Folk Performing Art of Southern Karnataka Part-2

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This folk art which takes birth in several rural areas does not seem that gurus have taught them to learning centers that spread them. Performances are both worship and entertainment. Hence, the artist learns it at home or in the village at large. Later he unveils his talent during a fair, festival, or another event in the village. Veeragase, just like Nandi kolu Veeragase has pauranik Daksha yagna tale. When Dakshayini dies in the fire yagna of Daksha and then Veerbhadra took birth. If the Veera Bhadra dance gets importance during marriages, the Veeragase gets its prominence during village festivities. It gives the impression the impressions that the worriers are ready to enter into combat with the enemy. Thus this symbolizes physical valour. Therefore, the dance is always performed in groups. The troupe is led by the Veerabhadra. Thus, except in coastal Karnataka, we find the prevalence of this dance in Northern Karnataka, southern Karnataka, and the middle part of Karnataka. Among the professional folk and religious singers of southern Karnataka, the dewar Guddas/Monks are very famous. According to Keshi Raja, the word kamsale has come from the Sanskrit word kamsya that. Gudda tradition has been singing the prayer Mahadeswara and the miracle tales they compose. They are normally Herridatory singers or learn through guru shishya tradition system. In the tradition of these Dewara Guddas/monks except Brahmin, Lingayat, and okkaliga communities, others can become the Guddas. Kinsale is also known as kaisale , kausale, kaitale, Batlu etc. There are three to eight performers in komsale groups. In the story of Mahadeswara, there are fourteen parts. Each of them is called a Salu or a verse that tells a single story in a lengthy narration. Nagari Meela, the Nagaari a large kettle drum is the king of instruments made from cane. It begins with the primordial nature of Mahadeswara and ends with Maheswara’s return to Kalisa/heaven. Predominantly, during the worship of shakti or goddess-like Durgavva, these Nagaari instruments were used. Kahale, the kahale is a metal horn trumpet of a long tapering shape of horn-like shape. It is big and produces more melody. Ranakhale is used during battle, Hulikahale during hunts Javvakahale for keeping time, etc.