If religious dances arouse religious sentiments of the people, the secular
dances provide entertainment. Kolata, Chit mela, Marakalu Kunitha, Chennu
Kunitha and Simha Nrutya are some of the important secular folk dances
in the state.`
'Chit mela' which is performed by a group of ten artistes
and is replete with colourful exhibition of eye-catching presentation
is dominated by an unusual butterfly like display.
The folk art of Chennu Kunitha, the harvest dance found
in Puttur, Coondapura and other villages of South Kanara give an insight
into the cheapest mode of communication through entertainment.
The folk dance of 'Maragalu Kunitha' consist of unique
wooden legs which the artistes literally wear to gain unusual height.
Wearing uniquely designed artificial legs the artiste easily captures
the attention of the people through executing impressive but difficult