Based on the content and purpose, folk dances of Karnataka
are categorised as religious and secular.
Most folk dances owe their existence to religion and are performed during
fairs, festivals and other religious occasions celebrated by a local communities.
The dances like 'Nandi Dhwaja', 'Lingada-Berana', Gorava
dance, Veeragase, Beesu Kamsale and Puravanthike are dedicated to the
worship of Lord Shiva.
Bhagawanthike, Pata Kunitha and Bana Devara Kunitha are
dances performed to worship Lord Vishnu.
Mariammana Kunitha, Urimarammana Kunitha, Puja, Karaga,
Dollu, Soman Kunitha, Harige, Sedere, Bhoota Nrutya, Naga Nrutya, Vatte
Kola, Kombat and Billat are being performed to worship all incarnations
of 'Shakti', the deity of power.