Besant Group of Institutions, Mangalore

Manel Srinivas Nayak Knowledge Series - A Talk on "Management concepts in Yakshagana".

May 5, 2018

The Knowledge series on “Management concepts in Yakshagana” was conducted on Saturday, 05-05-2018 at Nethravathi auditorium with the Prof. Varadesh Hiregange, Director of Gandhian and Peace studies, Manipal Academy of Higher Education and Demonstrator Guru Bannanje Sanjeeva Suvarna, Principal, Yakshagana Kendra, Udupi.

The Talk began with Prof. Varadesh introducing Yakshagana as an Art form, which presents the various facets of the past into present. He said a typical Yakshagana performance consists of background music played by a group of musicians (known as the Himmela) and a dance and dialog group (known as the Mummela), who together enact poetic epics on stage. The Himmela is made up of a lead singer Bhagawata—who also directs the production—and is referred to as the "first actor" Modalane Vesha. Additional Himmela members are players of traditional musical instruments, such as the Maddale (hand drum), the Pungi (pipe), the Harmonium (organ), and the Chande (loud drums). The music is based on ragas, which are characterized by rhythmic patterns called Mattu and Tala (or musical meter in Western music).

The program had a live demonstration by Guru Bannanje Sanjeeva Suvarna for each Rasas explained by Prof. Varadesh. He also explained how today's generation needs to look up to this art form and how Management has been streamling the way we see Yakshagana today. The program  concluded with Q&A session .