Yakshagana, rich folk dance drama is an unsurpassed way of exhibiting the themes
taken from the Epics, especially Mahabharata.
It has been the vehicle of Arts, Culture and Didactic instruction in the rural areas.
Yakshagana means a particular style of music,
with characteristics of its own,
distinct from the other two systems of Indian music, Hindustani and Karnataki.
The stage is called Rangasthala.
The play begins with a prologue called Sabhalakshana.
Two types of drums used are Chende & Maddala .
The make – up is put on in the Green Room or Chauki.
Chauki is a temporary enclosure made of Palm Fringed Mat.
One corner of the Chauki, is set apart for the installation of their deity Lord Ganesha.
Kavacha that decorates chest,
Buja Keerthi (armlets) that decorate shoulders,
belts (Dabu) all made up of light wood and covered with golden foil.
Mirror works on these ornaments helps to reflect light during show and
adds more color to costumes.
These ornaments are worn on a vest and covers upper half of the body.
Lower half is covered with Kachche that comes in a unique combination of
red, yellow and orange checks.
Text Source : UDUPI
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