Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Yakshagana on Oct 3rd 2010

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Yakshamitra Toronto Presents

Yakshagana: Lava-Kusha
ಯಕ್ಷಗಾನ ಲವ-ಕುಶ

3rd October 2010 at 3.30 PM

York Woods Library Theatre
1785 Finch Avenue W, North York

Hurry!! Reserve your tickets and be part of the performance!

$8, $15 for two, $5 for under age 12 , Free for under age 5

Contact for tickets:

Sharada Bhat (Richmond Hill) - Tel: (905) 737-9040
Vinayak Hegde (Newmarket) - Tel: (905) 235 -0150
Ragu Kattinakere (Toronto) -Tel: (647) 722-3740
Srikanth Hegde(Brampton) - Tel: (905) 216-3730
Email: yaxamitra@gmail.com to reserve.

Highlights of the programme: live music and traditional Yakshagana Oddolaga

ಪ್ರಾಚಾರ್ಯ ಎಮ್ ಎ ಹೆಗಡೆ, ಸಿದ್ದಾಪುರ, ಇವರಿ೦ದ ವಿರಚಿತ
ಕನ್ನಡ ಯಕ್ಷಗಾನ: ಲವ-ಕುಶ

Composed by Prof. M A Hegde, Siddapura
Yakshagana: Lava-Kusha
Niroopane (ನಿರೂಪಣೆ):
Dr Parameshwar Bhat

Himmela (ಹಿಮ್ಮೇಳ):
Baagavataru: Sri Kalbaga Vinayak Hegde
Maddale: Sri Sisri Udaya Bhaskara Shastri
Chande: Sri Kattinakere Raghavendra

Mummela (ಮುಮ್ಮೇಳ) :
Shatrugna: Sri Shashidhara Somayaji (Guest artist from USA)
Lava: Sri Kandika Naveena Hegde
Kusha: Sri Varanakere Srikanth Hegde
Doota: Sri Gunjgodu Madhusudhan Bhat
Maani: Sri Kaviraja Udupa
Seete: Srimati Sharada Bhat
Sri Rama: Sri Vaalagalli Srikrishna Shanbhaga
Valmiki: Sri Gunjgodu Madhusudhan Bhat

Video: Sri Vinayaka Habbu
Photo: Sri Ramachandra Upadhyaya

What is Yakshagana:

Yakshagana is a musical dance drama where a story composed in the form of poems is sung by a singer accompanied by musicians and enacted by dancers. The dancers enact and elaborate the story through dance and dialogues. Scenes are unveiled through different methods by a mixture of musical narration, acting, dance, dance-dialogue (ವಾಚಿಕಾಭಿನಯ) and extempore dialogue (actor created dialogue). All things are presented through traditional abstractions (ಸ೦ಜ್ಞೆ): war, weapons, magic and events. Yakshagana or literally song of celestials creates a completely unreal world through all these and glittering costumes. Yakshagana is not merely a drama it is an event where, sometimes, audience become part of performance. Characters may interact with the audience making whole theatre an extension of stage.


  1. Is Sri Gunjgodu Madhusudhan Bhat is playing two roles?

  2. yes, both Dhoota and Vaalmiki