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Simha Nrutya

Simha Nrutya (Lion Dance) is a popular dance form in Uttara Kannada District of Karnataka. It is usually performed by the Yakshagana artists.

The dancers replicate the movement of a lion. Costumes made of bark and yarn using natural dyes and a mask made of cotton resembling lion is worn. Two silver pangs are also inserted in the mouth to get a complete look of the fangs of lion.

It is mainly performed during the Yakshagana play, spreading the message of wildlife protection and the dangers of deforestation.

Updated on 7th June, 2005
District: Uttara Kannada

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