Yakshagana, aka: Yaksha-gana, Yakṣagāna, Yakṣagaṇa; 4 Definition(s)


Yakshagana means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

The Sanskrit terms Yakṣagāna and Yakṣagaṇa can be transliterated into English as Yaksagana or Yakshagana, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Yakṣagaṇa (यक्षगण).—Chiefly four, Loheyas, Bharateyas, Kṛśāṅgeyas, and Viśāleyas after the four daughters of Suyaśā (s.v.).*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 69. 15-6.
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index
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The Purana (पुराण, purāṇas) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahapuranas total over 400,000 shlokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

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Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

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Yakṣagāna (यक्षगान).—In South Kanara the term ”Yakṣagāna“ refers both to a style of singing and to the local dance-drama in which this style is sung. The dictionary defines yakṣa as “the name of certain demi-gods attending on Kubera, god of wealth”. And gāna is defined as “singing, a song, praise”. By combining the dictionary definitions, the term yakṣagāna might mean the “songs of the demi-gods”.

Source: Google Books: Yakṣagāna, a Dance Drama of India

In South Canara, the Yakshagana is one of the two most wide-spread popular dramatic entertainments...The vernacular name of Yakshagana is ‘Bayal Attam’ i.e., open-air play, a name which corresponds to the Tamil ‘Terukoothu’ and the Telugu ‘Veethi Nataka’ both of which mean ‘street-play’

In the court of Indra, the Gandharvas used to sing and dance, and the Yakshas had to serve them as menials. Being tired of this, the Yakshas went to Sukracharya, the guru of the demons, and learnt this kind of music and drama, and hence came the name Yakshagana.

Source: Triveni: Journal (natyashastra)
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Natyashastra (नाट्यशास्त्र, nāṭyaśāstra) refers to both the ancient Indian tradition (śāstra) of performing arts, (nāṭya, e.g., theatrics, drama, dance, music), as well as the name of a Sanskrit work dealing with these subjects. It also teaches the rules for composing dramatic plays (nataka) and poetic works (kavya).

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General definition (in Hinduism)

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Yakṣagāna (यक्षगान) is a folk theater form that combines dance, music, dialogue, costume, make-up, and stage techniques with a unique style and form. Yakṣagāna literally means the song (gāna) of the yakṣa (nature spirits)

Source: WikiPedia: Hinduism

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