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Old 7th January 2009, 14:36   #16
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How Riju, the performers are moving and dancing all the time. There is no scope for low speed photography to bring tripod into the equation.
Aah ok !! However I somehow think Bhasmaasura resembles our very own Amit( iceman91) .

PS : No offense pal was only kidding.
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Old 7th January 2009, 15:15   #17
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Excellent thread! Brought back a lot of memories! Also, coincidently, the annual 'Bhootada Kola' and 'Aaata' (Yakshagana) are presently on at my ancesteral home!!
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Excellent thread! Brought back a lot of memories! Also, coincidently, the annual 'Bhootada Kola' and 'Aaata' (Yakshagana) are presently on at my ancesteral home!!
Bootada Kola, I did that last year: http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/travel...pictorial.html (Bhoota Kola: A pictorial)
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Thanks Samurai, Checked it out, rekindled some lost memories!
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As car'zy mentioned you are bringing back some good old memories thanks...
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Fantastic! Just curious.. which mela was this ?
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Brilliant samurai. Great pics. The way you narrated the story was gr8 and never seen before for yakshagana. This is one art form which i really loved to watch in school.
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Fantastic! Just curious.. which mela was this ?
Amritheswari Mela, at Sahebara Katte.
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Enjoyed reading this, I could imagine the dances and the story unfold with just the pics and narration. For people who are interested in watching this art form do check out You Tube, quite a few videos are present.
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Great pics and narration. It was a flashback to me as we were watching the Yakshaganas during my childhood days.
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pictures and narration was good.is this yakshagana limited to kasaragode to udupi(DK) only?what language is spoken ?
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Fantastic photos Sharath. I had the opportunitiy to watch Yakshagana in Indore many years back. Wish I could watch the performance again.
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Yakshgana is also popular in Uttara Kannada & Shimoga. i think the costume vary esp the head gear.... i like the costume which is used in Dakshina kannada...

both Kannada & Tulu is used...


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Guys, Yesterday, I had the pleasure of watching Yakshagana here in namma Bengalooru !

The occasion was a friendly meet of members of Uttara Kannada Sangha. There were many other programs like opening speaches, song and dance, Hindustani music etc. In the end there was special attraction, Yakshagana.

Points to be noted here are

This was a short play of just 2 hours. It was performed by Subhodha Yakshagana Mandali from a village called Bhasagod in Ankola dist. Artists are young school children of 7th - 10th std.

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The photos clicked by an ameture (myself), hence does not match up to the quality of Samurai san.

Story of the play was Sudhanvarjuna Kalaga / Arjuna Garvabhanga. Here Arjuna goes to war with Sudhava without Shri Krishna thinking he can easily defeat Sudhanva and hence does not need the services of Shri Krishna. But Sudhanva surprises him and, in the end, Arjuna had to pray and Shri Krishna saves the day for Arjuna !

Sudhanva, while preparing to go to war meets his wife Prabhavati who convinces him to make love before going to war. He obliges.
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(It is said that he is late for the war and was punished by his father by being thrown into boiling oil. Sudhanva prays to Shri Krishna and escapes. This was not shown in the play, but was narrated to me by one old gentleman enjoying the play next to me)

"Love god" Manmatha enters to fight with Sudhanva.
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Here a funny scene. Sudhanva chides Manmatha "What the hell are you doing in the battlefield. Get lost from here and go find some young couple (pointing towards a guy and girl among the audience) and fire your arrows on them. It may have some effect on them"

Love god Manmatha in action
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Subsequently, Sudhanva fights and defeats warriors of Arjuna like Vrashadhvaja, Kritavarma, Satyaki, Niladwaja etc.

Continued...
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Then, Arjuna makes a grand appearance...
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Sudhanva rebukes Arjuna
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...and manages to have an upper hand against Arjuna
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Having been humiliated, Arjuna prays for Shri Krishna
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Krishna instantly appears on the battlescene
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Arjuna riding the Chariot driven by Shri Krishna
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In the end, after a fierce fight filled with Krishna's usual miracles, Sudhanva is defeated by Arjuna.

Interestingly, it is said that Sudhanva was beheded but his headless body continues to fight. Krishna takes the head and throws it up. Shiva catches it and adds to his collection on Mundamala.

Also in the same chapter of Mahabharata called Jaminiyaswamedha, another warrior Suratha fights Arjuna and he too was beheded after a fierce fight. Krishna asks Garuda to deposit the head in Ganga. Before the head falls in Ganga, Nandikeshwara captures it and adds to Siva's collection of Mundamala. (Note: These are not shown in the
play, but told to me by that enthusiastic old gentleman enjoying the play standing next to me)

The play ends with customary mangalam jaya mangalam...
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"Son of the soil" of North Canara, Kannada film star Ramakrishna was the chief guest and he presents the artists.
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Humble show of respect from one artist to another
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BTW I am not a member of Uttara Kannada Sangha, but my wifey is an active member and was behind the stages all the time, I was just a guest member
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