A coastal treat ahead of Dasara

A coastal treat ahead of Dasara

For those who are in love with traditional coastal art form, Yakshagana, the next one month holds a special and rich treat. As a prelude to Dasara celebrations, the Yakshagana Bayalata Pradarshana which began on Aug 18 would add zing to the Naada Habba programme in city.

The Karavali Yakshagana Kendra, Mysore has brought about five Yakshagana troupe of Thenku and Badagu forms from Dakshina Kannada and Uttara Kannada districts to stage more than 20 shows at different venues. The programme is spread over one full month. It is perhaps for the first time such wide array of shows are organised for two-long months.

The Yakshagana Mandalis or troupes like Sri Mahalingeshwara Pravasi Yakshagana Mandali, Puttur, Ananthapadmanabha Yakshagana Mandali, Perduru(Udupi), Sri Mahaganapathi Yakshagana Mandali, Dharmasthala, Poornachandra Yakshakala Prathisthana, Kundapura, Yakshamanjusha Mangalooru are part of the Yakshagana Bayalata pradarshana and will perform their best mythological ballets holding up social and cultural values and laced with humour.

Dhananjay, secretary of the Karavali Yakshagana Kendra tells City Herald that programme was possible in such a big scale owing to generous donations from sponsors.
Also, the combination the festival also offers two forms of Yakshagana, the Thenku and Badagu for the first time. The performance “Raja Rudrakopa matthu Abhimanyu”, a theme based on Shivapurana was a big hit among the Yakshagana lovers on Thursday. The four-hour long show was performed by the entire team of Ananthapadmanabha Yakshagana Mandali. The other shows to be staged are Srinivasa Kalyana, Kalingamardana, Shambhurasura Vadhe, Kusha-Lava, Mahisha Mardini, Sri Krishna Leele-Kamsa Vadhe, Jambavathi Kalyana, Ravana Vadhe, Raja Drupada Garvabhanga, Sridevi Mahatme, Seetha Kalyana, Bhargava and others.

The last day of the show is scheduled on Nov 15 when the Yaksha Manjusha troupe of Vidya Kolyuru will be performing a Choodamani at Veene Sheshanna Bhavana in Kuvempunagar.

According to Dhananjay, the Karavali Yakshagana Kendra has approached the Yakshagana Academy in State to allot a space Yakshagana in the dasara cultural programme in October. “We will also approach the district administration and seek their support to showcase the best of Yakshagana ballet in the coming Dasara at any of the cultural programme venues. Yakshagana has not got a space till now in Mysore dasara,” says Dhananjaya.

Besides performing many shows in city, the troupes are also travelling the neighbouring B R Hills, Srirangapatna, Nanjangud and other places.

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