Its handicrafts in sandalwood and ivory has practically no parallel
Karnataka’s links with the rest of the country are strong and varied. The Kanada people are influenced by other linguistic groups and have in turn influenced them.in the economic field Karnataka is primary producer of coffee, cardamom, paper, cashew, silk and a variety of manufactured products and engineering appliance.Its handicrafts in sandalwood and ivory has practically no parallel.
The seeds of modern industrialization were sown in princely Mysore.
Karnataka today products aircraft, sophisticated machine tools, electronic equipment and telephones, thanks to the establishment of Hindustan Aeronautics ltd., Hindustan Machine tools ltd., Bharat Electronics ltd., and Indian telephone industries, all of which are major government of India undertakings. Much of the industrial activity is concentrated in Bangalore, primarily because of its salubrious climate and easy accessibility by road and air.
Irrigation and electricity have combined to make Karnataka look what it is today. Krishnarajasagar in south and Tungabhadra dam in central Karnataka represent the major irrigation works in the state, heralding a new way of life to the agricultural community.
Acres of irrigated paddy, ragi and jowar stand as testimony to the fruits of these `modern temples’. Terylene and trasistor radio have invaded the village life. The laced Mysore turban, once a sign of middle -class respectability, has been discarded by the youth who would prefer a Guru shirt and no headgear at all.
Rice, through less nutritious, is taking the place of the traditional staple food-ragi, and jowar -just because it is considered by the village folk as the `in thing.’ coupled with new irrigation is the introduction of Hybrid and quick -yielding varieties. Despite prosperity in some agricultural families, the `Bada Boregowda’ looks up to the sky and propitiates the rain God because nearly ninety per cent of land is without assured water.
The Sivasamudram hydel project, the first in India, and the sharavathi power complex are situated in some of the most picturesque parts of Karnataka. The Sharavathi project, which is Karnataka’s principal power source, has been built across the small river of Saravathi where it takes a plunge into a tremendous chasm, 950 ft in depth.