Karnataka as a patron of arts has nurtured it into the exemplary. Poets, musicians, dancers, thespians, storytellers, writers, artists have flourished in these parts and have contributed to the state’s well-versed repertoire. India’s most respected schools of music, Carnatic and Hindustani over the centuries, were perfected here, with the state bringing forth many greats – Gangubai Hangal, Puttaraj Gawai, Pt. Bhimsen Joshi and Purandara Dasa, among others. Bharatanatyam, Kuchipudi, Kathak, and Odissi have found their niche in the mainstream culture, and the state boasts some of the best schools in the country. Its characteristic penchant for vibrancy can be seen from the state’s performing arts, which it has perfected into one of extravagance, drama and sheer delight.
A slew of folk arts have their roots in ritualistic performances. While Yakshagana is undisputedly the poster-child of the art forms, its lesser known counterparts are as enthralling as they are many. We’ve listed them out for you here