Dances of Karnataka
Folk theatre is one of the most vibrant forms of entertainment in India. Yakshagana is a style specific to Karnataka.
Yakshagana literally means the music of celestial beings. It is also the name
for a theatrical form of Karnataka and in this context signifies a particular
style of music never really gained national prominence and remained as an
accompaniment to the magnificent dance drama traditional of Karnataka and so
Yakshgana today invokes images of only its theatrical version. In earlier times
the dance drama that was written with the yakshagana style of music was called
Bayalata, Bhagvatara ata. of Dashavatara ata. Over 160 ragas or melodies seemed
to have existed, though today only about 30 are repeated most often.
This is a popular dance form of Karnataka wherein the deity being venerated is carried on a wooden structure placed over the head.
The dance is performed by men. They play on drums which are decorated with coloured cloth slung around their necks. The movements reflect their joy and happiness as they dance beating on the drums.
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