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Yakshagaana is a popular dance-drama in the State of Karnataka. This classical dance-drama is also prevalent in Kasaragod, the northernmost district of Kerala.
Yakshagaana performers wear huge headgears, elaborate facial make-up, colourful costumes and ornaments which together give a superhuman appearance to the character presented. The themes of the plays are taken from the epics, Ramayana and Mahabharatha.
Usually the art form is presented in Kannada, though it is also performed in Malayalam as well as Tulu (the dialect of south Karnataka).The accompanying orchestra includes percussion instruments like chenda, maddalam, jagatta or chengila (cymbals) and chakratala or elathalam (small cymbals).