Yaksha the Mystery

The play is designed to be a question answer thriller. We are all used to this format through various court room drama's and also investigative mystery stories.  Yaksha Prashne involves questions and answers both way's questioning our ethics and moral values.  How we have reached a level where we adjust the same to our needs and deeds.  The main protagonist Dharma is a lost soul who has nothing else on his mind except making money and having an expensive lifestyle.  How the conversation with Yaksha changes all that is for you to find out when we reveal it on stage.  Come watch, get entertained and empathise.

Director's Note

ಉಪಾಖ್ಯಾನ: ಯಕ್ಷ ಪ್ರೆಶ್ನೆಯು ಮಹಾಭಾರತದ ವನಪರ್ವದಲ್ಲಿ ಅರಣ್ಯಕ ಪರ್ವ ಅಥವಾ ಅರಣ್ಯಪರ್ವದಲ್ಲಿ ಧರ್ಮ ಬಕ ಉಪಖ್ಯಾನವಾಗಿ ಕಾಣಬರುತ್ತದೆ. ಹನ್ನೆರಡು ವರ್ಷ ವನವಾಸದ ನಂತರ ಕಾಡಿನಹಾದಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ಬರುತ್ತಿದ್ದಾಗ, ಒಬ್ಬ ಅಗ್ನಿಹೋತ್ರಿ ಬ್ರಾಂಮ್ಹಣ ಎದುರಾಗುತ್ತಾನೆ. ಅವನ ಆರಣಿಯನ್ನು ಒಂದು ಜಿಂಕೆ ಕೋಡಿನಲ್ಲಿ ಸಿಕ್ಕಿಸಿಕೊಂಡು ಕಾಡಿನೊಳಗೆ ಓಡಿಹೊಗಿರುತ್ತದೆ. ಅದನ್ನು ಅರಸಿಹೋದ ಪಾಂಡವರು ದಣಿಯುತ್ತಾರೆ, ಸಹದೇವ ಮೊದಲು ನೀರನ್ನು ಅರಸಿ ಒಂದು ಸುಂದರ ಕೊಳದಬಳಿ ಬರುತ್ತಾನೆ. ಅಲ್ಲಿದ್ದ ಒಂದು ಬಕಪಕ್ಷಿಯು ನೀರನ್ನು ಕುಡಿಯುವಮುನ್ನ ನನ್ನ ಪ್ರಶ್ನೆಗೆ ಉತ್ತರಿಸು, ಇಲ್ಲವಾದಲ್ಲಿ ನೀರನ್ನು ಕುಡಿದ ತಕ್ಷಣವೇ ನೀನು ಸಾವನ್ನುಪ್ಪುತ್ತೀಯ ಎಂದು ಎಚ್ಚರಿಸುತ್ತದೆ. ಆದರೆ ಅವನು ಆ ಬಕದಮಾತನ್ನು ನಿರ್ಲಕ್ಷಿಸಿ ನೀರನ್ನು ಕುಡಿಯುತ್ತಾನೆ. ಅವನ ತರಹವೇ ನಕುಲ, ಭೀಮ ಕೂಡ ಸಾವನ್ನಪ್ಪ್ಪುತಾರೆ. ಇವರನ್ನು ಅರಸಿಬಂದ ಯುದಿಷ್ಟರನು ಬಕದ ಎಲ್ಲಾ ಪ್ರಶ್ನೆಗೂ ಉತ್ತರ ನೀಡುತ್ತಾನೆ. ಉತ್ತರಗಳಿಂದ ಸಂತ್ರುಪ್ತಿಹೊಂದಿದ ಬಕದ ವೇಷದ ಯಕ್ಷನು ಎಲ್ಲಾ ಪಾಂಡವರಿಗೂ ಜೀವದಾನ ನೀಡುತ್ತಾನೆ.

