Yakshagana Talamaddale

Tāḷamaddaḷe is one of the two forms of Yakshagana. It is a popular art form in Kannada, though there have been attempts to perform in other languages like Hindi, English and Sanskrit. Since the art depends heavily upon extempore dialogues with variant emotions, the artists need to have commendable proficiency in the language along with good knowledge of the Itihāsa-s, Purāṇa-s and some śāstra-s.

CVV, in collaboration with Paryāya Śrī Adamāru Maṭha, Śrī Kṛṣṇa Maṭha, Udupi, Karṇātaka organised a Yakṣagāna Tāḷamaddaḷe, in Sanskrit, on 11 August 2020. It was a part of CVV’s Sanskrit Month celebrations.

The performance was an excellent attempt to perform the Talamaddale in Sanskrit and introduce the unique performance to more people. Keen on taking this art to more people, the Hon’ble Vice Chancellor of CVV, Prof. Nagaraj Neerchal co-sponsored the event along with the Matha.

The performance was based on the dialogue between Shri Ram and Bharata and called Pādukā Pradāna. Dr. Ramakrishna Pejathaya, Associate Professor at CVV’s School of Ethics, Governance, Culture and Social System played the role of Bharata.

The programme was well received and appreciated by people from various backgrounds from different parts of the country. There were over 200 viewing it live and till date over 6.2 people have watched the recording.

Prasaṅga – Pādukā Pradāna


  • Bhāgavata: Vidvan Ganapati Bhat, Saligrama, Udupi
  • Maddale: Narayan G. Hegade, Kota, Kundapura


  • Śrīrāma: Vidvan Umakanta Bhat, Retired Professor, Melukote
  • Bharata: Dr. Ramakrishna Pejathaya, Chinmaya Vishwavidyapeeth, Ernakulam
  • Lakṣmaṇa: Dr. Amritesha Acharya, SMSP Sanskrit College, Udupi
  • Sītā: Vidvan Krishnaraja Kutpadi, Srikrishna Matha, Udupi 

For general information about the art form visit https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tala-Maddale