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:
Coastal Karnataka: ( South and North Kanara; Arabian Sea belt )
South Karnataka: From Chitradurga towards South i.e., Tumkur, Kolar, Bangalore, Mysore, Mandya, Hassan, Shimoga and Chickmagalur.
North Karnataka: From Chitradurga towards North i.e., Belgaum, Bijapur, Bidar, Gulbarga, Dharwad, Bellary, Koppal, and Raichur area.