Folk art of karnataka - Yakshagana

Karnataka is rich in it heritage and folk arts, Yakshagana is one the folk art which is faoums in costal karnataka.

Yakshagana is one of the traditional folk art in Karnataka. Yakshagana was formed to convey the message of devotion, and this was adopted from the existing people and the classical literary forms. Yakshagana is a traditional form of theater art that combines dance, music, face and body expression , different types of classical costume and makeup, and stage techniques with a distinctive style and form.

Picture of Yahshagana artist

It is one of the common folk art in the coastal districts of Karnataka and malenadu. I has been estimated by historians that the period of the birth of Yakshagana was during 11th to 16th century. Yakshagana must have been established in the time of famous Yakshagana poet Parthisubba (1600 AD) who also wrote the Ramayana in Yakshagana.

Currently there are about 30 full professional companies, and about 200 amateur artists in Yakshagana. Professional groups to tour, from November to May, giving more than 200 shows, each show runs one whole night.

There are about one thousand professional artists and many more fans. There are also shows during the wet season. Together we can say that nearly 12,000 shows of Yakshagana performances can be witnessed in Karnataka each year.


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