Mangaluru: The Coastal folkart of Yakshagana has largely been the medium bringing alive Hindu mythology on stage, but here in a rare and undoubtedly unique effort, life of Messenger of Peace- Jesus Christ is being assayed through the colourful art of Yakshagana by veteran writer Muliya Keshavaiah.Life of Jesus Christ has been narrated in the form of stories, poetries and films, but a Yakshagana on Jesus has been never heard of before.
Muliya Keshavaiah had scripted the 'Prasanga' named 'Mahachethana-Yesu Christa Mahathme' way back in 1976. Over the last four decades, the book remained to a Yakshagana poetry, but the latest version, where Keshavaiah included dialogues is all set to be released on May 27 at Don Bosco Hall in Mangaluru at 3 pm.
The idea behind including dialogues was to bring in new dimension and expand the scope of Yakshagana to make it appealing to the Christian community as well.
Making Yakshagana on life of Jesus was not an easy task for the writer for he had to conduct in depth study of the Bible, the testaments and several other books so as to script his 123 paged 'Mahachethana Yesu Christa Mahathme'. Soon to translate the book into English was Dr Geetha Muliyil and the prasanga staged in various schools and foreign countries had gained huge appreciation from the audience. But, the need for dialogues was felt to enhance the reach of the play.
Speaking about the book, Dr Anandaram Upadhyaya, Kannada litterateur and reviewer says that Muliya, who is in his 80s now, has brought life of Jesus in this traditional art form without disrupting the core essence of Yakshagana.
"Just the Yakshagana poetries are a little difficult to understand if you do not have the background, but now, with the dialogues being incorporated here, it is easier for everyone to comprehend the prasanga," he said adding that Muliya's attempt has shown that Yakshagana cannot be confined to one religion or any particular community.
The upgraded work of Muliya will be released by Bishop Dr Aloysius Paul D'Souza in presence of Karnataka Theological College Principal Dr Hani Cabral, Alangaru Church priest Fr Mark Valdar and Mangaluru University Kannada Professor Dr K Chinnappa Gowda.
The 'Yesu Christha Mahathme; will be staged thereafter.