Bhootha Aradhane, Folk Art, Karnataka - Informative & researched article on Bhootha Aradhane, Folk Art, Karnataka
 Indianetzone: Largest Free Encyclopedia of India with thousand of articlesIndian Dances


in  
 Art & Culture|Entertainment|Health|Reference|Sports|Society|Travel
Forum  | Free E-magazine  | RSS Feeds  
Indian Crafts|Indian Monuments|Indian Dances|Indian Festivals|Indian Paintings|Indian Photography|Indian Sculpture
Home > Art & Culture > Indian Dances > Indian Folk Dances > Folk Dances of Karnataka > Bhootha Aradhane
Bhootha Aradhane, Folk Art, Karnataka
Bhootha Aradhane or Bhuta Kola is an interesting dance form of coastal Karnataka.
 
 Bhootha Aradhane, Folk Art, KarnatakaBhootha Aradhane or Bhuta Kola is a ritualistic folk dance popular in the Karnataka state of India. A procession is an important part of this dance form. The procession exhibits various idols representing 'bhoothas' meaning ghosts. The sound of drums and bursting of firecrackers accompanies the procession. Every year, this dance form attracts huge number of tourists to the state.

Origin of Bhootha Aradhane
Bhootha Aradhane has originated from the coastal parts of Karnataka and Kerala as a way of Tulu worship. Tulu is a regional language in Karnataka. This form of dance is rarely seen. Bhootha means ghost and the reference to these creatures' dates back to myths. In mythology, Lord Shiva's attendants are referred to as Bhuta Ganas. Their chief responsibilities were to serve the Lord and protect Dharma.

Forms of Bhootha Aradhane
This dance has different forms. Several kinds of ghosts are represented through this folk dance. Kallurti, Koraga Taniya, Shiradi Bhoota, Koratti, Punjurli, Kuppe Punjurli, Kalkuda, Ali Bhoota, and many others are revered in places like Bantwal, Puttur, Uppinangadi and Mangalore. Rajya daiva, Kuntikana Dhoomavathi, KinniMani, Guliga, Koraga, Poomani Ullakalu and Raktheswari are the bhootas worshipped in temples.

Performance of Bhootha Aradhane
Bhootha Aradhane is performed in a group. The performer will dance on a special music. The main idea behind this folk dance is to appease the devil and protect the environment. A procession with idols of 'bhoothas' is taken out. Drums and firecrackers accompany the procession. At the end of the procession the idol is kept on a pedestal and the dancer begins his performance. He dances with swords and bells whirling round like a bhootha. He acts as if he is possessed and pretends like a prophet.

Costumes of Bhootha Aradhane
The costume plays a crucial role in the performance of Bhootha Aradhane. During the performance of this form of dance the dancer is required to make up his or her face in a specific way and wear certain costumes and jewelleries. The dancers decorate themselves to resemble ghosts.

Both as a tourist and as an art enthusiast, one will love Bhootha Aradhane. The dance is performed twice in year, once in the month of January and again after the annual festival.

(Last Updated on : 08/09/2014)
E-mail this Article | Post a Comment
More Articles in Folk Dances of Karnataka  (14)
 
Yakshagana  (9)
 
 
Recently Updated Articles in Indian Dances
Srekala Bharath
Srekala Bharath, a renowned Bharatnatyam Dancer, is the follower of the Vazhvoor style of dance.
Medha Yodh
Medha Yodh was a well-known Indian and Indian American Bharatanatyam dancer. She had performed in various parts of India and the world and created a documentary film on Garba in 1987.
Leela Samson
Leela Samson is a notable Bharatanatyam dancer, choreographer and writer from India. A recipient of Padma Shri, she has taught Bharatanatyam at Shriram Bhartiya Kala Kendra in Delhi for many years.
Jetty Roels
This Belgian Bharatanatyam dancer, Jetty Roels has studied dance (Laban, Graham) and mime.
Swarnamailya Ganesh
Swarnamailya Ganesh, a classical dancer of Bharatanatyam and Odissi has been the youngest recipient of `Yuvakala Bharati
Forum
Forum on Indian Dances
Free E-magazine
Subscribe to Free E-Magazine on Art & Culture
 
 
Bhootha Aradhane, Folk Art, Karnataka - Informative & researched article on Bhootha Aradhane, Folk Art, Karnataka
Sitemap
Contact Us   |   RSS Feeds
Copyright © 2008 Jupiter Infomedia Ltd. All rights reserved including the right to reproduce the contents in whole or in part in any form or medium without the express written permission of
Jupiter Infomedia Ltd.