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==Significance of Yakṣagāṇa==
 
==Significance of Yakṣagāṇa==
One of the best means of spreading religion, as spiritual evolution and ethical values, among the masses is through properly designed dramas with appropriate music and dance. Folk dramas with religious themes, taken mostly from the epics and the purāṇas, have been serving this purpose for centuries. The Kathakkalī of the Kerala State and the Yakṣagāna prevalent in the Karnataka State are two such arts worth mentioning.  
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One of the best means of spreading religion, as spiritual evolution and ethical values, among the masses is through properly designed dramas with appropriate [[music]] and [[dance]]. Folk dramas with religious themes, taken mostly from the epics and the [[purāṇas]], have been serving this purpose for centuries. The Kathakkalī of the Kerala State and the Yakṣagāna prevalent in the Karnataka State are two such [[arts]] worth mentioning.  
  
 
==Peculiarities of Yakṣagāna==  
 
==Peculiarities of Yakṣagāna==  
* Though based on the techniques given in the Nātyaśāstra of Bharata, the Yakṣagāṇa has attained a strong local color.
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* Though based on the techniques given in the Nātyaśāstra of [[BhArata|Bharata]], the Yakṣagāṇa has attained a strong local color.
* The artists not only dance vigorously but also sing and talk according to the roles they have to play.
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* The artists not only [[dance]] vigorously but also sing and [[talk]] according to the roles they have to play.
 
* There is enough scope to show their talents through impromptu speeches also.
 
* There is enough scope to show their talents through impromptu speeches also.
* The stories and themes are taken mostly from the epics and the purāṇas.
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* The stories and themes are taken mostly from the epics and the [[purāṇas]].
 
* A master narrates the story and also sings to the accompaniment of simple musical instruments in the background.
 
* A master narrates the story and also sings to the accompaniment of simple musical instruments in the background.
 
* Now-a-days use of the harmonium and the mṛdaṅga<ref>Mṛdaṅga means drum.</ref> has become quite common. Even the modern stage set up have evolved.  
 
* Now-a-days use of the harmonium and the mṛdaṅga<ref>Mṛdaṅga means drum.</ref> has become quite common. Even the modern stage set up have evolved.  
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==References==
 
==References==
 
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* The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore
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* The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram [[Krishna]] Math, Bangalore
  
 
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[[Category:Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism]]

Latest revision as of 10:21, 19 December 2016

By Swami Harshananda

Sometimes transliterated as: Yaksagana, YakSagAna, Yakshagaana


Significance of Yakṣagāṇa

One of the best means of spreading religion, as spiritual evolution and ethical values, among the masses is through properly designed dramas with appropriate music and dance. Folk dramas with religious themes, taken mostly from the epics and the purāṇas, have been serving this purpose for centuries. The Kathakkalī of the Kerala State and the Yakṣagāna prevalent in the Karnataka State are two such arts worth mentioning.

Peculiarities of Yakṣagāna

  • Though based on the techniques given in the Nātyaśāstra of Bharata, the Yakṣagāṇa has attained a strong local color.
  • The artists not only dance vigorously but also sing and talk according to the roles they have to play.
  • There is enough scope to show their talents through impromptu speeches also.
  • The stories and themes are taken mostly from the epics and the purāṇas.
  • A master narrates the story and also sings to the accompaniment of simple musical instruments in the background.
  • Now-a-days use of the harmonium and the mṛdaṅga[1] has become quite common. Even the modern stage set up have evolved.
  • Costumes and make-up of the artists are very similar to the ones used in the Kathakkalī.
  • Over the years three different traditions of Yakṣagana have evolved due to local variations.


References

  1. Mṛdaṅga means drum.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore