Tala-Maddale is an ancient form of performance dialogue or debate performance in Southern India in the Karavali and Malnad regions of Karnataka and Kerala.
The plot and content of the conversation is drawn from popular mythology but the performance mainly consists of an impromptu debate between characters involving sarcasm, puns, philosophy positions and humour.
The main plot is sung from the same oral texts used for the Yakshganaform of dance- drama. Performers claim that this was a more intellectual rendition of the dance during the monsoon season.
It is a variant of Yakshagana theatre.
Yakshagana is a traditional Indian theatre form, developed in Dakshina Kannada, Udupi, Uttara Kannada, Shimoga and western parts of Chikmagalur districts, in the state of Karnataka and in Kasaragod district in Kerala that combines dance, music, dialogue, costume, make-up, and stage techniques with a unique style and form.
It is believed to have evolved from pre-classical music and theatre during the period of the Bhakti