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Vali the king of vanaras, banishes his brother Sugriva, misunderstanding him for plotting to get him killed by a rakashasa ‐ called Dundhubhi. Sugriva became a destitute. Sri Rama, who has lost his wife Sita meets Sugriva, and assures him to get Vali killed. The Episode examines in detail the ethics of war, the duty of the house holder and the human frailties.
Tala – Maddale (tALa -maddaLé):
Tala-Maddale is a unique variant derived from the ancient art of Yakshagana. Popular in coastal and Malnad areas of Karnataka, it relies solely on music and dialogue, which is impromptu, between players gifted with a profound understanding of the epics and puranas, a ready reckoning of current affairs and discourses and sparkling wit. A performance features the Bhagavatha (singer), drummers and actors.
Leading scholar and researcher in the field, Dr Prabhakhar Joshi, says Tala Maddale is ”Yakshagana minus dance, costume and stage conventions.” He also speculates that Tala (Cymbal) – Maddale (Drums) could have evolved prior to Yakshagana. It is believed that Tala-Maddale flourishes because, during the monsoon months, lovers of the art miss Yakshagana, which is essentially a performance outdoors. (https://yakshagana.com/
What is extraordinary about a Tala-Maddale is that the players meet at the venue on the date of performance, without rehearsals and often, without prior assignment of roles. They can establish conflict between characters from the epics, emerging from a single plot point, and elaborate on it in debates with philosophy, contemporary parallels and pure logic, all in a single performance that could last a couple of hours or the entire night.
The will be a Q & A after the performance in both English and Kannada.
In collaboration with Centre for Film and Drama in association with Heritage Trust as part of ‘Gudiya Sambhrama’ (Celebrating the Temple) festival 2019-20.
Ishwara Bhat S
Ishwara Bhat S, is well known and versatile yakshagana artist both as performer in Bayalata and a narrator in Tala‐Maddale. A post graduate in Kannada and Hindi. He served as the principal of Kendirya Vidyalaya. He is well known for his discourses on Indian Mythology. He is an educationist who trains youngsters in Tala‐Maddale.
M L Samaga
Prof ML Samaga, retired professor of English and Principal MGM college Udupi hails from the family of well known Yakshagana exponents. He is a writer and a critic, who has been performing as an artist for the last fifty years. He has performed Yakshagana in several countries and served as the President of Karnataka Yakshagana Academy. He is a recipient of many honours and awards.
K E Radhakrishna
Prof. K E Radhakrishna Retired Professor of English and the Principal of Sheshadripuram and Surana colleges, is a well known academician, writer, orator and artist. He is recipient of many awards for his contribution in the field of Literature and education. Few of his Literary works have won awards.