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A unique spectacle

Kathakali, an incomparable classical art form from God’s own country, andYakshagana, a lofty traditional art form emanating from the soil of Karnataka, must have had intimate kinship since the days of Parthi Subha. How about an opportunity to watch these two art forms on the same stage in the same light interpreting the same motif almost 450 hundred years later?

Kathakkali and Yakshagana, A rare juxtaposition of two great sister art forms in the light shed by the flickering flames of burning torches. The Kathakali exponent of international repute, Padmashree Kalamandalam Gopi Asan leads his well-acclaimed troupe to present an incredible feast of Kathakali performance on ‘Dussasana Vadham. This is followed by a bewitching spectacle of the southern style of Yakshagana on the same theme by theatre Yaksha, Udupi in association with the finest select senior Thenkuthittu artistes.

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Kathakkali

Kathakali (Malayalam: കഥകളി, kathakaḷi) is a stylised classical Indian dance-drama noted for the attractive make-up of characters, elaborate costumes, detailed gestures and well-defined body movements presented in tune with the anchor playback music and complementary percussion. It originated in the country’s present day state of Kerala during the 17th century and has developed over the years with improved looks, refined gestures and added themes besides more ornate singing and precise drumming. The themes of the Kathakali are religious in nature. This is performed in a text which is generally Sanskritised Malayalam.

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Yakshagana

Yakṣagāna (ಯಕ್ಷಗಾನ) is a folk theater form that combines dance, music, dialogue, costume, make-up, and stage techniques with a unique style and form. This folk theater style is mainly found in the coastal districts and the Malenadu region of Karnataka, India. It is traditionally presented from dusk to dawn. Yakshagana literally means the song (gana) of the yaksha, (nature spirits). It is the scholastic name (used for the last 200 years) for art forms formerly known as kēḷike, āṭa, bayalāṭa, and daśāvatāra. It is believed to have evolved from pre-classical music and theater during the period of the Bhakti movement.

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Documentation Details

The seven-hour long grand dance-drama was documented on

Saturday, 12 December 2015

from 6pm to 1am

at the Open Ground of M.G.C. Educational Institutions.

Community Participation

Sanchi Foundation believes in community participation to take this project to next level. To begin with, we would like to translate the subtitles to all the plays in all possible languages. So if you are willing to help us in this project, please get in touch with us.

I had seen Kathakkali and Yakshagana on different occasions earlier. But this show, where both these wonderful art forms were juxtaposed was a unique experience. It was a wonderful aesthetic treat.

Gopalakrishna Pai

Writer, Critique

Program organisers

Yakshagana Kalaranga (R), Udupi Yakshadhwani Trust (R), Mangaluru, Vibhinna Mangaluru

Kathakkali Team

Roudra Bheema – Kalamandalam Gopi | Duryodhana – Kalamandalam Krishnakumar | Dushyasana – Kalamandalam Hari R. Nair | Dharmaputra – Kalamandalam Vipin | Shakuni – Kalamandalam Chinosh | Bheema – Kalamandalam Vishnu Monu | Panchali – Kottakkal Unnikrishnan | Krishna – Kalamandalam Hari Narayanan | Mumukshu – Kalamandalam Praveen | Krishna – Kalamandalam | Vishnumon Rugmini – Kalamandalam Praveen | Vocals – Pattiyoor Shankaran Kutti, Kalamandalam Rajeev | Chande – Kalamandalam Unnikrishnan, Kalamandalam Venu Mohan | Maddale – Kottakkal Ravi, Kalamandalam Prashant | Chutti – Satheeshan & Sudheesh | Dress – Maneesh, ramesh, vikash

Yakshagana Team

Bhagavatha – Kuriya Ganapathi Shastri, Balipa Shivashankara Bhagavatha | Chende- Maddale – Padyana Shankaranarayana Bhat, Krishna Prakasha Ulittaya, Murari Kadambalittaya | Chakratala, Screen and Assistance – Prithiviraj Kavattaru, Pavan Kervashe, Rajendra Krishna, Narayana | Kodangigalu – Pavan Kervashe, Rahul Kudla | Bala gopala – Hariraja Kateel, Sharath Kumar | Mukhya Sthrivesha – Shashikantha shetty, Karkala | Dharmaraya – M. L. Samaga | Bheemasena – K. Govinda Bhat | Arjuna – Shambhayya Bhat Kanjarpane | Nakula – Lakshmana kumar Marakada | Sahadeva – Shreekrishna Devakana | Dushshaasana – Ubaradka Umesha Shetty | Duryodhana-1 – Pavan Kervashe | Kauravas – Venkatesha Kallugundi, Shashidhara Kanyana, Lokesha Muchchuru, Hariraja Kateel, Sharath Kumar, Deevith Kumar, Rahul Kudla, Shivaraj, Puneeth Krishna, Ajay Subrahmanya | Ghora Dushshaasana – Sanjeeva Shirankallu | Raudra Bheema – Balakrishna Mijaru | Shreekrishna – Lakshmana kumar Marakada | Duryodhana -2 Shri Krishna Devakana | Karna – Venkatesha Kallugundi | Shakuni – Deevith kumar | Ishvara – Shivaraj | Hanuma Naika – Mavvaru Balakrishna Maniyani | Draupadi – Akshaya Kumar Marnar | Chandi roopi Droupadi – Ubaradka Umesha Shetty | Creative Coordination – Prithviraj Kavattar

