Folk artistes steal the show

Along with cheering the procession, onlookers waived through every cultural troupe and artistes as the folk troupes from across country mesmerised the audience for about two hours.

The cultural pageantry brought to fore some of the best rural music and dance at the final day of Dasara festivities here on Sunday.

As the police band and canons passed the dais, the Suggi Kunitha and the Damami dance of Uttara Kannada style were the first among the cultural troupes to present their rural art before the dignitaries and the spectators.

The folk artistes from Udupi just rocked the audience with their unique style. The Bedara Kunitha and Huli Vesha was accompanied with the fire spitting artistes dressed as spirits were the highlight of the event. Thamate nrutya (dance) and Garudi Nrutya of Davanagere and Chandemela of Chandemela Kala Sangha of Mysore took the cultural kaleidoscope to a new high, artistes from Bostwana performed their traditional dance.

 The Palegara Vesha and Karaga Nruthya by Bangalore rural artistes also mesmerised the crowd. The traditional Veeragase, Dollu Kunitha by Chikamagalur artistes and Nandi Kolu dance of Hassan, the Bhootha Kunitha, Kangilu Kunitha of Dakshina Kannada, Hejje Mela and Kani Vadana by Raichur troupe, the Pooja Kunitha and Somana Kunitha of Ramanagar, Goravara Kunitha of Chamarajanagar brought myriad folk culture unfolding at the Palace premises.

The Kodava Kunitha from Kodava artistes, Jhanj Pathak by artistes from Belgaum and Veerabhadra Kunitha and Kamsale artistes from Mysore entertained the audience.

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