The Folk - 2

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Bangalore, India
April 24, 2017 10:34am CST
Hello friends, how was your day? Hope it was good. If you have read my last post on The Folk, I told you about Kodagu. Today let me introduce you to the folk dance of Mysore region. Mysore the region of culture and arts. The famous DASARA festival is held here every year. Mysore is also famous for its food, silk saree and many poets have emerged from here. There are various folk dances of Mysore. 1. Dollu Kunitha - This is a group dance named after the dollu used in its performance, and performed by the men of the Kuruba community. The group consists of 16 dancers, each wearing a drum and playing different rhythms while dancing. This is also performed by the women dancers. 2. Beesu Samasale and Kamsale Nritya - This is a group dance performed by village men in the Mysore, Nanjanagudu, Kollegala and Bangalore regions. It is named after the prop they use while dancing. The prop is made up of bronze and according to its rhythm the dancers move. This dance is connected to a tradition of worship of the lord Male Mahadeshwara, in which most of the dancers are drawn from kuruba caste. 3. Somana Kunitha - Somana Kunita (the Mask Dance) is a celebratory form of guardian spirit worship popular in southern Karnataka, performed in village shrines dedicated to the Mother Goddess by the Gangemata community. The dance is characterised by elaborate masks (somas) painted in a variety of colours, with each mask's colour indicating the god's nature. A benevolent deity is represented by a red mask, while a yellow or black mask suggests the opposite. There are many types of masks, differing from region to region. It is primarily celebrated after Ugadi and before the onset of the monsoon at Maha Shivaratri. The images are from google
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@Mass_Sonu (1052)
• India
24 Apr
@manasamanu Thank you for the further info too & Mysore has such a hoary past, well reflected in the Dusshera festival, still held by the Wodayar dynasty.
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• Bangalore, India
24 Apr
Yeah even with the lot of conflicts between the royals and the government, the dusshera is being celebrated very beautifully.
@ShifaLk (7261)
• India
25 Apr
Oh great Thanks
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• Bangalore, India
25 Apr
I hope you liked it.
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@ShifaLk (7261)
• India
25 Apr
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• Bangalore, India
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@Nawsheen (22898)
• Mauritius
24 Apr
Thank you for sharing. Very informative. There are so much colours in the pictures. I love it.
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• Bangalore, India
25 Apr
Thank you, it is colorful.
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@Nawsheen (22898)
• Mauritius
25 Apr
@manasamanu you are very well versed about the culture and traditions if your condition.
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@Corbin5 (65158)
• United States
24 Apr
Thank you for introducing us to Somana Kunitha, Beesu Samasale and Kamsale Nritya, and Dollu Kunitha. New information for me!!
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• Bangalore, India
24 Apr
Thanks I hope you enjoyed it.
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