Culture and Art Forms of Karnataka

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Karnataka, the eighth largest State in India is one of the most beautiful states in the country.


Both in area and population Karnataka is an enormous state. The states like Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Kerala surround Karnataka from all sides.

The Culture and Art Forms of Karnataka are as follows:


Cultures of Karnataka

The southern state of Karnataka, in India, has a distinct art and culture. The diverse linguistic and religious ethnicity that are native to state of Karnataka combined with their long histories have contributed immensely to the varied cultural heritage of the state.


Apart from Kannadigas, Karnataka is home to Tuluvas, Kodavas and Konkanis who also consider themselves as Kannadigas.



Karnataka is the only Indian state where both Hindustani and Carnatic singers flourish. North Karnataka is predominantly famous for Hindustani music and South Karnataka is well known for Carnatic music.


Cultural linkage of music into the lives of the natives. During this period music lovers flock to the city and participate in live music concerts.


Karnataka has a variety of folk arts, including folk dance and puppetry.


Kunitha: a ritual dance

The ritual dances of Karnataka are known as Kunitha. One such dance is the Dollu Kunitha, a popular dance form accompanied by singing and the beats of decorated drums.


This dance is primarily performed by men from the shepherd or Kuruba caste. The Dollu Kunitha is characterized by vigorous drum beats, quick movements and synchronized group formations.


The Bengal renaissance, along with the general influence of Ravi Varma school of painting, influenced the Mysore school of painting.


King Krishnaraja Wodeyar III patronised famous painters including Sundarayya, Tanjavur Kondayya and Alasinrayya. King Krishnaraja Wodeyar IV patronised K.Venkatappa, Keshavayya, Y.Nagaraju, Y.Subramanya Raju, Paavanje and Kamadolli. Chitrakala Parishat is an organisation in Karnataka dedicated to promote visual arts, particularly the folk and traditional art.


Utsav Rock Garden which is located in Gotagodi Village, Shiggaon Taluk, Haveri District, Karnataka. It includes innumerable sculptures depicting rural life of Karnataka and also wide array of creative and modern paintings. Cultural Tourist Center near Hubli.


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