Living Traditions

01 March 2018

17 TO 18 MARCH


Living Traditions is an ongoing series showcasing folk traditions from different regions of India. Yakshagana, a vibrant form of traditional theatre from coastal Karnataka, is in the spotlight this year. The origin of this ritual theatre, patronised by temples, can be traced to the period between the eleventh and fifteenth centuries. Traditionally performed in open air through the night by all-male troupes, Yakshagana performers wear elaborate headgear, facial make-up and colourful costumes. The themes of the plays are drawn from the epics. Over two days, two well-known troupes from Udupi will present the two main variants of Yakshagana.

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