Donors

A.Krishnamoorthy | Abharana Jewellers, Udupi | Abhiman Constructions, Mangalore | Aisiri | Anantha Krishna Hebbar | Anil U.K | Ashokavardhana G.N | Ashwin Upadhya | B.N.Shridhar, Mangalore | B.R Shenoy | Bailore Shri Mahishamardhini Yakshagana mandali | Bharath Shetty | Bhaskara Upadhyaya | Bhuvanendra Kidiyoor, Udupi | C.V.GopalaKrishna | Campco Ltd, Mangalore | Chandrahas | Chandrashekara Shetty T | Chikkappa Shetty | Deepak | Deputy Director, Tourism Dept, Mangalore | Devendra Kankanady | Devu Hanehalli | Dhanyalakshmi Rice Mill, Nittoor | Divana Govinda Bhat | Dr A.M.Narahari | Dr Girisha Bhat Ajakkala | Dr Rose Veera d’souza | Dr Shripathi K. P | Dr. Angri S.S.Bhat, Mangalore | Dr. B. Ramachandra Bhat | Dr. Chakrapani | Dr. J N Bhat | Dr. Krishna Bhat | Dr. Krishna Sharma | Dr. Narayana Bhat M | Dr. Shashikanth Koudur | Dr. Shivarama Shetty B | Dr. Srinivasa Kakkillaya | Dr. Tukarama Poojary, SVS College, Bantwal | Dr. Vishnu Sharma | Dr. Yashodha K.G. ,Shivamogga | Dr.Aravind, Mangalore | Dr.Arunkumar Rai, Indous Lab | Dr.B.Radheshyam | Dr.Bharatraj | Dr.Dineshchandra Hande | Dr.Donald Lobo | Dr.Ganesh H.K | Dr.Harishchandra B | Dr.Ishawara Keerty | Dr.K.H.Poojary | Dr.K.Mahabala Bhat | Dr.Krishna Kumar G | Dr.Mahalinga Bhat K | Dr.Maheshwari . U | Dr.Manohar Serrao | Dr.Meera, Mangalore | Dr.Muralidhara Shetty | Dr.N.K.Udayashankar | Dr.Nagaveni Manchi | Dr.Padmanabha Kamath | Dr.Padmanabha S | Dr.Prakashchandra Shishila | Dr.Ramachandra, Kavoor | Dr.Ramadeva Karanth | Dr.Ramaraj P.N | Dr.RamMohan Rao, Mangalore | Dr.Ranjith Rao | Dr.Rathnakar, Mantapa Clinic, Shivamogga | Dr.Rose Veera D’Souza | Dr.Santhosh Kamath | Dr.Sathish Kallimar, Bondel | Dr.Sathya Narayana Nooji | Dr.SathyaNarayana Mallipattana | Dr.Shailaja Bhat Shenoy | Dr.Shreekrishna U | Dr.T.K.Ravindran | Dr.Vasanth Shetty | Dr.Vasantha Shetty | Dr.Vasudeva Acharya | Dr.Yogisha, MCF, Mangalore | Durga Bhat | Ganapathi Bhat B | Ganaraja Bhat | Ganesh Somayaji | Giridhar Kamath | Girish Karanth | Gokulnath Prabhu | Gopal Bhat T, Kettikal | Gopalakrishna Pai B | Gopalakrishna Shastry Kuriya | Guruprasad | Gururaj Hegde | Hariappa Kotian, Malpe | Hotel Shantisagar | James Cunnigham | Jayaram | Jeevan Shetty | Jerry Vincent Dias, Udupi | Jyoti Mahadeva, Manipal | K.Lakshminarayana Reddy, Mangalore | K.N.Nagaraj Rao, Kasaravalli | K.Ramdas Rao | K.S.Shastri | K.Sadashiva, Sankolige | K.Shama Bhat | K.V.Jagadish Rao, Hosanagara | Kaje Keshava Bhat | Karla David & Coses  Pinto Memorial Charitable Trust | Karnataka Bank, Head Office, Mangalore | Kaushik, Konchady | Keshava Kumar B, Mangalore | Keshava Nandody | Kiran Kumar, Sarvodaya Agencies, Udupi | Kiran Shetty, Hebri | Kishore Krishna | Kodange Parameshwara Bhat | Krishna Bhat A | Krishna kishor Enankudlu | Krishna Mukdapu | Krishnaraj N | Kumara Subramanya | Lakshminarayana Bhat A | Lal Mohan | Laxmanraya Prabhu, Santhekatte | M.K.Prasad | M.L.Samaga | M.Ramadas Pai, Apoorva Jewellers, Moodbidri | M.Vinaya Bhat | Madhukara Bhagavatha | Mahabaleshwara | Mahalingeshwara Seva Samithi, Mysore | Mahesh Murthy, Surathkal | Mamatha . A | Mangala Prabhakara Mantapa | Mangalore Chemicals & Fertilizers Limited | Manippady Ramachandra Bhat | Manjunath | Manjunath Pattabhi | Manjunatha Udupa | Manohar S M | Manohara Karanth | Manohara Prasad, Udayavani | Mantapa Gopala Upadhya | Mudraje Parvathi | N. Shankaranarayana Bhat, Hosangadi | N.G.Mohan, Beta Agencies, Mangalore | N.R.Rakshith | Nagaraj Rao, Pangala | Nagaraja Upadhya, Manipal | Narasimha Bhat | Narayana Bhat, Mankanamoole | Nataraja Upadhya, Bangalore | Naveen | Nilesh, Mangalore | P S Aithal Panamboor | P.Janardhana Hande | P.Soorya Narayana Rao, Pattumudi | P.Vasudeva Karanth | Padmanabha Anchan | Panduranga Nayak | Panja Bhaskara Bhat | Poornesh P.R | Poornima | Prabhakara Joshi | PradeepKumar Kalkura | Prafulla chandra Rao, Udupi | Prakash Karanth | Prashanth Upadhyaya | Prathibha Kudthadka | Prof Anantha Padmanabha Rao | Raghu, Muliya | Rajagopala | Rajashekar | Rajeshwara Bhat | Rakesh | Ramachandra Bhat, Kaje | Ramakrishna Shastry , Padaru | Ravishankar | RK Friends, LIC, Mangalore | S.Giridhara rao, Chokkabettu | S.Rama Bhat | Saanidhya school, Mangalore | Santhosh Alankaragudde | Santhosh C.T | Satheesh Manjeshwara | Sathyashankara M.V, Bejai, Mangalore | Shamprasad | Sharabhendra B.M | Shashidhar Bejai | Shashidhara Marla, Suresh Electricals, Mangalore | Shobhana M | Shri Durga Constructions, Dandeli | Shridhar | Siraj Pati, Image Builders & Developers, Udupi | Sri Raksha | SriKrishna N | Srinivas Kuppila | State Bank of Mysore, Mangalore | Subhash Rao | Sudhir S Shetty, Udupi | Sumangala Rathnakar | Sundar Acharya | Suresh R. Shetty, Ayodhya, Kapu | Tekkunja Kumaraswamy | The Managing Director, D.K Milk Union , Mangalore | Thirumala Raja | Trilochana Shastri | U.Madhava Shenoy & Co. Udyavara | U.Shreedhar, Manipal | Ullas | Ullas Bhat | Upendra Nayak | V.G.Shetty, Ideal Medical suppliers, Udupi | V.K.Sharma, Muliya | Vasanth Kaje | Vasanth Rao, Malleshwaram, Bangalore | Venkappa Nayak M | Vijayananda | Vinay Kumar | Vishnu Murthy | Yakshadhwani Trust, Mangaluru | Yashashswi Fish meal & Oil co.

