Folk Songs and Singers
The popular music of folk-songs, Yakshagana and open-air plays has a unique
cultural value. Karnataka state has different folk musical traditions
with a variety of themes, subtlety of thought and wide range of human
interest. Each form is distinct from the other and rivals in creative
aspect. They have a multiple variety of folk songs in northern and southern
For the purpose of classification, two groups of folk
singers of Karnataka have been identified on the basis of their vocational
interests. They are (a) Professional singers (b) Ballad singers.
Professional singers are again classified into (a) Professional
Religious singers (b) Professional secular singers.