Traditional Art -‘Talamaddale’


  • Recently the traditional art of ‘talamaddale’, a variant of Yakshagana theatre, has gone virtual in times of Covid-19.

About Talamaddale

  • The word Talamaddale is derived from the word ‘tala’ (Cymbal) and Maddale (the drum).
  • Tala-Maddale is an ancient form of dance practiced in Southern India in the coastal Malnad regions of Karnataka and Kerala. 
  • It is a variation of the Yakshagana Theatre.
  • Unlike the Yakshagana performance,in the conventional ‘talamaddale,’ the artists sit across in a place without any costumes and engage in testing their oratory skillsbased on the episode chosen.
  • While music is common for both Yakshagana performance and ‘talamaddale’, the latter has only spoken word without any dance or costumes
  • Hence Talamaddale is an art form minus dance, costumes, and stage conventions.

About Yakshagana

  • It is a traditional theatre form of Karnatakaand Kerala.
  • Yakshagana is a temple art form that depicts mythological stories and Puranas.
  • This temple art is performed with massive headgears, elaborate facial make-up, and vibrant costumes and ornaments.
  • Usually recited in Kannada, it is also performed in Malayalam as well as Tulu (the dialect of south Karnataka.
  • Yakshagana is performed with percussion instruments like chenda, maddalam, jagatta or chengila (cymbals) and chakratala or elathalam (small cymbals).

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