Organising Committee

Dr. P. Manohara Upadhya | Dr. Mahalinga Bhat K |  Aravinda Kudla | Ashokavardhana | Dr. J.N.Bhat | Dr. Muralidhara Shetty | Dr. Sathyanarayana Nooji | Dr. T.K Raveendran | Dr. Vidya | Ganaraja Bhat | Ganesh Rao | Keshava Nandodi | Maxim Rodrigues | Murali Kadekar | Narayana Balila | Prithviraj Kavathar | Rajeshwara Bhat | Sathya Ganapathi | Trilochana Shastry | Vishwanatha Panjimogaru

Special Thanks

Arun Electrical | Bhargava | Bottikere Purushottama Poonja | Chris Electronics | District Administration, D.K | Gasco, Bendorewell | Haridasa Lakshminarnappayya Kala Poshaka Vedike, Pavanje | Home Guards  Department | M G C Educational institutions. Bondel | Mangalore City Corporation | Pavan Kervashe | Police Department | Press/ Media Team | Sanjeeva Suvarna,bannanje | Shanti Kirana , Bajjodi | Srinivasa Deshpande |Tourism Department | VenkataKrishna M | Venu Mitra, Kasaragod | Vijayalaxmi T V | Volunteers, Yakshagana Kalaranga

Sanchi Foundation Team

Core Team – NAM Ismail, Omshivaprakash, Abhaya Simha | Camera – Vishnuprasad P., Lakshman Nayak, Somanatha, Madhusudhan | Assistance – Manjunatha | Lights – Kiran | Sound Recording – Jamie DSilva | LED Wall – Ramachandra and team | Documentation Editing & director – Abhaya Simha

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