Staff Correspondent

‘Kodava Sahitya Academy and parishat should take the lead’

Three-day ‘Hadi Habba’ ends in Madikeri

Tribal people hailed for fostering their art and culture

Madikeri: The Joint Director of the Department of Kannada and Culture, K.T. Chikkanna, on Sunday mooted the idea of documenting the art and culture of more than 22 linguistic groups in the district to preserve them for posterity.


He was speaking at the valedictory function of the three-day “Hadi Habba”, featuring various tribal dance forms, at the Cauvery Kalakshetra here.

Organisations such as the Kodava Sahitya Academy and the Kannada Sahitya Parishat should take the lead in documenting such art forms. Organising programmes such as “Hadi Habba” would help the tribal art to survive, Mr. Chikkana said.

‘Mother of all cultures’

The art and culture of the tribal people should be viewed as the “mother of all cultures”, Mr. Chikkanna said.

It had evolved in the jungles where civilisation had not penetrated, the official said.

The forest and its living beings were everything to the adivasis, he said.


Mr. Chikkanna lauded the tribal people for fostering their art and culture in the jungles on their own.

Aspects of art and culture were being ignored in the country wake of globalisation, he said.

This trend was dangerous and needed to be arrested, he said. The youth should be ready to accept these challenges in order to save the art and culture for the next generation, he said.

The Chief Executive Officer of the Kodagu Zilla Panchayat, K.R. Sundar, inaugurated the function.

The Superintendent of Police, Sandeep Patil, was the chief guest.

Folk dances

Tribal troupes from various “hadis” (tribal colonies) in Kodagu and Periyapatna taluk performed folk dances on the occasion.

The programme was organised by the Department of Kannada and Culture, South Zone Cultural Centre, Tanjore, in association with the Kodagu TV Media Association and “Parampara Koota” of the Field Marshal K.M. Cariapa College.