Mangalore is the largest city in Dakshina Kannada district and is one of the most cosmopolitan non-metro cities of India.
Many classical dance forms and folk art are practiced in the city. The Yakshagana, a night-long dance and drama performance, is held in Mangalore,while Pilivesha (literally, tiger dance), a folk dance unique to the city, is performed during Dasara and Krishna Janmashtami.
Mangalore's economy is dominated by the industrial, commercial, agricultural processing and port-related activities. The New Mangalore Port is India's eighth largest port, in terms of cargo handling. It handles 75 per cent of India's coffee exports and the bulk of its cashew nuts.
Mangalorean cuisine is largely influenced by South Indian cuisine, with several cuisines being unique to the diverse communities of the region. Coconut and curry leaves are common ingredients to most Mangalorean curry, as are ginger, garlic and chili.
Well-known Mangalorean dishes include Kori Rotti, Neer dosa, Pundi, Patrode, Mangalore Buns, Mangalore bajji, Macaroon etc. Mangalorean Cuisine is also known for Fish and chicken dishes like Bangude Pulimunchi (spicy sour silver-grey mackerels), Boothai Gasi (Sardine Semi-Gravy), Anjal fry, Mangalorean Chicken Sukka, Kori rotti, Chicken Ghee Roast etc.
Since Mangalore is a coastal city, fish forms the staple diet of most people.
BA Mohiuddtn Bav of Congress is the current MLA and he defeated Krishna.J.Palemar of BJP.