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A revolutionary mother

Of stories and songs The performance kept the audience engrossed

Of stories and songs The performance kept the audience engrossed  

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Often, we seek the roots of our being by traversing long forgotten trails. Yellamma and Other Stories, presented by Udalveli and performed by the Urban Folk Project, was one such quest.

Shilpa Mudbi Kothakota, the co-founder of UFP, introduced us to the mythology on which the performance was based. She narrated the story of how Renuka transforms into Yellamma and about how the goddess creates the musical instruments, Shruti and Choudki. Yellammanatta is performed mostly by the devadasis and transgender people. Kothakota described the night-long performances and also spoke about why it is important to bring this story to the urban audiences.

The four member-team of Kothakota, Deepthi Bhaskar, Manjunath V Baddi and Siddhanth Sundar kept the 300 people engrossed with their songs and tales. Members of the audience could be seen tapping their hands to the beat of the songs. At the end, Kothakota also spoke movingly about the need to support the artistes of Yellammanatta who were on the verge of losing their livelihood. Yellamma means ‘universal mother’ and indeed the story of this revolutionary mother left a lasting impact on all those who attended the performance.

Manoranjini is a IInd year student of BA English Literature at PSG CAS

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