K. SHIVARAMA KARANTH
Foreword by H. Y. SHARDA PRASAD
1997, 252pp., line drawings,
col. illus., appen., index ISBN: 81-7017-357-4: Rs. 450(HB)
One of the theatre forms of Karnataka generally
described as folk but processing a strong classical connection, is the Yaksagana.
Although the name signifies the music of celestial beings, Yaksagana is an amalgam of the
sky with the earth. There is both mystery and robustness about this form in which
singing and drumming merge with dancing, and words with gestural interpretation, and
players clad in costumes of striking colour and contours.
The author was the foremost authority on
Yaksagana and had been working on all its aspects, namely dance, music, and literature,
since 1930. He has spent decades travelling to remote villages within Karnataka to
inspect and study every Yaksagana manuscript, the earliest going back to 1651A.D. With his
fine literary judgement and aesthetic sensibility, he has traced the changing trends in
the performance of Yaksagana. He has put together his findings in this work in
English. The present volume is a revised edition of his earlier book, with
additional material and illustrations.
|K. SHIVRAMA KARANTH (1902-1997)
was one of the most arresting personalities in the literary and theatre world of
India. his interests have been vast and varied; he was a novelist, playwright,
essayist, encyclopaedist, cultural anthropologist, art historian, lexicographer,
populariser of science, and environmentalist.
Besides honorary doctorates from several Indian universities and
fellowships from two national academies -- the Sahitya Akademi, he has received the
Jnanpith Award in 1978, Dadabhai Nauroji Award ad Tulsi Samman in 1990. He has over 150
publications to his credit. His works have been widely translated into several
Indian languages and filmed as well.