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Art-Crafts of Karnataka

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Bhootha Aradhane, Harige, Naga Nrutya and Vatte Kola

No less interesting is the Bhootha Aradhane or devil worship, very common in the coastal towns of Karnataka. Idols representing 'bhoothas' are taken out in a procession to the beating of drums and bursting of firecrackers. As the procession ends, the idols are placed on a pedestal.


Bidriware is a craft exclusive to Bidar, the 16th century capital town of the Bahamani Sultanate. Pretty designs are engraved on it with a growing chisel. Thereafter it is inlaid with pure silver wire which is then polished with a buffing machine.

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Doll making is another craft famous in Karnataka evenly arranged on wooden platforms, decorated and displayed during the nine day Dusshera. Kinnal and Gokak in north Karnataka and Channapatna on the Bangalore/Mysore are famous for doll-making.

Folk Art and Craft

Some of Karnataka's folk arts and age-old rituals have given rise to many traditional handicrafts. The worship of spirits-the bhuta cult-in the coastal districts has confident the making of huge wooden idols, some of which are kept outside villages as guardians of the inhabitants.

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Ivory Carving

Lvory carving is another well-liked craft prevailing in the entire state. Articles carved delicately without excessively ornate image adjoining the figures, mostly showcasing the figures of god and goddess.

Karnataka Mysore Paintings

The story of Karnataka's arts and crafts is never comprehensive without a reference to the traditional Mysore paintings.

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Krishna Parijatha

A folk theatre art form well-liked in Uttar Karnataka. It is a mixture of Yakshagana and Byalatta with themes culled from the great epic Mahabharata.

Kunitha & Dollu-Kunitha

In Pata Kunitha, the major emphasis is more on the manipulation of pata (embellished bamboo pole, each measuring 10 to 15 feet high, carried by 10 to 15 artistes) than the narration.

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Metal Ware

Bidar in Karnataka, is a famous for bidriware-a craft done on a metal plate of zinc, copper, tin and lead. Bidri articles ornamental jugs, bowls, plates pen holders, candle sticks and even paper knives. Nagamangala near Mysore is famous for its bronze items and Mangalore in the west coast boasts of domestic articles made of bell-metal.

Mysore Silk

The very word silk has a touch of class about it. Sensuous and romantic, it has captivated man for many centuries. In Karnataka, as in other parts of India where silk is fancied, it is, in fact, a way of life.

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The People of Dakshina Kannada perform an elaborate ritual called Nagamandala to appease the serpent spirit. It is conducted in an extravagant manner throughout the night, wherein dancers known as the Vaidyas dress themselves as nagakannikas and dance the night away.

Sandalwood Craft

Sandal wood is native to the deciduous forests of Karnataka. Intricate carving in sandal wood has been practiced in Karnataka for over 1000 years. This expert skill handed down for generations, is concentrated in the Uttara Kannada and Bangalore districts of Karnataka.

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Stone Carvers

Shilpis the stone carvers of Karnataka are supreme of all, they had won the master crafts-man awards at the national level while others have been assigned to carve stone idols for Hindu temples abroad, especially in the USA.


A trip to the coastal belt would be incomplete without watching the Yakshagana - an elaborate dance-drama performance unique to Karnataka. It is a rare combination of dance, music, songs, scholarly dialogues and colourful costumes.

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The Craft of Wood Carving

Karnataka has come to occupy pride of place in the field of wood carving. Holding a Vast densely populated forest reserves, the State provides enough raw material for its craftsmen who continue to employ age-old techniques for carving, inlay-work, coating, painting and lacquer articles in wood.


More Arts and Crafts in Karnataka

>> Karnataka Mysore Paintings

>> Krishna Parijatha

>> Kunitha

>> Nagamandala

>> Sandalwood Craft

>> Stone Carvers

>> The Craft Of Wood Carving

>> Yakshagana

>> Bhootha Aradhane

>> Doll Making

>> Folk Art And Craft

>> Ivory Carving

>> Bidriware

>> Metal Ware

>> Mysore Silk


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