Beauty Of Tulunad: Muslim Female Artist Steps Into The World Of Yakshagana

Beauty Of Tulunad: Muslim Female Artist Steps Into The World Of Yakshagana

February 26: The First woman from Muslim community has ventured into the popular traditional theatre art form Yakshagana which had created a curious spectacle on the stage.

The female artiste Arshiya is from Vittal in Dakshina Kannada district and is currently working in an automobile showroom at Padil.
Arshiya said she was attracted to the art form from a very young age.and has attracted the attention of ‘Yakshagana’ lovers in the state.
she said that she always loved the roles of Asuras (villain roles), especially the Pravesha. Arshiya has performed roles of Nishambhasura, Raktha Beejasura and Mahishasura in Shri Devi Mahatme Prasanga.  She is now known in her stage name ‘Tanu Vitla.’ he was attracted to all the elements of the art form, which combines music, percussion, dance, dialogues, stage techniques, make-up and costume.
Arshiya is now getting advanced training in her skills at the Kadali Kala Kendra under Ramesh Bhat. she is also interested to learn the ‘Chende’ (percussion instrument), which is an important element in Yakshagana performances. Arshiya revealed that there was a bit of resistance from her community about her passion for the art form, but she had the staunch backing of her family.

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