• Kamsale: Mangala roti yetti

    Kamsale is a folk singing and dance performance. It derives its name from the cymbal, 'Kamsale', which is regarded as a symbol of the folk deity Madesha. Kamsale is performed exclusively by males in the Mysore area of Karnataka. This piece is the concluding part of the performance- arati (prayer) for the deity Madhappa.

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    Performer(s) : Mahadevappa and party
    Collection : Gayathri R. Kassebaum

    Chaudike Pada

    Chaudike Pada is a musical katha tradition which revolves around Ellamma, the personification of the goddess Mariyamma. She is the protector of the community and a healer, though when displeased brings smallpox and other infectious diseases. Chaudike pada performances are essential for the worship of Ellamma and deities connected with her.

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    Performer(s) : Saranu Saranamma Devi
    Collection : Gayathri R. Kassebaum

    Burra Katha

    Burra katha is a part of the katha tradition of oral narratives prevalent in south India. It consists of several historical and mythological themes. It is normally performed by a husband and wife team.

    Track Information : Burrakatha Peethikalu by Anjanappa. This song is an appeal to the goddess Saraswati to protect the performers from errors in performance, followed by a song addressed to Gananatha (Lord Ganesha),
    Performer(s) : Anjanappa
    Collection : Gayathri R. Kassebaum


    Paddanas are narrative legends describing the story of many Tulu spirits, their origin and heroic deeds and prowess. The spirits that are worshiped under this tradition range from being totemic in nature, to 'Puranic' Hindu deities and also heroes who have met with a tragic death. They are sung in a high-flown and embellished language containing many archaic expressions, descriptions and figures of speech.

    Track Information : Kini Manega: Tulu Paddana by Kargi and Payyu.
    Performer(s) : Kargi and Payyu
    Collection : Peter Claus
  • Jogi Kathe

    The jogi katha performers are called kinnari jogis, taking their name from the stick zither- kinnari. The performance usually consists of four males who form a small ensemble.The kathe - stories, are interspersed with songs which are relevant to the story.

    Track Information : Chinti yatako manuja, bhranti yatako by Guddappa Jogi and group. A musical interlude in the performance of the story of Rajahamsa Parahamsa, this is a kirtan composed by Purandaradasa, a Kannada saint poet of the sixteenth century, that says " why do you have worries and illusions in your mind?".
    Performer(s) : Guddappa Jogi and group
    Collection : Gayathri R. Kassebaum