Folk arts & Dances of Karnataka  

Folk performing arts represent the cultural segments of a particular region and language. The performances presented on the stage or open fields are blended with songs, dances, facial expressions (with or without make-up), and music. These elements form the basis of any folk performing art. Audience is the most important element, whether it is an indoor or outdoor performance. The complexity traits of the performing arts gained popularity in a few regions because of its regional uniqueness. According to a recent study, regional art forms like 'Boodkali' of Coorg, 'Daasaraata' of North Karnataka and few other dance forms have lost their popularity due to the advent of electronic media - satellite television, video games, internet and so on. 

To know the folk art, on the forefront it is essential to know the territorial limitations of the State. Based on an academic study on the folk performing arts of Karnataka, the State has three major territories and one province namely:

  1. Coastal Karnataka: ( South and North Kanara;  Arabian Sea belt )

  2. South Karnataka: From Chitradurga towards South i.e., Tumkur, Kolar, Bangalore, Mysore, Mandya, Hassan,   Shimoga  and Chickmagalur.

  3. North Karnataka: From Chitradurga   towards North i.e., Belgaum, Bijapur, Bidar,  Gulbarga, Dharwad, Bellary, Koppal, and Raichur area.

Huttari
Bolak aat
Ummattat
Kombat
Hagalu Vishagaararu
Kalgi-Tura (Laavani)
Gaarudi Gombe
Somana Kunitha
Joodu Haligi
Jagga Halige
Gorava Nrithya (Gorava Dance) 
Puppetry
Leather Puppet
Gondaligara Ata
Karadimajal
Mudalapaya Yakshagana
Doddata
Veeragase
Dollu Kunitha
Bisu Kamsale
Bhutha Performance
Aati Kalanja
Karangolu
Maadira
Kudubi
Suggi Kunitha