Vidya Kolyur

Born on 17 July 1976 in Kulai village of Dakshina Kannada district in Karnataka, Shrimati Vidya Kolyur received her initial training in Yakshagana from Shri Shankaranarayana T. at Panambur. She soon acquired mastery in the art under the tutelage of her father Dr Kolyur Ramachandra Rao.
Shrimati Vidya Kolyur's creative approach, forceful performance and innovative choreography in Yakshagana have won her widespread acclaim from artists, experts, critics, connoisseurs and luminaries in the field. As a versatile actor, she played many roles in Yakshagana including Dakshayini, Sita, Damayanti, Draupadi, Ambe, Shoorpanakha, etc. She is equally at ease while performing male roles like Shri Krishna, Sudhanva, Babruvahana and Arjuna. Shrimati Kolyur has presented more than 350 shows in Hindi, and many more in Kannada all over India thus creating awareness about Yakshagana. She has represented Yakshagana in various prestigious arts festival in the country and abroad. She has also produced several CDs in Kannada and Hindi, such as Daakshayini, Choodamani, Narakasura, Panchavati, Bhasmasura Mohini and Maa Mahisha Mardhini. She has performed for All India Radio, Doordarshan and TTD Channel, and has to her credit a large number of recordings of Yakshagana.
For her contribution in the field of Yakshagana, Shrimati Kolyur has received several honours including the Saurabha Yuva Puraskara (2006); the Yuva Prabha Puraskar (2008) conferred by Padaveedhara Yakshagana Mandali, Mumbai; first place in State-level competition for mono-acting based on Harishchandra Kavya in 2001; and the Best Actress award in Mahila
Yakshagana Competition conducted by Yaksha Bharati Punaruru. Shrimati Vidya Kolyur receives the Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar for the year 2011 for her notable talent in the field of Yakshagana.