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Uploaded on Mar 14, 2011

Yakshagana recorded on Dec 27, 2009 in Kinnigoli, Karnataka.

Text in Kannada in the background: Durgaparameshwari Prasadita Dashavatara Yakshagana Mandali, Kateel

Yakshagana (Tulu: ಯಕ್ಷಗಾನ, Kannada: ಯಕ್ಷಗಾನ/ಕೇಳಿಕೆ/ಆಟ/ಬಯಲಾಟ/ದಶಾವತಾರ, yakṣagāna, [jʌkʃəɡanə]) is a musical dance drama popular in coastal and Malenadu regions of Karnataka, India [2]. Yakshagana is the recent (200 years) scholastic name for what are known in Kannada as Kelike, Dashavatara, Aata, Bayalaata. It is believed to have evolved from pre-classical music and theatre during Bhakti movement.[1] Yakshagana is popular in the districts of Uttara Kannada, Udupi, Dakshina Kannada,and Shimoga of Karnataka and Kasaragod district of Kerala. Yakshagana is gaining popularity in Bengaluru since a few years.[2] It has drawn comparisons to the Western tradition of opera. Actors wear costumes and enact various roles. Traditionally, Yakshagana would go on all night. It is sometimes simply called as Aataā in both Kannada and Tulu, meaning "play".[2] Yaksha-gana literally means the song (gana) of a Yaksha. Yakshas were an exotic tribe mentioned in the Sanskrit literature of ancient India.[3]


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