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- Yakshagana, a traditional theatre form of Karnataka that combines dance, music, dialogue, costume, make-up, and stage techniques with a unique style and form.
- Literal meaning
- Yakshagana literally means the people(gana) who are the yaksha (nature spirits).
- This folk art is believed to have originated somewhere in between the 10th and 16th century.
- Yakshagana is strongly influenced by the Vaishnava Bhakti movement.
- Drawn from
- It is based on mythological stories drawn from Ramayana, Mahabharata, Bhagavata, Puranas and other Hindu epics.
- Most popular episodes
- These are from the Mahabharata i.e. Draupadi swayamvar, Subhadra vivah, Abhimanyu vadh, Karna-Arjun yuddh and from Ramayana i.e. Rajyabhishek, Lav-kush Yuddh, Baali-Sugreeva yuddha and Panchavati.
- Salient Features
- Background music - played by a group of musicians - known as the himmela.
- Dance and dialog group - known as the mummela.
- The above two together enact poetic epics on stage.
- Yakshagana is traditionally presented from dusk to dawn.
The Tenkutittu style
- Prevalent in Dakshina Kannada
- Noted for its incredible dance steps, high flying dance moves, and extravagant rakshasas (demons)
The Badagutittu style
- Prevalent in Uttara Kannada District
- Places more emphasis on facial expressions, matugarike (dialogues), and dances appropriate for the character depicted in the episode.