Monday, May 21, 2018

Email
 
 

 

 Karnataka

 Land
 History
 People
 Festivals
 Economy
 Arts
 Tourism
Government
 Cuisine
 Photo Gallery
 Yellowpages
 Real Estate
 Events
 Classifieds
 Jobs
 Education

Arts



Ballad Singers

A ballad has been defined as a narrative lyric of known or unknown origin that tells a story.

The ballads in Karnataka has been divided into two categories. They are 

  1. Field ballads or 'Bayalu Lavani'

  2. 'Mela' ballads or 'Mela Lavani'/'Gee Gee' songs

Fields ballads are extensively found in North Karnataka and are sung by a person who plays a folk instrument called the 'Dappu' and effortlessly sets empathy with the audience. The artiste sings the mythological, historical and social narratives.

'Mela' Ballads also popularly known as 'Gee Gee' songs are ubiquitous in North Karnataka.

 
The Mela ballads have assumed different forms. 'Hardeshi-Negeshi' is one such form conducted in a dialogue format involving two groups. These groups are also popularly referred as 'Kalgi-Turayi' consisting of male and female factions respectively. Because of its question and answer techniques, this ballad form is also described as 'Saval Jawab'. Sometimes women singers lead the female faction and add colour to the entire mela.

A group performance, Mela ballads derive their strength from strong narrative technique. In Mela ballads, the dialogues which form the major part of the performance are witty and thought provoking and some of the dialogues are extempore and exhibit a fine blending of music, verse and structure. These ballads with social, romantic, family based historical and heroic themes exemplify the basic human qualities like sacrifice, love, valour, joy, endurance, agony, vengeance and subsequently creating socially discernible situations and characters. examples of heroic ballads are Belwadi Mallamma, Kittur Chennamma and Malla Sarja. e.g. of romantic ballads are Ushaharana, Asala Jati Hennu.

'Gee Gee' song which forms part of the Mela ballads is said to be the queen of folk ballads. The style of rendering Gee Gee songs is different from ballads.

The Gee Gee mela consists of three members. They wear a head gear, a white dhoti and a coat with a piece of red cloth tied around their waist. A percussion instrument called the 'Dappu' is played besides the chowdike and the cymbals. There are women singers also. Gee Gee melas are held in fairs, festivals and private functions at the request of the village community. Gee Gee mela is given paramount importance among the mass of folk songs of Karnataka solely because of its secular nature.

The famous Gee Gee songs are heroic verses composed on Kittur Chennamma, Sangolli Rayanna and other valiant characters from the noble stock of pre-independence Karnataka. Besides ballads with historical themes, social and political themes are also popular among the masses.

The basic features of Gee Gee are the flexibility of theme, dexterity, simplicity and clarity. Anybody can sing Gee Gee. In some families Gee Gee singing is hereditary. There are professional Gee Gee singers also.

Gee Gee melas are conducted in North Karnataka in places like Salotagi, Ingalagi, Savalagi, Banahatti, Jamkhandi, Hankhandi, Madarkhandi, Bijjragi, Kanamadi, Belaji, Galgali, Athani, Yakanji, Hosur, Hukund, Gulbarga, Dagami, Ramapura, Navalgund, Hebbal and others.

Hanumanthappa Hadkara, Gangubai Manikatti, Fakiravva Gudisagara are the out standing Gee Gee singers. Gee Gee songs were used for political reasons to rouse the masses and to remove the Devadasi system.

The songs sound realistic. The folk instruments like the Dappu and the Chowdike offer a superb musical spectacle.


QUICK LINKS - WEBINDIA123.COM
CAREER OPTIONS
DATES AND EVENTS
INSTITUTES IN INDIA
STUDY ABROAD
UK, USA, Canada
CLASSIFIEDS
JOBS
MATRIMONIAL
ASTROLOGY
GORGEOUS CELEBRITIES
VIDEOS
E-CARDS
BEAUTY AND STYLE
HEALTH
COMMUNITY
FOOD
YOGA
CRAFTS
GARDENING
PHOTOS
Shopping
DEALS AND DISCOUNTS
YELLOW PAGES
TOUR PACKAGES
POCKET DICTIONARY
EVENTS
NEWS
WORLD TIME
DONATE BLOOD
AUTOMOBILE
CITY GUIDE
DANCE
FESTIVAL
FINANCE

GOVERNMENT

HISTORY
INDIAN CRAFTS
INDIA FACTS
law
MEDICINE
MUSIC
NRI
PERSONALITIES
RELIGION
SPICES
SPORTS
TOURISM
WILDLIFE
WOMEN
Kochi Biennale 2014
Andaman and Nicobar
Dadra and Nagar Haveli
Jammu and Kashmir
Manipur
Rajasthan
Andhra Pradesh
Daman and Diu
Jharkhand
Meghalaya
Sikkim
Arunachal Pradesh
Delhi
Karnataka
Mizoram
Tamil Nadu
Telangana
Assam
Goa
Kerala
Nagaland
Tripura
Bihar
Gujarat
Lakshadweep
Orissa
Uttar Pradesh
Chandigarh
Haryana
Madhya Pradesh
Pondicherry
Uttaranchal
Chhattisgarh
Himachal Pradesh
Maharashtra
Punjab
West Bengal

Copyright 2000- Suni Systems (P) Ltd.
All rights reserved