Yakshagana Scripts Digitized
YAKSHAGANA SCRIPTS DIGITIZED
What’s in news?
More than 900 Yakshagana scripts have now been digitized and made available online for free.
- No. of Scripts: A total of 934 scripts has been digitized by about 100 professionals, including software engineers. The number of digitised scripts is expected to touch 1,000 by March-end.
- Printed scripts: Few digitized printed scripts were as follows;
- The Prahlada Charitre printed in 1905
- Ramashwamedha printed of 1907
- Putrakamesti published of 1913
- Kanakangi Kalyana of 1929
- Kumudhwati Kalyana of 1931
- Sampoorna Ramayana printed in 1938
- Background: The process of digitization was launched in August 2019 and the first set of scripts scanned went online in October, 2019.
- Available platforms: The PDF format scripts were made available through following platforms;
- Website: prasangaprathi sangraha.com
- Mob Application: Prasanga Prathi Sangraha – released on December 15, 2019
What is Yakshagana?
- Yakshagana is a traditional theatre form that combines dance, music, dialogue, costume, make-up, and stage techniques with a unique style and form. Its stories are mainly drawn from Ramayana, Mahabharata, Bhagavata and other Hindu epics.
- Region: This theater style is mainly found in the coastal districts and the Malenadu region of Karnataka, India. Yakshagana is traditionally presented from dusk to dawn.
- Origin: This folk art is believed to have originated somewhere in between the 10th and 16th century.
- Theme: This year, the art performed with the theme of Pandemic Corona Virus – but it was banned this year to perform due to the same.
- Yakshagana is a separate genre of music, independent of Karnataka Sangeetha and the Hindustani music of India.
- The music is based on ragas, which are characterized by rhythmic patterns called mattu and tala.
- A performance usually depicts a story from the “Kavya” (epic poems) and the “Puranas” (ancient Hindu texts).
- Yakshagana is strongly influenced by the Bhakti movement.
- Types: The two types of Yakshagana folk art are as follows;
- The tenkutittu style
- The Badagutittu style
- The Yakshagana committee hosted the 60th annual Yakshagana in the Padmanur village, Karnataka.
- The Karnataka government has banned Yakshagana shows across coastal Karnataka and Malnad districts to prevent community spread of COVID-19.
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