The biggest challenge before the Karnataka State Folk University is to end the indifference among the youth towards folklore, the former Vice-Chancellor of Kannada University, Hampi, B.A. Vivek Rai said here on Monday.

He was speaking at the valedictory function of the Akhila Bharata Janapada Sammelan in Bidar. He expressed concern at the growing disconnect between educated youth and the native culture of the land. “It is not easy to describe why they don't like it. It may be that folklore or other native arts are not being presented to them in a proper package. It now seems the duty of the folk university to understand the issue and find answers,” he said. He said the reduced market for folklore had affected the livelihood of folk artistes.

He said the folk university should devise ways to help the Government and cultural organisations save the artistes and promote the art.

He pointed out that narrow identities like caste and religion were dominating discussions about folklore.