Gadag

Gadag  District - Karnataka

Gadag is a city in Karnataka state in India. It is the administrative headquarters of Gadag District. Gadag and its sister city Betageri (or Betgeri) have a combined city administration, and the municipality of Gadag-Betageri has a population of 154,849, and an area of 54.56 km².

Gadag immediately brings to mind the name of Naranappa, popularly known as Kumara Vyasa, the author of Karnata Bharata Kathamanjari. It is the classic Mahabharata in Kannada. Naranappa was born in the nearby village of Koliwada. He composed his work sitting before Lord Veera Narayana, his chosen deity. The temples of Veera Narayana and Trikuteshwara [1] are places of religious and historic importance. The blind singer Ganayogi Panchakshari Gawayi belonged to Gadag. His music school (Veereshwara Punyashrama) [[2]] is famous. The Tontadarya Matha of the Veerashaiva sect of Hinduism is engaged in many educational and literary activities in and around Gadag.

There is a legend about Gadag that if you throw a stone in town it would either land at a printing press or on a handloom. Gadag has a lot of printing presses including the "Honbali Brothers and the Shabadi Math Printing Press. Betgeri, which is an adjacent town to Gadag, is famous for handlooms.

Gadag has been a important seat of Hindustani music in north Karnataka, and is home to the Hindustani singer Pandit Bhimsen Joshi.

 


 
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