Gollapudi Srinivasa Rao

School runs on permanent teaching staff of just two and non-teaching staff of three

WARANGAL: The School of Folk and Tribal Lore, a wing of Sri Potti Sriramulu Telugu University is unable to continue doing what it was created for -- identifying and documenting multi-faceted folklore. The school, one of the six schools established in 1995, had stopped the activities a year-and-a-half-ago for want of funds.

Fund flow had been meagre ever since its creation. The Telugu University and Ford Foundation gave some funds with which it could sustain itself for about four years.

The school has only two permanent teaching staff, 17 project staff on contract, three non-teaching permanent staff and an equal number of contract labour.

Good results

Despite this, the institute under the leadership of Bhaktavatsala Reddy has produced tremendous results. So far it has published two books on folk songs, documented 22 art forms of Warangal district, brought out 23 VCDs/DVDs on different aspects of folklore, computerised audio-visual archives, organised two State-level folk festivals, five regional level festivals, documented the folk life of East Godavari and Chittoor districts.

Speaking to The Hindu , Mr. Reddy said a proposal had been submitted to the State Government urging it to continue to support the activities undertaken by the Region Resource Centre for Folklife (RRCF), sanction permanent staff to the school and grant some finances. "Recently, the Telugu University gave Rs. 40,000 with which we wish to document the life of people displaced by the proposed Polavaram project," Mr. Reddy said adding that the programme needed further finances.