Folk art and traditions vanishing: Dr Kannika

In the current scenario where people are behind money, folk art and traditions have become invisible in the society, said Kuvempu Kannada Adhyayana Samsthe professor, Dr Kannika.

She was speaking at the inauguration of the workshop on training for folk groups conducted by district health and family welfare department at Nanjaraja Bahaddur choultry on Wednesday. “Folk culture and traditions are supposed to be near and dear to us, but in today’s world, there is a need to search for them. Artists who are supposed to attract the audiences are busy in trying to make money. The politics between art and artists is the main reason for the extinct of folk art,” she said.

“There are around 3036 folk art in our state. But none of it has managed to come to limelight. As an artist, the main aim should be to bring his/her art form to the public. If not, along with the art, the artist too becomes extinct,” she added.

“Art forms such as kamsale, dollu kunitha, patakunitha can be performed by both men and women. But women artists are yet to come to limelight. The reason behind this is irregular wages. There should be no discrimination between the wages of men and women. Only then can a woman can come forward in society,” she said.

Teams from Mysuru, Mandya, Chamarajanagar, Hassan, Chikkamagaluru, Kodagu and Dakshina Kannada took part in the workshop.

District health and family welfare officer Dr B Basavaraju, theatre artist Vinayak Bhat, Rajahanumayya, Dr Maheshwarappa, Prakash and others were present.

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