My father, Muliya Mahabala Bhat, was a scholar of Yakshagana. His knowledge of the art and craft of the dance form was immense. By the mid-80s, Yakshagana was losing its authenticity. Artists were cutting corners in many aspects – such as make-up (which is elaborate and time-consuming), costume and even stage performance. My father, with some of his friends such as writer, scholar Dr Raghava Nambiar, scholar Prabhakara Joshi and others, conducted a workshop on the traditional make-up of Yakshagana near Mangalore. He invited a group of great artists and requested them to do authentic make-up and don the right costume, and I photographed all of them on film. We have scanned and restored all the images. The book design is almost ready. Currently, the laborious task of proofreading and corrections is going on.
Details of the book
1. Dimension: 9″X7″ (Closed)/14″X9″ open, Hardcover
2. No of pages: 248
3. Language: Kannada and English
4. No of photographs: 100 +
5. Please note the cover design is representative. Final design may/will change.
6. The book was scheduled to be published by December 2019 to mark the 20th year of my father’s passing. However, it has been delayed. The final design work is on, and it will be print-ready in a few months.
Current status:The final design work is on, and it will be print-ready in a few months.