Digitised Scripts of Yakshagana
- 24 Mar 2020
- 2 min read
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Recently, the voluntary community effort by the trust named Yakshavahini has made more than 900 Yakshagana scripts digitised and available online for free.
- Yakshagana is a traditional theatre form of Karnataka.
- It is a temple art form that depicts mythological stories and Puranas.
- It 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).
- It is performed with percussion instruments like chenda, maddalam, jagatta or chengila (cymbals) and chakratala or elathalam (small cymbals).
Government’s Initiative: National Mission for Manuscripts
- The National Mission for Manuscripts (NMM) was launched by the Ministry of Culture in 2003.
- The Mission has the mandate of identifying, documenting, conserving and making accessible the manuscript heritage of India.
- The ultimate objective of the Mission is to establish a Digital Manuscripts Repository at Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA) in which researchers and scholars can view and consult the manuscripts.
- IGNCA is an autonomous institution under the Union Ministry of Culture. It was established in 1987 as a centre for research, academic pursuit and dissemination in the field of the arts.
- Its motto is ‘conserving the past for the future’.
- National Mission for Manuscripts (NMM) is also developing an app to make around 3 lakh manuscripts accessible.