Here is an example on how much ignorance and contempt 'elite' Kannada writers had for Yakshagana literature (Click on the image above). Above is a snapshot from the book "History of Kannada Literature" by one Narasimhacharya arguably a good scholar. This negligence and elitist attitude towards Yakshagana still continues in Sahitya Parishath.
Read the book here : History of Kannada Literature.
The author of this book appears to have not been able gather name of a single Yakshagana Prasanga or its poet's name. Yet, concluded that Yakshagana is not of any literary merit! I seriously doubt if they even had access to Yakshagana Prasangas. Because it is acted in villages, "to the immense joy of the masses" it is a "rude" and "rustic" thing! This is a judgment based on lack of information even can be called denigration. These writers have cornered Yakshagana literature in to a less than folk, waste of time artifact. It takes a huge amount of intellectual laziness to look down up on a style of writing that has the more number of poems than any other form in Kannada. It is from these kind of people that Yakshagana literature needs liberation.
I read a well known "history" of Kannada literature by none other than R S Mugali. This book got Kendra Sahitya Academy award. The book completely fails even to mention that there is Kannada literature category called Yakshagana. Interestingly he talks about Dasa Sahitya. His claims about dasa sahitya are also similar to above "lines". He compares kRuti's to those writings which were pure exercises in writing forgetting that kRuti's are meant to be sung not read. I am very disappointed that self serving group of people have continued to neglect Yakshagana literature.
R S Mugali book is a text book for Kannada under graduate students! They will grow up believing that there is a waste body of compositions called Yakshagana which are not even worth a mention in their history text. Then it becomes a duty of lecturers to teach students that people like R S Mugali probably did not consider Yakshagana worth the paper to print on. It is high time Universities revise their texts add information about Yakshagana right away, so students are rescued from this blissful celebration of ignorance.