Yakshagana Kendra

The Yakshagana Kendra was started in 1971 under the Guru Scheme of the Department of Culture, Government of India as a resource training centre .This was the brain child of Dr K Shivaram Karanth, an exponent of this ancient art and recipient of Jnanapith award and Prof. K.S Haridas Bhat. Presently Prof. H. Krishna Bhat is the Director.


  • To preserve this ancient Indian folk theatre art in its orginal and authentic form.
  • To train students in the multiple facets of Yakshagana in a Gurukul system of teaching, learning and mentoring.
  • To reinvigorate and innovate without compromising on the traditional style.
  • To popularize Yakshagana nationally and internationally by performing in festivals and other cultural events.
  • Research , documentation and publication of books on the intricate and variuos styles of Yakshagana as a testimony and reference for generations to come.

The Vision

Yakshagana is a fascinating combination of art, style, tradition, education and entertainment that appeals to all. Any effort to keep this theatre form vibrant and alive is worth it, as its contribution to the world is immense and unique.

The Future

  • To be the premier centre for Art and Culture for all traditional art forms of karnataka and a deemed university in the near future.
  • To be chosen hub for theatre artistes, dances, musicians, art scholors and historians from all over the world.
  • To offer various programs for students from all over India and abroad.
  • To increase the faculty base.
  • To increase the number of residential students to 100 in the next year.
  • To popularize and promote Yakshagana across the globe.
  • To preserve this theatre form and keep it vibrant and alive.

This is possible only if the work and endeavor of the Kendra is recognized, supported and sustained.

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Rahasya- Laya

A Workshop in Yakshagana

2 Experience a slice of divinity and ancient tradition through Yakshagana- the rustic folk theatre art form of Coastal Karnataka . Yakshagana is undoubtedly the most extravagant, vibrant, distinctive and bold
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Glimpses Of Yakshagana