[“Yakshas’ Songs” and People’s Plays: Social and Cultural Aspects of the Yakshagana Tradition (Karnataka, South India)]
Type of publication: Research Article
Yakshagana, South India, anthropology, performance studies, communities, Tulunadu, religious culture of India, local practices, modernization
The article discusses social and cultural aspects of the theatrical tradition of Yakshagana in Karnataka (South India). The author analyses the origin of Yakshagana, its classification and stratification, offers a cultural interpretation of repertoire and action, describes the social characteristics of troupes, explores the connection between Yakshagana and the local religious culture, and enquires into Yakshagana’s social functions. She argues that Yakshagana appears to be an “intermediary” cultural phenomenon that connects the pan-Indian heritage with the local performing practices, and that has accumulated a variety of musical, literary, poetic, theatrical and expressive knowledge.
Ryzhakova, S. I. 2016. “Pesni yakshei” i igry liudei: sotsial’nye i kul’turnye osobennosti traditsii yakshagana (Karnataka, Yuzhnaia India) [“Yakshas’ Songs” and People’s Plays: Social and Cultural Aspects of the Yakshagana Tradition (Karnataka, South India)]. Etnograficheskoe obozrenie 6: 136-155
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