Monday, March 26, 2012


A scene from "Shri Krishna Sandhana"
Yakshagana is a traditional theatre form combining dance, music, spoken word, costume-makeup, and stage technique with a distinct style and form.
Yakshagana is a rich folk ballet, musical theatre with grand costume, good singing, and acting with excellent dialogues by the characters. The art originated from the coastal karnataka, for people to watch the stories from Ramayana or Mahabharatha, the epics of hindu religion. The venue is the paddy field with local lighting and enacted throughout the night. The characters of different categories, main characters, sthree vesha, haasyagaara, etc. The back up team called HIMMELA, consists of Bhagavatharu ( a good singer), mridangist, and chande (drum) and a shruthi.
Yakshagana is one of the most living art traditions in the World. There are about 30 full fledged professional troupes, and about 200 amateur troupes in Yakshagana. Professional troupes go on tour between November to May, giving about 180-200 shows i.e. a full night show everyday!
One such show we witnessed on Sunday, 25th March, was at Ravindra Kalakshetra, a prestigious performing arts auditorium in Bangalore. The troupe was from Keremane and the story was from Mahabharatha, Shri Krishna Sandhana. The lead role, Krishna was played by Shri Shivananda Heggade, a mature artist. The acting, dance and delivery of dialogues were very good. The show was for two and a half hours and was over by 9.00pm
 Mon, 26 March 2012

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