The Bank Employees Arts Movement Ernakulam (BEAME) will be staging an Yakshaganam performance in the city on Friday. The programme, the 378th monthly performance of BEAME, is being organised in association with the Ernakulam Karayogam and will be staged at TDM Hall at 6.30 pm.The performance on Friday, based on ‘Duryodhana Vadham’ is being staged by the ‘Idagunji Mahaganapathi Yakshagana Mandali’, led by noted Yakshaganam artist Sivananda Hegde.
Idagunji Mahaganapathi Yakshagana Mandali is a Yakshagana troupe based in Honnavar, Uttara Kannada district of Karnataka. It was started by Keremane Shivarama Hegde, considered to be the Acharya of Yakshagana in 1934. He is an exponent of this art form and is the first Yakshagana artist to win the Rashtrapati Award for those who excel in various fields. The troupe has survived three generations, with his children Shambu Hegde, Mahabala Hegde and Gajanana Hegde and his grand son Shivananda Hegde also being exponents of Yakshagana.
Shivananda Hegde and his team have performed at various stages across the country in addition to foreign countries including the USA, England, France, Germany, Spain, the UAE, China and Nepal.
Yakshaganam is the traditional art form of Karnataka. The classical art form is widely in practise at some parts of Kasargod.
This theatre art has various performances of dance, music, literature come together during the one-night presentation. The story Duryodhana Vadham deals with the never-ending rivalry between the Pandavas and Kouravas. The about one-and-a-half hour performance is being staged with all colourful presentations.