Sunday, February 24, 2013

Yakshagana - Indian Classical dance drama

Yakshagana (Yaksha-gaana) is a classical dance drama from state of Karnataka, India.
It is most popular in the districts of Uttara Kannada, shimoga, Udupi, Dakshina Kannada and Kasaragod.

King Balarama, Lord Krishna's older brother


Lord Krishna and Jambavantha (the King of Bears)

This theater art involves music, songs, dance, dialogue, story and unique costumes. Its the combination of classical and folk element which makes Yakshagana unique from other Indian art.

Krishna introducing himself to Jambavantha as the one who lifted Mt Govardhana on his tiny finger

From western perspective, Yakshagana is a form of Opera !

Balarama in serious conversation with Krishna




There are many professional groups performing the Yakshagana today. Some of them are finding new grounds outside of India.

Lord Krishna in his avatara of Sri Rama

Watching a live Yakshagana is unparalleled to watching this on television. I had my very first opportunity to watch this live art form in Seattle during last year's Deepawali celebrations. 

A scene from the intense drama and dialogue between Krishna and Jambavatha

Jambavantha bows to Krishna who reveals himself as Sri Rama
The story - "Jambavathi Kalyana" by artists of 'Yaksharanga' of Bay Area.
Everything from the costume, makeup, the powerful dialogues, the dance steps ... kept the audience captivated. 

The "Jambavathi Kalyana" artists from Yaksharanga

Kudos to the 'Yaksharanga' artists for their mesmerizing performance. 

Photographs by Anupama Puneeth
Information Courtesy: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yakshagana

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Northwest Railway Museum, Snoqualmie

The Northwest Railway Museum is situated in the Snoqualmie, Washington.




 This railroad museum was founded in 1957 as the Puget Sound Railway Historical Association and took its current name in 1999. 





The mission of the organization is to develop and operate an outstanding railway museum where the public can see and understand the role of railroads in the development of the Pacific Northwest.









For a photography enthusiast this place has some good photo-op.





The museum also operates a heritage railroad call Snoqualmie Valley Road. This 5-mile  railroad allows museum visitors to experience a train excursion aboard antique railroad coaches through the Upper Snoqualmie Valley.


The museum has a number of events through the year. One of the exciting ones for children is the "Day out with Thomas" - a 25 minute ride with Thomas, the tank engine. Also the 'Santa Train' which runs in Nov-Dec each year.
Do check out details for 2013 events here


All Photographs by Anupama Puneeth.

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