At the inaugural function of the Kannada Janapada Parishat in Bangalore, veteran actor Rajesh said that the state government should take care of its artists who help sustain its rich folklore, tradition and culture. He said that folklore was the root of music and the rich heritage of Kannada had already passed through three linguistic phases. He also added that folklore had not lost its originality, despite the developments and changes that Kannada literature had witnessed over the years. The common people living in rural areas and villages were responsible for the folklore and heritage of the state.

 

In Bangalore, the number of people who speak Kannada are dwindling, and Kannadigas are becoming a minority in their own state. In fact, the number of Kannada-speaking people should have increased as modern Kannada literature has grown over the years. But, unfortunately, that didn’t happen in our state. As organizations and institutions alone cannot save Kannada and folklore, the state government’s intervention is necessary, Rajesh said.

 

Speaking on the occasion, Velu of Lahari Recording Company said that the Padma Awards were being given to people for their achievements in various fields, but folklore artists were neglected.  Even the broadcast of folklore programs in Akashvani, too, was rare, and the Union Government’s intervention had to be sought.

 

Kannada Janapada Parishat's City Unit President, H S Sudhindra Kumar added that a survey will be conducted to identify various artists practicing and popularising folklore spread across Bangalore would be identified. Besides this, a permanent centre would be opened in Bangalore, as well as an awareness programme for students that would take place by organizing programmes at the school and college levels.