Sunday, March 07, 2010

Yakshagana

Yakshagana is a dance-drama form of coastal and Malnad region Karnataka. Usually scenes from great Hindu epics like Ramayana, Mahabharatha are recited and enacted in Yakshagana and could be closely compared to the Chinese opera. The characters paint their faces with bright hues and wear intricately adorned headgear. Their attire again is very vivid and colourful usually accompanied by weapons if the character is a king or if its a battle scene. More information about this traditional dance form could be found at: http://www.yakshaganapuppets.com/ or http://www.yaksharanga.org/ or http://www.yakshagana.com/

I happened to witness Yakshagana show at the Sri Varasiddi Vinayaka temple on Nagarbhavi road over the weekend. The speciality of this show was that all the characters were kids, 12-15 year-olds from Baalayakshavrunda, Samskaara Bharathi, Vijayanagar. They enacted the story of Mahabharatha. The best part was I had complete access to green room and I was the only photographer covering the event. The kids put up a wonderful show and it was very easy to photograph them. Below are the photographs of the same.

















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