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  • Here are entered general works and those that deal solely with the presentation of Yakṣagāna plays on the stage. Texts of Yakṣagāna plays and works about them from a literary point of view are entered under [Yakṣagāna plays.]

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    • Āṭa
    • Bayalāṭa
    • Bayalāṭada
    • Bhagavatara Ata
    • Dasavatar
    • Daśāvatāra
    • Dashavathara Ata
    • Doddata
    • Kēḷike
    • Mudalapaya
    • Paduvalapaya
    • Yaksha Gana
    • Yakshagana
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    • found: Wikipedia, Oct. 30, 2012:Yakshagana (Yakshagana is a theater form that combines, dance, music, dialogue, costume, make-up and stage techniques with a unique style and form. This theater style is mainly played in the coastal districts and Malenadu regions of Karnataka, India and traditionally played for whole night, till sunrise next morning. Yakshagana is the recent (200 years) scholastic name for what are known as kēḷike, āṭa, bayalāṭa, daśāvatāra. A performance usually depicts a story from Indian epic poems and the Puranas. It consists of a narrator (Bhagvatha) who either narrates the story by singing or sings prepared character dialogues, backed by musicians playing on traditional musical instruments as the actors dance to the music, with actions that portray the story as it is being narrated. All the components of Yakshagana, music, dance and dialog are improvised. Yakshagana is a recent scholastic name adopted for what were and are known as Kelike, Aata, Bayalaata, Dashavatara in Karnataka.) Bayalata (Kannada: Bayalāṭa or Bayalāṭada) is a form of Yakshagana found in southern Indian region of Karnataka featuring stories from Indian epic poetry and the Puranas rendered as dance and drama. Bayalāṭa literally means open theater drama and marks the end of harvest season. The most popular theme for bayalāṭa is the story of Kōṭi and Cennayya, which has deep-rooted significance for the people of Tulu Nadu.)
    • found:, Oct. 30, 2012:Introduction (Yakshagana is a traditional theatre form combining dance, music, spoken word, costume-makeup, and stage technique with a distinct style and form. It is a theatre form mainly prevalent in the coastal districts and adjacent areas, in Karnataka. It is closely connected with other forms prevailing in other parts of Karnataka, and its neighbouring states of Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Tamilnadu and Maharastra; defies neat classification into categories like folk, classical, rural. It can be included into each of these, or all of them together depending upon our line of approach. Being a theatre form, unlike a dance form, it is more plural and dynamic; Yakshagana can be rightly called a traditional form; The theatre form, so called today, was and even today, being popularly called Bayalata (open place play) or simply Ata (play). Yakshagana is a scholar's nomenclature may be a hundred years old as far as the theatre in application to performance is concerned, though it is at least six centuries old as a literary composition; literary genre)
    • found:, Oct. 30, 2012:home page ('Yakshagana' is a popular folk theatre form of Karnataka with a long history of nearly four hundred years. It is a unique harmony of musical tradition, eye-catching costumes, and authentic styles of dance, improvised gestures and acting with its extemporaneous dialogue appealing to a wide range of the community. In truth it is a vibrant, vigorous living form of theatre art. Yashagana is the generic name of a common form of dance-drama characterizing the rural theatre of four South Indian states Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamilnadu and Karnataka. The Veethinatakamu of Andhra Pradesh, Kathakali of Keralam Terukuttu of Tamilnadu and Yakshagana of Karnataka have the same spirit of the theatre presentation of epic episodes in scenes of song, dance and costume through more secular themes can also be sometimes witnessed. In Karnataka it assumes various titles and forms like Ata, Dashavathara Ata, Bayalata, Bayalunataka, Mela, Doddata, Sannata etc. In the Coastal districts of Karnataka -- Uttara Kannadam, Udupi and Dakshina Kannada -- two distinctive styles of Yakshagana are prevalent, the Badaguthittu or Northern style of the Uttara Kannada and Udupi Districts and the Tenkuthittu or Southern style of the new Dakshina Kannada District. The musical style, the costumes, the musical style, the costumes, the musical instruments, the dance patterns are markedly different in the two schools, but all the elements of the theatre are present in them.)
    • found: Ashton-Sikora, M.B. Yakṣagāna, a dance drama of India, 1977.
    • found: The Oxford companion to Indian theatre, 2004(Yakshagana ('Yaksha songs'): generic term referring mainly to a traditional form of Kannada theatre predominant in coastal Karnataka, variants of which are found in other parts of the state as well, under names such as Bayalata, Dasavatar, and Bhagavatara Ata. Yakshas form a class of demigods in Hindu mythology, but their connection to this genre remains unclear. Variants of Yakshagana spread over Karnataka fall into two broad categories: Mudalapaya, the eastern variety, and Paduvalapaya, the western. The former is also called Doddata in parts of north Karnataka. While sharing many conventions with western Yakshagana, Doddata/Mudalapaya differs in several aspects. Paduvalapaya itself has two distinct styles: Badagutittu, the northern, and Tenkutittu, the southern.)
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    • Here are entered general works and those that deal solely with the presentation of Yakṣagāna plays on the stage. Texts of Yakṣagāna plays and works about them from a literary point of view are entered under [Yakṣagāna plays.]
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