‘Yellamma & Other Stories’ at AF Bangalore!

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The Indian subcontinent has a long and richly-textured history of mythology, iconography, and practices. These lived traditions are so enmeshed in everyday life that it often becomes difficult to separate religion from culture. Many of the ancient stories that form our collective heritage are replete with complex female characters who forged their own paths. Keeping this lineage in mind, Alliance Française de Bangalore recently hosted an evening of folk music entitled Yellamma & Other Stories to coincide with Women’s Day Celebrations on March 8, 2019. This event is the brainchild of Urban Folk Project and was organised in collaboration with Akar Productions.

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Yellamma & Other Stories recounts the journey of Princess Renuka as she ultimately becomes Goddess Yellamma. The story traces the collective histories of a community along with its trials and tribulations. For the performance, Yellamma’s legend unfolded as an English narrative which incorporated timeless Kannada folk songs from different regions of Karnataka. The stories of the remaining folk practitioners of related forms who serve as the mentors of Urban Folk Project were also incorporated in the same. The narration celebrated sisterhood, motherhood, liberation, duty, and a quest for defining one’s identity.

Urban Folk Project at Akar Production's first rendition of 'Yellamma & Other Stories' in the presence of theur mentor Manjamma B Jogathi at AF Bangalore | Photo Courtesy of Urban Folk Project

Urban Folk Project at Akar Production’s first rendition of ‘Yellamma & Other Stories’ in the presence of theur mentor Manjamma B Jogathi at AF Bangalore | Photo Courtesy of Urban Folk Project

Akar Productions is a company which is passionate about the performing arts. It aims to be a part of a changing dialogue in the field of classical and folk productions by bringing new creative works to a professional stage. Yellamma & Other Stories is the first of a series of shows which the company will produce in 2019. Urban Folk Project  is an initiative to archive folk art forms in Karnataka. The organisation deploys elements of these forms to build bodies of works that engage an urban audience with folk art practices.

Siddharth Bhatt

Rédaction, AF Magazine Inde-Népal

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Directeur de publication : Délégation Générale de la Fondation Alliance Française en Inde et au Népal

Rédacteur en chef : Laurent Elisio Bordier

Rédacteur/Coordinateur national : Siddharth Bhatt

Rédacteurs, contributeurs : Guillaume, Abhirami, Alexandre, Chintan, Cléa, David, Eleonore, Elie, Kanika, Karine, Nita, Thomas, Malvika, Marie-Joëlle, Meera, Mayuri, Mitushi, Alice, Prutha, Romain, Ritika, Manas, Supriya ...