Ghungroo Tying and Removing Ceremonies in Yakshagana
The ghungroo tying and removing ceremonies were shot at Kateelu Temple, near Udupi in Coastal Karnataka in 2017.
For any Indian classical dancer, except may be for the Manipuri performer, his or her ghungroo is a special and sacred ornament. This is particularly true of Yakshagana artistes in Coastal Karnataka. Every year when their annual tour begins, the Yakshagana artistes gather at the temple of their particular deity and perform certain rituals and proceed to tie the ghungroos blessed by the gods. At the end of the tour they again assemble to remove the ghungroos in the presence of the deity. This video has recorded the ghungroo tying and removing ceremonies that were conducted at Kateelu Temple in 2017.