The Chindu Yakshaganam is an age-old art form popular in Telangana.
- The art form dates back to second century BC. It is similar to Yakshaganam, a traditional theatre form particular to Karnataka.
- It is a theatre art form that combines dance, music, dialogue, costume, make-up, and stage techniques with a unique style and form.
- The word ‘Chindu’ in Telugu means ‘jump’. As their presentation is interspersed with leaps and jumps, it gained the name of Chindu Yakshaganam.
- Chindu is also derived from the artistes’ caste Chindu Madiga, a sub-caste of Madiga among SCs.
- The Chindu Yakshaganam is also called Chindu Bhagavatam as most of the stories narrated are from ‘Bhagavatam’.
- Bhagavatam refers to the Bhagavata Purana which can be translated as 'the history of the devotees of Vishnu'.