Yakshagana is a traditional theater, developed in Dakshina Kannada, Udupi, Uttara Kannada, Shimoga and western parts of Chikmagalur districts, in the state of Karnataka and in Kasaragod district in Kerala that combines dance, music, dialogue, costume, make-up, and stage techniques with a unique style and form.
Which state dance is Yakshagana?
Yakshagana, dance-drama of South India, associated most strongly with the state of Karnataka. Elaborate and colourful costumes, makeup, and masks constitute some of the most-striking features of the art form.
Who is the God of Yakshagana?
The yakshagana performances start and end with the prayer to Lord Ganesha. Yakshagana Prasanga or the text of the yakshagana is narrated in sets of songs. These songs are set of different Ragas and Talas presented according to the “Kalas” (Periods of night).
Why is Yakshagana important?
In the early 20th century yakshagana was taught in the village schools in Karnataka. It served as a tool to memorise the mythological stories on which the plays are based. Yakshagana mostly deals with heroic sequences from the Puranas and the great epics, the Mahabharata and the Ramayana.