Wednesday, 1 August 2012

Yakshagana Performance - Department of Kannada


The Department of Kannada organized a Yakshagana Performance on 20th July 2012 at Main Auditorium at Christ University. The Students were trained in a fifteen days duration for Undergraduate/Postgraduate students. Sixteen Students were selected on the basis of dance  performance and voice test. The theme for the yakshagana was decided by the Director, Mr. Shankar Balkudru which was named as DAKSHA YAGNA taken from Indian Mythology (Shivapurana).

The Training Academy: YAKSHA SAMBHRAMA (Gana Vadana Nritya  Milana)

Sri Guru: Sri Shankara Balakudru
Maddale: Sri Narayana Hebbar 
Chande: Sri Jayaram Kanchan 
Vesha- Bhooshana (Costumes):  Sri Begar Shivakumar
Co-ordinator: Shivaprasad. Y.S

Character Introduction :
Sl. No
Name
Class
Character
1
Sandhya R
II BCom
Kubera
2
Sannidhi Surop
I  BA-PSEng
Vishnu
3
Pallavi Arun
II BCom
Agni
4
Ashwini K
III BA-EPS
Vaayu
5
Dony George
II BCom
Shiva
6
Gunashree M Naik
I BCom
Devendra
7
Kiran
II BA- HEP
Rushi
8
Rashmi B S
II B.Sc-CME
Naradha
9
Chandrashekar C
III B.Sc-CBZ
Veerabadhra
10
Amala Rani J
III BA- EPS
Niruthi
11
Jeshmi K B
III B.Sc-PCM
Yama
12
Nidhi S
I BCom
Dhakshayini
13
Shalini K B
III B.Sc-PCM
Charuhasini
14
Nandini S
III BCom
Varuna
15
Anantha Padmanabha
I MCom
Ithihasa Bhatta
16
Purnananda Bhaskar
Asst. Coordinator, SWO
Dhaksha
The Theme:
There was a king named Prajapati Dhaksha. Dhakshayini was the youngest daughter of Daksha. She was married to Lord Shiva. Once Prajapati Dhaksha went to a Jnana Sathra Yaga organized by all the Gods. All the Gods and Rishis stood up greeted with full respect once he entered except of Lord Shiva. He was annoyed with Lord Shiva’s gesture and wanted to insult Him very badly. He planned to make a big Yagna and invited all the Gods to take their part(Havis/Samit). He claimed that the whole world is invited to the Yagna but, he did not invite Lord Shiva.

Dhakshayini came to know about the Yagna that her father is organizing and she wanted to be a part of it and asked Shiva to accompany her. But Lord Shiva rejected to go, as he knew that Dhaksha purposefully did not invite them and told Dhakshayini not to go to the Yagna. But, the stubborn Dhakshayini insisted Shiva that she was his daughter and there was no necessity to invite her. She finally took the permission from Shiva and went to Yagna. No one in the Yagna spoke to her properly nor even did Dhaksha, showed love or affection towards her. Her sisters made fun of her and teased her. She was very much ashamed and then thought why her husband Lord Shiva told not to attend the Yagna. Dhaksha insulted her and Shiva infront of everyone.

However, on seeing the shameless insult to her husband in his absence, and the repeated slights King Dhaksha and his courtiers railed at Shiva, she immolated herself in the Yogagni in grief for her beloved husband. Shiva was stricken with grief when he heard the incident. He started the Rudhra Thandava(dancing in anger). From his anger Veerbhadhra was born and was ordered the Lord to destroy the Yajna and Dhaksha. The sacrifice was being held in the foothills of Himalayas, in a place Prachina Bahirgi. Veerabhadhra completely destroyed the sacrifice. His companions defeated all the Gods and the Sages, and flung their bodies into the water of the Ganga which flowed nearby. Veerabadhra sliced off Indra’s head and the arms of the fire-god Agni. Dhaksha’s head was also severed by Veerabhadhra.

All the Gods were thunderstruck at all this destruction and started to pray to Veerabhadhra and Shiva. Shiva was pacified and forgave the gods and the sages. Everything was restored to what it had been prior to Veerabhadhra beginning his process of destruction. The Yagna was completed and Lord Narayana comes out of the Yagna and proclaims that Lord Shiva and Narayana are one at the same. If Lord Shiva is insulted, it is equal to insulting Lord Narayana. Hence Dhaksha Prajapathi was taught the lesson.

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