Festivals of Karnataka
No wonder the impact of royal dynasties has enabled the culture of Karnataka to encompass all the exquisite wealth of festival festivities. These are
Hampi Festival (Vijay Utsav)
It is celebrated reminiscing the aura of Vijaygarha kings. Festivals of similar types also are held in places like Halebid, Pattadakal, Karavalli and Lakkundi. The time of their celebration is the winter month of November.
Tula Sankramana Coorg Festival
It is a festival of joy commemorating the worship of Goddess Cauvery. Also known as theerthodbhava and is celebrated in the month of October with enthusiasm especially in Kodagu of Karnataka region. Believing that the Goddess will emerge from water , the 'bhaktas' from all over the world gather in huge number ,take dip into the holy water of the Cauvery water and seek blessings from the deity. Pattadakkal Dance Festival This is a festival of dance celebrated in jubilance at the premises of beautiful temples of Pattadakkal, the ancient capital of the Chalukyan kings. It is feted in the month of January. Moreover, other festivals like Holi, Makar Sankranti, Dusshera , Diwali are celebrated in full frolic and vivacity, just like any other state of Indian subcontinent.
In Melkote, this festival is feted in the month of March when the idol Lord Vishnu is being decked up with precious crown studded with diamond brought out from the palace of Mysore.
Kambala or Buffalo Race
This festival of buffalo racing was celebrated with lots of exuberance by the royal kings and the people of the Karnataka keep up this tradition of royal sport.
This magnificent festival of dance takes place in places like Belur and Helebid .The fantabulous Hoysala temples are perfect embodiment of exquisite work of sculptures, thus making it the perfect locale for this cultural fete. It is famous in the month of March.
Music and Dance of Karnataka
Culture of Karnataka is revered for its storehouse of music and dance forms. Especially Karnataka is august for its wealth of Indian classical music. Both Carnatic Music and Hindustani music proliferated in this region. The 'Haridasa' movement of 16th century has bestowed the status of performing art style to Carnatic music. Various dance forms namely Veeragase and Kamsale etc ennoble the culture of Karnataka. Dollu Kunitha is a special dance form practiced by male shepherds of Kuruba community with the accompaniment of coloured drums. Devare Thatte Kunitha, Yellammana Kunitha, Suggi Kunitha and others have derived their names from the deity or the symbol or instruments that are used. Karnataka patronizes Bharatanatyam, the illustrious dance style of South India. Other mainstream classical dances here include Kuchipudi and Kathak.
Cuisine of Karnataka
The rich heritage of culture of Karnataka makes an ideal tourist spot. Karnataka's richness in culture and tradition, epitomizing through the wondrous monuments, has mesmerized every one from teens to oldies.
Literature in Karnataka
The place is renowned for its classical folk theatre Yakshagana. Contemporary theatres too flourished in full-fledge in Karnataka. Activities of theatre organizations like Ninasam, Ranga Shankara and Rangayana are quite prominent in the state. The highly acclaimed Mysore school of painting, which is rich in Mysore Painting, had its origin in Karnataka. Kannada literature is a well- known name in the world of Indian literature.
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