Raviprasad Kamila

Raviprasad Kamila
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The Theatre Form, Yakshagana, Involves All-Night Plays As Offerings To A Deity

For six straight months every year, a tiny village comes alive with all-night Yakshagana. A five-kilometer, narrow, gravelly stretch branching out from Honnavar-Bengaluru National Highway leads to the village of Gundabala in Uttara Kannada. One would miss the road but for a board at the Hadinabala junction that reads: Way to Gundabala, “Yaksha Kashi.” As dusk sets in, music envelopes the quiet village. A stage erected on a spacious ground in front of the Mukhyaprana Lakshmi Venkatesha temple, home to the village’s presiding deity, slowly comes alive. Situated on the banks of a rivulet and surrounded by areca palms...

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