ನಮ್ಮ ವಗ್ಗರಣೆ: ಯಕ್ಷ ಪ್ರಶ್ನೆಯ ಎಲ್ಲಾ ಪ್ರಶ್ನೋತ್ತರಗಳು ಇಂದಿಗೂ ಪ್ರಸ್ತುತ, ಹಾಗಾಗಿ ಅವುಗಳನ್ನ ನಾವು ನಮ್ಮ ನಾಟಕದಲ್ಲಿ ಅಳವಡಿಸಿ, ಇಂದಿನ ದಿನದ ಮಂಗನಾಟಕ್ಕೆ ಹೋಲಿಸುವ ಪ್ರಯತ್ನ ಮಾಡಿದ್ದೇವೆ. ಜೊತೆಗೆ ಯಕ್ಷನನ್ನು ಒಂದು ಪ್ರಶ್ನೆಯ ಯಂತ್ರವಾಗಿಸದೆ ನಮ್ಮ ನಿಮ್ಮನ್ನು ಒಂದು ಷಡ್ಯಂತ್ರವನ್ನು ಭೇದಿಸಲು ಶಕ್ಯನನ್ನಾಗಿ ಮಾಡಿದ್ದೇವೆ. ಹೇಗೆ, ಏನು, ಯಾರು, ಎಲ್ಲಿ ಮುಂತಾದ ಪ್ರಶ್ನೆಗಳಿಗೆ ಉತ್ತರ ನಮ್ಮ ನಾಟಕ "ಯಕ್ಷ"ದಲ್ಲಿ. ಬನ್ನಿ, ನೋಡಿ, ಆನಂದಿಸಿ, ಪ್ರಶ್ನಾತೀತರಾಗಿ, ಹರಸಿ...

What's Unique?

  • One man music and light show.
  • Questions are intriguing and will involve audiences too.
  • Well researched questions from Mahabharatha will enthrall the hidden quizmasters and participants.
  • Prakasam's first ever one man show comes in as a surprise package, you would not guess what happens at the end and to what effect till the play is over.

Mahabharatha Episode:

During the time when the Pandavas were living in the forest, a deer took away the stick used to make fire from the sage’s home in the forest in its antlers. The saint tried to recover it but could not. He then requested the Pandavas (sons of Pandu) to trace the deer by its hoof marks and recover it. The Pandavas followed the hoof marks of the deer throughout the day and reached deep in the forest. Dharma Puthra the eldest of the Pandavas became very tired and wanted to drink some water before carrying on the chase any further. Sahadeva the youngest brother volunteered to bring the water. He spotted a lake near by. The lake was bare of any living beings except a crane. When Sahadeva tried to drink water from the lake, the crane spoke to him, Oh Sahadeva, the water of this lake is poisonous, if you drink it without answering my questions. Sahadeva did not bother and drank the water from the lake and died. After some time Nakula came in search. And was surprised at seeing the dead Sahadeva. He too decided to drink water and was warned by the crane and he too died on drinking the water. The same thing happened to Arjuna and Bheema. Seeing that all his four brothers are missing, Dharma Puthra came in search. Since he was very thirsty, he too tried to drink the water from the lake. But when the crane warned him, he decided to answer the questions of the crane. Before asking questions, the crane revealed himself as a Yaksha. All the questions asked by the Yaksha were answered by Dharma Puthra to the Yaksha’s satisfaction. Then the Yaksha gave a boon to Dharma Puthra to bring back alive one of his dead brothers. Dharma wanted, Nakula to be made alive. The surprised Yaksha asked him, Oh king, why did you choose Nakula, when you could have chosen Bheema and Arjuna? Dharma Puthra replied, I am alive and so my mother Kunthi has one son. I wanted my other mother Madhri also to have a son alive, The Yaksha was very much pleased and gave life back to all the Pandavas. Given below are the pointed questions asked by the Yaksha and the pithy and very direct replies given by Dharma Puthra. These are a store house of knowledge and termed as Yaksha Prasna (Questions of Yaksha).