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Kamsale dance

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  1. Indian culture will cover the salient aspects of Art Forms, Literature and Architecture from ancient to modern times.


Kamsale dance

What to study?

For Prelims and Mains: Kamsale dance- key facts and significance.



About Kamsale:

  • Kamsale is known as Beesu Kamsale. It is a unique folk art performed by the devotees of God Mahadeshwara.
  • Kamsale also refers to a brass made musical instrument. Its origin is traced to the Mythological period. The kamsale comprises a cymbal in one hand and a bronze disc in the other and is used to produce a rhythmic clang.
  • It is a group dance form performed by the menfolk in villages in the Mysore, Nanjanagudu, Kollegala and Bangalore areas in Karnataka.
  • Kamsale is used both as an instrument and also as a prop by the dancers themselves.
  • The Kamsale nritya is closely connected to a tradition of Male Mahadeshwara, or Lord Shiva worship by the haalu kuruba community. Most of the dancers are also drawn from this community.
  • The dance is performed to rhythmic and melodious music that is sung in praise of “Lord Male Mahadeshwara” or “Shiva”. The dance is a part of a ‘diiksha’, or oath and is taught by teacher or spiritual leader.


Sources: the hindu.