Religion no bar for Padmanur’s Yakshagana

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News:Recently,the Yakshagana committee hosted the 60th annual Yakshagana in the Padmanur village, Karnataka.It is a multi-faith committee consisting of Hindus, Christians and Muslims and it hosts Yakshagana every year.

Facts:

About Yakshagana:

  • Yakshagana literally means the song (gana) of the yaksha (nature spirits).It is believed to have originated somewhere in between the 10th and the 16th century.
  • It is a traditional theatre form that combines dance, music, dialogue, costumes, make-up, and stage techniques with a unique style and form.
  • It was mainly developed in Udupi,Karnataka.It is popular in the districts of Dakshina Kannada, Kasaragod, Udupi, Uttara Kannada and Shimoga in Karnataka .
  • Yakshagana is traditionally presented from dusk to dawn.Its stories are drawn from Ramayana, Mahabharata, Bhagavata and other Hindu epics. 
  • The Yakshagana performance consists of background music played by a group of musicians (known as the himmela) and a dance and dialog group (known as the mummela) who together enact poetic epics on stage.