Art starts as a folk form and develops into a classical form: Dr Raghava Nambiar


Manipal: Dr Raghava Nambiar addressed students of the Art Appreciation course at Manipal Institute of Technology (MIT) on Monday; the talk was held as part of the lecture series organized by the Centre for Creative and Cultural Studies (CCCS).

Dr Nambiar’s discourse introduced the art form of Yakshagana, its identity, evolution and its contemporary context to the students.

“Yakshagana is a total art form which takes us to the mythological world, incorporating every art form. It is unfortunate that Yakshagana is being diluted by taking liberty to bring in many unnecessary changes, but the very purpose of the Yakshagana is to create a parallel mythological world using Alienation technique and offer a different theatrical experience to the spectators,” Dr Raghava Nambiar added.

Every art form initially starts as a folk form and later develops into a classical form by practice and by incorporating intellectual and creative thinking. It also brings in the culture of parallel literature, the kind of creative liberty nowhere seen in Indian theatre, he said.

To give the audience an essence of this art, a documentary “Bannadha Mahalinga” based on the life and work of the prolific Yakshagana Artiste Mahalinga was screened.

The lecture concluded with an intense round of question and answer discussion in which various serious topics were touched upon on the present scenario of Yakshagana Art, the issues and debates in it.

Professor Varadesh Hiregange, Director of Centre for Gandhian and Peace Studies chaired the session and said that a course on ‘Introduction to Yakshagana’ would be introduced soon.

Dr Unni krishnan K of the Centre for Creative and Cultural Studies organized this special lecture as a part of the Art appreciation lecture series.

About Dr Raghava Nambiar

Dr K M Raghava Nambiar, 70, has worked at Udayavani as a sub editor for more than three decades and performed in many capacities of a journalist; he took keen interest in studying and promoting Yakshagana. He is a senior resource person and organizer of the traditional Yakshagana Theatre and has revived age old traditions in the performances of the Yakshagana theatre especially introducing oil lamp illumination. He introduced the oil lamp illumination in Bhootha performances too.

He was awarded the Rajyotsava Award in 2013 for his contribution to Yakshagana and also the Dr G Sham Pa Award of Karnataka Folklore and Yakshagana Academy in 2005. He has also authored several books on Yakshagana, the magnum opus being ‘Himmela’ in 2007 which was his doctoral thesis and was conferred with Mangalore University’s ‘Yakshamangala Kriti Award’ in 2014.

About Centre for Creative and Cultural Studies (CCCS)

CCCS conducts regular programmes: Art Appreciation Open elective Course for MIT, Art Appreciation Evening Certificates Credit Course, Workshops, Lecture Series, Annual Seminar/Symposium, Gallery/Museum Visits, Outreach Programs, Screenings and more.


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