Yakshagana is a theatre form of South India, which literally means the song (gana) of the nature spirits (yaksha). It was previously known as keḷike, aṭa, bayalaṭa, and dasavatara. Traditionally it is performed from dusk to dawn on rangasthala (acting area), which could be a space near the house of the patron, paddy field or the open ground in front of a temple compound, recently it is started to be performed on indoor stages too.
Yakshagana is believed to have evolved from pre-classical music and theatre, it is sometimes simply called aṭa (the play) in both Kannada and Tulu. The narratives of the play are drawn primarily from the great Hindu epics Ramayana and Mahabharata as well as from the tales of the youthful god Krishna. And the narrative will be a mixture of song sung by the bhagavata (chief musician) and dialogues delivered by the performers on stage. Both bhagavata and performers will be accompanied by the support of musical instrument like drums. Back then, these performances were the only modes of entertainment for the people.