Gorava Dance

Art & Culture


Gorava dance or ‘goravara kunita’ a dance of the  Shiva-cult is more popular in the Mysore region and North Karnataka regions. In North Karnataka the ‘Goravas’ worship “Mylara linga” (Eshvara God). Whereas in South Karnataka (Mysore region) the  ‘goravas’ who worship the diety called  as ‘mudukutore mallikaarjuna’ . In South Karnataka  the ‘goravas’ who wear the colorful costume like black and white woolen rug, fur cap (of black bear) and holds ‘Damaru’ (percussion instrument) and ‘pillangoovi’ (flute). Towards North Karnataka the ‘Goravas’ who wear the costume of black woolen rug, on shoulder hanging bag (made out of skin) some of them wear black-coat and white dhoti. In traditional context the ‘Gorava’ devotees who dance in trance, some time bark like dogs, It is believed that the totem of the ‘Mylaralinga’ is dog. The dancers foot moves in clock- wise and zig-zag form, there is no fixed choreography to these performers. The North Karnataka ‘Gorava’ wears the yellow powder on his forehead and gives as ‘prasada’ to his believed devotees. Artiste holds instrument like ‘damaru’ (percussion) sometime holds  ‘kolalu’ (flute)  and rarely few artiste wear on shoulder a small bronze bell few followers hold cowbells  called ‘paarigante’.

Minimum number of artiste: 10 +1=11


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