Jugalbandi in tandem with Yakshagana

Deccan Chronicle.  | Ruth Prarthana

Lifestyle, Books and Art

The Capella School of Art is holding a unique show on October 20 at this local cafe in Banashankari.

A still of a Yakshagana artiste from a previous show.

Yakshagana and Jugalbandi are two very different art forms. While Yakshagana boasts of origins in South Karanataka, Jugalbandi is performance in Indian, Hindustani and Carnatic classical music. Bring these two together and what you get is nothing but spectacular. Capella School of Art’s show — Yakshagana will bring both these forms together. The show is set to happen  on October 20 at Cafe Down The Alley in Banshankari. Mythili KS who is the founder of this school and also the director of the play shares what one can expect from the show.

Talking about the idea behind the show, Mythili says, “I’m always on the look  to do and showcase something unique. I also wanted to bust the myth hat people have about performing arts. They think it is only related to mythology like Ramayana and Mahabharata. But the fact is that performing arts can beyond that as well.”

 In this show, two Yakshagana artistes will be performing Jugalbandi together. When asked what will be happening on stage, “They will dance and narrate dialogues. We will choose particular music and dialogues and make it like a performance,” she says.

As audiences, what you can expect is to learn a little more about this ancient art form. You will get to see how Yakshagana can be presented in different styles as well. Talking about the music and dialogues that will be used she says, “All music that is chosen will be a part of Yakshagana and the dialogues are sure to connect with audiences. It can be part of a story as well.” The show is designed in a way such that it has music, dances, costumes, makeup, dialogues and conversations.

Trained under guru Sri K Krishnamurthy Thunga, Srinidhi Holla will be performing on stage alongside Suhas Karabha. Talking about his performance, he says, “Last month, I performed alone. But, this time Suhas will be joining me on stage. We will be performing for an hour to Yakshagana music. While I will be dancing for a few beats, Suhas too will be doing the same. We will be mainly focusing on Badagu Thittu.”

Giving us a little information on this ancient art form, “Yakshagana is split into - Badagu Thittu and Thenkuthittu. Apart from being from different places, their Himmela (backstage singer and drummers) and Mummela (artists) are different,” he concludes.

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