Dance forms of India
region has tribes who are predominantly hunters and
food-gatherers. They have a large repertoire of songs
and dances which revolve around hunting, food-gathering
and burial funeral rites. The dodavas of Karnataka perform
the Balakat dance at harvest time.
The ritual dances revolving around worship of Lord Subramanya
are called Kavadis. The state has an immense treasure
house of other ritualistic dances, all denoted by the
generic term Kunitha. In Puja Kunitha, there is a wooden
structure with a deity on the head; Devare Thatte Kunitha,
Yell-ammana Kunitha, Suggikunitha and others, each taking
its name from the deity or the symbol or instrument
which is balanced on the head, or held in the hand.
The Dollu Kunitha is a popular drum dance of Karnataka.
The men have large drums, decorated with coloured cloth,
slung from their necks, and they beat the drums as they
dance with nimble movements of the feet and legs. The
dance is at times accompanied by songs, which are either
religious or in praise of war.