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A Vatara (Kannada: ವಠಾರ) is a type of housing, similar to an apartment complex, typically found in urban Karnataka, India. Vataras usually have two storeys, with a row of homes on each floor. They usually have a common courtyard in the middle. They are usually occupied by middle-class families and students and typically have a single owner, who may or may not live in the same vatara.
In popular culture
Life in vataras is portrayed in some Kannada films, e.g. Ganeshana Maduve directed by Phani Ramachandra. A popular TV serial in Kannada called Vatara (featuring the popular actor "Comedy Time" Ganesh) portrayed life in a vatara in Bangalore.
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