The moral of this story is what not to ask Lord Shiva if He appears in front of you. In other words, there's no important moral - this is just for entertainment.
The well-known touring troupe of Kannada artists, Shri Mahaganapathi Yakshagana Mandali of Nidle-Dharmasthala, is organising a Yakshagana Saptaha (week), from 21st to 27th September at the Sundarayya Vignana Kendram and other places of the twin cities. As part of the Saptaha, Bhasmasura Mohini will be staged at Sringeri Shankar Mutt, Nallakunta, on 23rd September.
One day, Lord Shiva notices some stones in the bhasma brought by Parvati for his prayer, and throws it away. Bhasmasura, born out of this bhasma, feels hungry right away and rushes to swallow no ther than Shiva and Parvati themselves. Shiva calms him down and explains to him about his birth. He then gives Bhasmasura the task of bringing bhasma for His daily use.
Bhasmasura, wandering in the world, sees men and women moving together and feels that he too should have a female by his side. He goes back to Kailash empty-handed and plots a plan to get Parvati (yes!) for himself. He convinces Shiva that none had died in the world and hence he could not get any bhasma. He then requests for a boon that any person on whose head he places his hand, should be reduced to bhasma, so that Shiva is assured of bhasma always. Shiva grants him the boon, and Bhasmasura thus gets agnihastha.
Emboldened by the boon, Bhasmasura chases Shiva Himself. Shiva goes to Vaikuntha and pleads with Vishnu rid Him of this trouble, and Vishnu then takes the form of the ravishing Mohini. Attracted by Mohini, Bhasmasura asks her to marry him. Mohini agrees on condition that he should win her by dancing like her. During the dance, Mohini places her hand on her head and Bhasmasura follows her. He gets burnt and the world becomes free of his menace.
This ballet is being sponsored by M Krishna Murthy of Sri Raghavendra Group of Hotels, Hyderabad. The artists participating in this Saptaha are Vidushaka Mahesh Maniyani, Gangadhara Puthuru, Eshwara Prasad Dharmasthala, Pookala Lakshmi Narayana Bhat, Nidle Govinda Bhat, Kumble Shridhara Rao, Subraya Holla Kasaragod, Vasantha Gowda, Sadashiva Kulal, Shiva Prasad Bhat, Ammunje Mohan, Radha Krishna, Padmanabha, Girish and Naveen Kumar.
The Saptaha starts with the ballets Sri Krishna Vivaaha on the 21st and Sri Krishna Janana - Kamsa Vadhe on 22nd at the Sundarayya Vignana Kendram, followed by Bhasmasura-Mohini on the 23rd at Shankar Math (Nallakunta), Sri Kateel Kshethra Mahathme on the 24th at the Ashtalakshmi Temple in Dilsukhnagar, Veera Abhimanyu on the 25th at Shilparamam, Sudarshanopakhyana on the 26th at Sri Raghavendra Swamy Math (Bagh Lingampally) and finally, Sri Rama Ashwamedha - Veeramani on the 27th at the Sundaraya Vignana Kendram.
Yakshagana is a classical folk art form of Karnataka, mostly popular in the districts of Uttara Kannada, Shimoga, Udupi, Dakshina Kannada and Kasargod districts. This would be considered to be a form of opera by Western eyes.
Traditionally, Yakshaganas go on for whole of the night. The actors wear resplendent costumes, head-dresses and painted faces, which they paint themselves with natural colors and dyes, and enact the various roles that usually depicts a story from the Hindu epics and puranas. A vocalist narrates the story in a song-like fashion, and is backed by musicians playing traditional musical instruments, as the actors dance to the tune, with actions that portray the story as it is being narrated.
Please contact K N Somayaji or Prema Somayaji at 2700-5783 for further details.