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Artist(s) : Legends of Kathakali from Kalamandalam, Sadnam, Margi and Kottakal
Saturday, May 21, 2005
A GRAND KATHAKALI PERFORMANCE
Saturday, May 21, 2005 6:30 PM
Venue: To Be Decided
Daksha Yagam by Irayimman Tampi (1783-1856)
Daksha, the son of Brahma, and his wife Prasuti adopted a child whom they had discovered in a
conch shell. The child was called Sati who finally got married to Siva. Daksha regarded Siva as his
son-in-law and did not realize his greatness. Daksha treated Siva with contempt, and when he
commenced to perform a yaga he proclaimed that the sacrificial offering would not be pre-offered to
Siva. Sati went to witness the yaga and to see her family, but she was abused and sent away. She
returned to Siva in shame and anger and requested Siva to punish Daksha. Siva sent two dreadful
creatures, Virabhadra and Bhadrakali to destroy Daksha. They beheaded Daksha. On Brahma’s
request to be merciful, Siva relented and restored life to Daksha.