In this dance, the performers show their love for the almighty by dancing and singing. In the months of Karthika and Sharavana, the Hindu god is praised through performing this dance. The Hindu God Veerbhadra is praised throughout the Veeragase dance in the state of Karnataka. The singers, musicians, and dancers comprise the whole troupe of six members.
Costume and Makeup
Lingadevaru is a costume specially designed for Veeragase dance.
The performers wear the shirts of colors according to the regional variations from saffron, white, or even parrot green. Rudraksha mala around their necks which looks like Dakshbrahma’s head and also Rudra Muke which is a belt studded with gems and also the neck is adorned with Nagabharaana which looks like a snake. the wrist bands and red waistbands are worn along with anklets. The Vibhooti made from firewood is applied on their forehead, ears, and eyebrows for the artist’s make up.
The flute, drums, and veena are played in this type of performance. The story of Lord Shiva and king Daksha is narrated by the singer.
The dance is performed in both religious and non-religious ways. This dance is becoming very popular. The dancers pierce their bodies with needles. this way they express their devotion to their god Veerbhadra. The females do not take part.