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Appealing: The renovated Janapada Loka.
Appealing: The renovated Janapada Loka.

Special Correspondent

A Bangalore-based firm has renovated Janapada Loka

Bangalore: Those travelling between Bangalore and Mysore often make a stopover at Kamat Lokaruchi for a traditional kadubu-chutney breakfast. But not many bother to take a peek into the precious treasure trove of traditions, — Janapada Loka — a folk museum started by the late H.L. Nage Gowda, next to the restaurant.

Always a great place if you want a bird’s eye view of the folk traditions of Karnataka — from audio and video recording of folk performances to objects of everyday living such as manual grinding stones and milk churners — the museum complex now has a more organised look and feel about it.

A Bangalore-based design and research firm, Jackfruit, has renovated and redesigned the museum.

All three sections of the museum, Lokamahal, Chitrakuteera and Lokamatha Mandira, have been rearranged by Annapurna Garimella of Jackfruit.

For example, objects in the mandira are divided into four groups namely, domestic kitchen objects, utilitarian household objects, agricultural farming implements and objects related to animal husbandry.

Architect Ceejo Cyriac has devised a new low-cost display system in accordance with the standards of museum display in the world. The design highlights the objects on display and their diverse ethnographic identities. The display boards are in Kannada and English.

Mr. Gowda started Janapada Loka in 1994 to familiarise urban people with rural culture and folk practices and to preserve it for future generations. The museum’s collection grew over time, with people contributing objects generously from their household and what they found in the neighbourhood.

The refurbished Janapada Loka should indeed appeal more than ever to the urban eye.

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