Yakshagana Dance-Drama: A Vibrant Retelling of the Sita Apaharan

  • Yakshagana Dance-Drama

  • Sibley Auditorium, Bechtel Engineering Center

  • Wednesday, November 30, 2016
  • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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Yakshagana (which literally means “Celestial Singing”) is a unique 800 year old theater art form from Karnataka, India. It uses a unique technique of storytelling (from epics) in which music, dancing, acting, dialogues and costumes all play an equal role. Costumes are vibrant and elaborate. Yakshagana originated as a folk theatre and has developed into a main stream theatre form in south India. A sample clip of the art can be seen here.

Join us for a vibrant retelling of the Sita Apaharan (Abduction of Sita) episode from the Ramayana performed in this mesmerizing dance-drama art form from South India.

The performance will be led by two professional Yakshagana artists Anantha Padmanabha Phatak and Kidiyuru Ganesh along with local Yakshagana artists from the Bay Area.

Event made possible with the support of the Sarah Kailath Chair of India Studies

Event is FREE and open to the public.