Have a peek into the life and works of the multi-faceted personality of Dr. K.S. Karanth,
writer, musician, Yakshgana expert, social activist and children’s playwright. When he began
his journey in the adult world during the days of freedom struggle, he was influenced by
Mahatma Gandhi, worked on Charkha – the spinning wheel, and tried to popularize Khadi.
Yakshgana impressed him and he tried to understand its drama and music. He made efforts to
improve upon it. He discovered new elements in it. In Yakshgana, there is appeal to drama,
but the ideal is imaginary, and music is linked with song, which should depict emotion. The
language should be emotive. But the body language has to be like the language of sculpture.
The symbolic allegory of men and women trekking the path of their lives is what Ykshgana has
the potential to be.
Dr. Kapila Vatsyayan, who interacts with Dr. Karanth, asks him about why he is
attracted by tragedy. He responds to say that one has to be conscious of the fact that our
stay here is transitory, and not to be conscious of that, means not be oneself. He laments
that even God has been adulterated. It requires cleverness to survive. We have learnt the
value of gold, but we must learn the value of tradition.
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