Friday, March 26, 2010

Earth Hour...Turn off those lights!!!



This Saturday, the symbols of our civilization, iconic buildings and landmarks from India to Australia to America, will stand in darkness, to help bring to light one of the biggest challenges of our generation-- Climate Change.

The 'Earth Hour' that began as a show of solidarity against climate change has today become a global movement. It brings together a whole generation of humankind, from across the world and across all walks of life, in celebration and contemplation of the one thing we all have in common - our planet. It is a call to stand up, to take responsibility, to get involved and lead the way towards a sustainable future.

Join the 'Earth Hour' by switching off all lights this Saturday - 8.30 PM - 9.30 PM. Just for one hour.

To know more and to pledge your support, log on to www.earthhour.in

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.