Girija Kalyana – Set in Talamaddale

Date: 24/08/2013
Time: 5:00 pm
Venue: IGNCA, Bengaluru

Tala-Maddale is an ancient form of art practiced in the coastal regions of Karnataka and northern Kerala. It is now very popular in Uttara Kannada, Dakshina Kannada, Udupi and Shimoga districts of Karnataka and Kasaragod district of Kerala.

A typical Tala-Maddale show consists of veteran artists sitting in a circular fashion along with a Bhagavata (the singer, with “Tala” or pair of small hand cymbals) and a “Maddale” (a type of drum) player. Artists assume the characters depicted in the story, typically, from Ramayana, Mahabharata, and other puranas. The show is a superb presentation of oratorial skills.