Fabulous Yakshagana performance by children of Nele Nivedita

21 Sep, 2019, Bengaluru: Ganesha Festival celebrations held in Vinayaka layout, Ullala, was not like one of the several celebrations.

What made the evening even special was the Yakshagana performance by children of Nele Nivedita.
Yakshagana is a folk theatre form originated in Karnataka, India. It is a popular form of story telling, famous for its colourful costumes, energetic narration, and lively steps.
The theme chosen was story of Punyakoti, a beautiful folk story that celebrates victory of Truth. 18 girls participated and the dance was very impressive. All the characters were brought to life on stage – Punyakoti the Cow, its innocent calf, Arbhuta the Tiger etc.
Entry of the Tiger, Conversations between the Cow and Tiger, Cow and its calf, were done fabulously.

The story goes that the cow Punyakoti on its way back home encounters a hungry tiger who has not had his meal. Punyakoti convinces the tiger that she had to go home feed her calf and would return back to be the prey of tiger. Tiger allows the cow to go home and takes a promise to be back. When back at home the cow narrates the story and takes leave of its calf after feeding milk to it. Though the calf persuades Punyakoti to stay back, she is determined that she would tread the path of Truth. Back in the jungle when tiger sees Punyakoti to offer itself, the tiger is moved by the honesty the cow had displayed.

It was under the guidance of Dr. Begar Shivakumar in a short span of time, the girls have performed this art form.
It was a visual treat to the eyes, and very satisfying that such platforms will boost these girls’ confidence said an art enthusiast who watched the performance.

Report: Swaroop Joshi.


About Nele Nivedita:
Nele meaning ‘Shelter’ in Kannada, is an attempt in this direction.
Nele Nivedita is shelter home for less privileged girl children aged between 6 to 16 years.
This is one of the several seva projects being run under the umbrella of Hindu Seva Pratishthana
Facilities provided at Nele –
Food, clothing and Shelter
Education, Sports, Music, Arts, Yoga, Sanskrit classes,
Social and cultural values
Disciplined way of living
and lots of love and affection…

These deprived children who experience harsh realities of life at a very tender age, are prone to psychological problems, and at high risk of exposure to anti-social elements.
Children are God’s gift to this world, and they deserve the best of everything, to realize the full potential they have within them.
As responsible citizens, it our duty to help the less privileged children get access to basic amenities, and more importantly love and affection.

How can you help:
Get involved with Nele activities
Spend free time with children
Celebrate birthdays at Nele
Donate provisions, new clothes, etc.
Sponsor food, education, etc.

Mathrushri Gouramma Smruti Mandira, No. 27/28,
Vinayaka layout, Ullala Main Road, Jnanabharati Post,
Bengaluru – 560056
Ph : 080-22723860, 92421 97473


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