India | Karnataka


Talamaddale, also called Baithak, is a kind of art form known mostly in the coastal areas of Karnataka. It is a combination of Puranapravachana (discourse), Harikatha and Yakshagana. Apart from the music and the speech which was later added to it, there is no costumed performance included in the dance and stage conventions in this art form. It is otherwise known as Baithak (sitting), Prasanga (episode), Odike (reading) and Jagara (keep awake). The word Talamaddale is derived from the words tala (Cymbal) and Maddale (the drum), which implies that it was basically a singing tradition.

Updated on 7th June, 2005


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