BOMBE-YATTA (PUPPET YAKSHAGANA)

Yakshagana Bombeyatta or Puppet show is an art form of Kasargod District and South Canara district in Karnataka State.

This is presented using string puppets and rod  puppets with colourful costumes and dresses. The movements of the dolls are monitored and controlled by strings and rods. Yakshagana is presented through puppets and hence it is known as Yakshagana Bombeyatta. Puppets made out of wood are painted and dressed according to the character in the story. Bombeyatta is controlled from a curtain chamber specially put up behind the seen for the purpose. Musical instruments are also used just as that of Yakshagana. Different puppets enacts different characters in accordance with the story telling by way of dialogue followed with songs.

Now this art form is on the way of extinction. There is only one troupe in Kasargod District which preserve this excellent art form, the Sri.Gopalakrishna Yakshagana Bombeyatta Sanga, located near Sri.Bhagavathy Temple, Pulikkunnu, Kasargod. They are presenting their programmes in various places in and out of the state. The troupe had also participated in the international puppet festival held at Lahore in Pakistan.

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