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Song and dance of Kodavas

  • Baalo Paat
    • Traditional Kodava folk song usually starts with the words ‘Baalo Baalo’ and is hence colloquially called ‘Baalo Paat’. Baalo is a common blessing which means Live Long and paat means song. Most Kodava songs are traditionally sung by four men beating small drums called dudis. Each line has about 7 to 8 syllables and the song is sung in a simple tune of four or five notes to a slow beat. These songs are generally sung during marriage and death ceremonies and at village and temple festivals. Traditional Kodava folk dances are performed to the beat of many of these songs.
    • Baalo Paat Kalachanda team

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