Traditional utensils are on display; several competitions being held
The Maharani Lakshmi Ammanni Women's College was a riot of colour on Thursday, with students dressed in traditional clothes, and lanterns and streamers decorating the venue.
The occasion was the inauguration of the two-day Janapada Mela, an annual event showcasing rural culture and folk flavour, with a variety of activities for visitors and students.
The venue was a feast for the eyes and the stomach, many of the students wearing bright saris and half-saris, and thatched stalls selling aromatic food, most of which was brought by staff and students from home. Traditional vessels and utensils were also on display.
A stall to mark the Sankranti sold groundnuts, beans, and sugarcane.
Plenty of competitive events including activities such as dancing, singing, cooking, hair-braiding, and traditional games such as kunte bille (hopscotch), lagori (seven stones) contributed to the energetic ambience. A rangoli competition will take place on Friday, along with hagga jaggaata (tug-of-war).
Manjunath C., Head of Kannada Department, said that in addition to students, parents as well as staff members attended the event, all of whom had an enjoyable time. Such fests emphasising rural culture ought to take place in every college, he said. “Youngsters these days are unable to recognise traditional food. They eat burgers, pizzas, and celebrate Mother's Day, Father's Day, Valentine's Day, and so on, but they cannot identify raagi mudde.”
Lamenting the fact that traditional food is not easily available these days, he said that the Janapada Mela, now in its third edition, aims to inculcate awareness about rural cultures from all over the country.