Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Yakshgana- the Song of the Demigods

The villages and towns in the coastal districts of Karnataka resound with the sound of drums every night during summer. It is Yakshagana season!
Yakshagana means the song of Yakshas. Yakshas were demigods according to Hindu mythology.Yakshagana is a folk theater of this region , where stories from the Indian epics are presented in a combination of dance, music, drama and poetry. The actors are dressed in special resplendent costumes with special headgears made of locally available material.
The lead singer called Bhagavata, renders poetry in  a powerful voice. the actors dance vigorously, and say their pieces, which are usually improvised.
This is my contribution to ABCWednesday, started by Mrs.Nesbitt and managed so well by her team.
The image is from Wikipedia.


  1. Thank you for this post about your traditions and the celebration of them. The world is so colourful and full of stories and legends. Thank you!
    Wil, ABCW team

  2. Love the color, and the narrative

  3. I can imagine all the fun! Very interesting traditions.