Dussehra and Sri Krishna Janmashtami are the
two festivals that are celebrated with enthusiasm.
Dance is a unique form of folk dance in Dakshina Kannada
that fascinates all people. Since tiger is considered as the
favoured carrier of Goddess Sharada (the deity in whose honour
celebrated), this dance is performed during the Dussehra celebration.
It is also performed during other festivals like Krishna Janmashtami,
festival is also one of the festivals especially celebrated
in Mangalore. It commences from July 17 and runs
up to August
15. Aatikalanja is a ritualistic folk dance performed by the
Nalke community. Kalanja is the name of a minor spirit
who is in charge of the protection of the village folk during
of July-August, the rainy season.