Monday, December 27, 2010

Yakshagana behind the scenes

The entire coastal belt of South India is so rich in their different traditions and customs. Especially South Kanara is very colorful when it comes to their folklore and their ancient art forms. Yakshagana for example a rich folk dance is an unique art form depicting various events from epics like the Mahabharata and the Ramayana.

I got to see two beautiful Yakshagana performances and I am really thankful to my mother-in-law for making this experience possible for us. One was a performance for children with little children performing. This show took place in the early evening hours unlike the usual performances which take place late in the night until the  wee hours of the morning.

Little bunny had the chance to sit down with child artists and see how they had their makeup was done. Once they knew she was really interested they even answered her questions about how one could learn this ancient art form integrated as part of their standard education system.

Bunny kept telling me that she would like to learn this art form along with going to ballet classes. Now that is going to be a tough request to accomodate I guess especially back in Germany. I am posting some pics here from behind the scenes.

1 comment:

  1. Its great that the kids are being exposed to culture in whatever little way :) I remember watching some of these performances as a little kid - its such a wonderful art form!