularizing the puppetry art even in foreign countries.

His son is being treated for severe injuries and his condition is said to be critical.

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