Folk rituals of the Tuluva Region of coastal Karnataka
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Folk rituals of the Tuluva Region of coastal Karnataka by U. Padmanabha Upadhyaya

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Published by Regional Resources Centre for Folk Performing Arts in Udupi .
Written in English



  • Tulunadu (India),
  • India,
  • Tulunadu,
  • Tulunadu.


  • Rites and ceremonies -- India -- Tulunadu,
  • Folk dancing -- India -- Tulunadu.,
  • Tulunadu (India) -- Religious life and customs.

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Edition Notes

StatementU.P. Upadhyaya, Susheela P. Upadhyaya.
ContributionsUpadhyaya, Susheela P., Regional Resources Centre for Folk Performing Arts (Karnataka, India)
LC ClassificationsBL2015.R48 U63 2002
The Physical Object
Paginationviii, 120 p., [8] p. of plates :
Number of Pages120
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL3709344M
LC Control Number2003306079

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CiteSeerX - Document Details (Isaac Councill, Lee Giles, Pradeep Teregowda): Tulu is the language spoken in Dakshina Kannada district, the coastal region of Karnataka state of South India, which is also traditionally known as Tulunadu (the Tuluva region). Since the language functions as a powerful medium of folk expression in this region, oral literature in Tulu is abundant and varied. The ancient Tulu nadu extended from Gokarna in the north, all along coastal Karnataka up to Kasargod in the south. This included both coastal Uttara Kannada district as well as all of Dakshina Kannada district. Over many centuries the principal language of Tulu nadu was Tulu. Organizing Text-Performance-Documentation and Reconstruction of rare Folk Performing is our second creative programme for preserving ancient culture by documenting. Coastal Karnataka has a rich oral literature and folk dances. They relate to the life and culture of the region and are inextricably linked with the tradition and.   In normal times Buntwal is referred to as the rice bowl of the Karnataka coast, repository of coastal culture, folk theatre and performing arts and a vibrant agrarian society.

  Culture Garadi. The coastal regions of Karnataka and Kerala had a very active martial-arts tradition, and many Billava families still continue this tradition. This helped them develop a community identity. They built Garadis similar to Kalaris in Kerala in honour of their folk heroes Koti and Chennayya. Folk Dances of Karnataka. Folk dances are dances that are developed by people that reflect the life of the people of a certain country or term “folk dance” is reserved for dances which are to a significant degree bound by tradition and originated in the times when the distinction existed between the dances of “common folk” and the dances of the high society. Bunt (/ ˈ b ʌ n t /) is an Indian community, who traditionally inhabit the coastal districts of Karnataka. With agrarian origins, Bunts had a martial background and are the landed gentry of the region. The Bunts today are a largely urbanised community. The traditional folk arts cover the entire gamut of music, dance, drama, storytelling by itinerant troupes, etc. Yakshagana, a classical folk play, is one of the major theatrical forms of coastal Karnataka. Contemporary theatre culture in Karnataka is one of the most vibrant in India with organizations like Ninasam, Ranga Shankara and Rangayana.

This folklore is the storehouse of the rich historical legacy of the Tulu speaking people. The folkloristic compositions of the region narrate the stories of the cultural heroes and heroines of the Tululvas-their sacrifices and tribulations, hence, scholars from India and abroad have shown keen intrest in studying the Tulu folk culture. Atidonji dina, a festival of Tuluva culture, food and tradition organised by the Pilikula Nisargadhama, Karnataka Tulu Sahitya Academy, Mangalore Taluk Mahila Mandalagala Okkoota and Kannada and.   In most of the Tuluva families in coastal region a ritual of ‘Aatida Agel’ a kind of tradition (Remembering the late members of the family) is being performed on the day of ‘Aatida Amavase’ to please the souls of deceased members of the family. Hence the region is referred to as “Parashurama Srishti.” Visits to seven well-known temples of Parashurama kshetra (Tulu Nadu) will bring countless blessings to the devotees. The seven temples all nestled in the coastal Karnataka are in Udupi, Kolluru, Subramanya, Gokarna, Kumbasi, Koteshvara and Shankaranarayana.