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First Online: July 1995
Last Updated: November 01, 2016

The first World Kannada Convention (Vishwa Kannada Sammelana – Mysore 1989) provided me with a golden opportunity to photograph and experience the richness of folk artistry of Karnataka. Most of the following  color photographs were taken during the celebration that followed the conference, and documented years later with the help of my wife, Dr. Jyotsna Kamat who identified them.

– K. L. Kamat  in The Timeless Theater CD-ROM.

The List of Folk Artists of Karnataka

Karaga (Dance offering to mother earth)
Hinged Horsey (Keelu Kudure)
Somana Kunita
Pungi Kunita (Blow Horn)
Jagateya Kunubi (a.k.a. Kudubi)
Halage Mela  Wooden Plank Musician
Folk Artist - Helavaru
Hinged Horse Dance
Drum-Dancers (Dholu Kunita)
Hinged Horsey (Keelu Kudure)
Huttari Dancer from Coorg
Fancy Dress : Queen of Chitradurga
Sun Dancers from Shimoga
Preta Nritya : South Kanara
Chowdikeyavaru - Dharwad
Decorated Elephant Rider - Mysore
Folk Dancers
Halage Player
Dholu Player

Hero of Bayalata (Doddata) from Bijapur
Fancy Dress
Fortune (Kani) Teller
Somana Kunita (Sun Dance)
Pooja Dancers (Karaga)Giant Rolling Drum Dance (Jaga-Halage)
Karade-Vadya from Dharwad
Kunubi Folk Dances
Shehanai Player
Bugle Blower
Nandi-Kolu of Mysore
Pungi Nudisuvavanu
Haremela - Uttara Kannada
Halege Mela
Romance of the Elderly (Mudukana Maduve)

Handy Tip Due to slowness of the large pictures, we have moved them offline. However, they are available upon request (send mail to Contact Kamats). All of the pictures above are available on The Timeless Theater CD-ROM (ISBN:1929648006), which is available at Barnes&Noble and Amazon.

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Folk Artists of Karnataka
Folk Artists of Karnataka

Mask of Somana KunitaA Folk Dancers Mask Decorated with Fresh FlowersThe horny couple (Mudukana Maduve)The hinged horse dance (keelu-kudure)
Hinged Horsey (keelu -kudure) Dance on StiltsA Male Folk Artist Dressed as a QueenThe decorations of the fortune (kani) tellerMask of Somana Kunita
The devotee at Karaga (offerings to mother earth)Pungi Kunita -- The Dance with Blow HornMan Blowing the Horn NagaswaramFolk Artist in Red Rumal

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