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Yakshaganam : *******www.neelaearth**** Yakshagana is a popular dance-drama of the State of Karnataka. The...
Yakshaganam : *******www.neelaearth**** Yakshagana is a popular dance-drama of the State of Karnataka. The classical dance-drama is also prevalent in Kasaragod, the northernmost district of Kerala.Performed as a temple art over the years, Yakshagana still forms an integral part of the cultural programmes presented during temple festivals in the Kasaragod region. Yakshagana performers wear huge headgears, elaborate facial make-up,colourful costumes and ornaments which together give a superhuman appearance to the character presented. The themes of the plays are taken from the epics, Ramayana and Mahabharatha. Usually the art form is presented in Kannada, though it is also performed in Malayalam as well as Tulu (the dialect of south Karnataka).The accompanying orchestra includes percussion instruments like chenda, maddalam,jagatta or chengila (cymbals) and chakratala or elathalam (small cymbals).
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