Kundapur: Tribal and folk dance reflect rich culture of Karnataka in Bhandarkars College

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Kundapur: The day-long ‘tribal and folk cultural festival’ was inaugurated at Bhandarkars College Kundapur here on February 16.




The inaugural function began with an invocation by the students. Dr S P Narayan Shetty, Principal of the college, welcomed the gathering. Prof G M Udaykumar, programme co-ordinator, delivered the introductory remarks and explained the purpose of the festival.

Charulatha Somal, Assistant Commissioner of Kundapur, inaugurated the festival by lighting the lamp and wished the festival success.

In his keynote address, Dr Gangadhar Daivajna (professor of Tribal study centre, Kannada University Hampi) said, “All of us have a responsibility to conserve culture and tradition. Traditional dwellers have been conserving their tradition for ages. The tribals have to be brought to the main stream of the society while also conserving their art and culture. Tribals have been residing on the periphery of the forests for generations and have developed their own dance and music. There is a need to pass on the folk art to future generations,” he added.

Dr H Shantharam, administrator, Academy of General Education Manipal, presided over the function. Entrepreneur K Karthikeya Madhyastha and Degree college principal, G M Gonda were present.

After the inaugural function, 7 tribal troupes from Karnataka performed various tribal cultural dances.

Team of Akshara Koragara Gramina Abhivraddi Samsthe under the guidance of Ganesh Kundapur performed cultural dance of Koraga community. While Somayya Gonda Byndoor team performed Godna community cultural dance. The Siddhi tribal troupe form Yallapur thrilled the audience with their lively ‘Damama Dance’, ‘Pugadi dance’ and folk songs with rhythm-oriented performances. The crowd cheered when team Halakki Tribal group Belambara Ankola performed ‘Suggi Kunitha’, Team Mallikarjuna Kudubi Holi Janapada Kala Sangha Heggunje Mandarthi performed Holi folk dance of the Kudubi community which is performed during the Holi festival.

An exhibition on the folk culture of the district was held under the leadership of Srinivas, assistant teacher of Government Higher Primary School Surgoli Kundapur. Over 200 rural items were displayed at the exhibition.

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