Janapada academy to upload it on website

Kannada folk music will soon be just a click away. The Karnataka Janapada Academy proposes to record folk music being rendered by artistes upload them on its website so that it reaches a larger audience.

“We want to record the folk music and upload it on our website. There is a very rich tradition of folk music in Karnataka and it should reach a larger audience, including our people settled abroad. This will happen soon,” said academy chairman Banandoor Kempaiah.

An accomplished folk musician, Mr. Kempaiah, said there is a need to document folk music.

Academy registrar B.N. Paraddi told The Hindu that the website is being redesigned as the academy was not satisfied with the earlier design. “The moment the webpage opens, the viewer should feel the richness of our folklore. We want to give a comprehensive information about folk music.” “Besides folk music, we are trying to upload information on other folk forms for which Karnataka is known. The profiles of the people who promoted folklore will also be documented,” Mr. Paraddi said.

Achievements of the academy and its activities will also be posted on the website.

Mr. Paraddi said that folk music rendered by several artistes would be recorded and uploaded on the website (with additions made to it from time to time) for the benefit of folk enthusiasts.

Speaking to The Hindu , folk singer H. Janardhan (Janni) complimented the academy for its move to upload folk music on its website. He said it will enable people identify “genuine folk music”.

“The younger generations are net savvy. They do not know much about our folk tradition. If we provide music at a click of a button, they will also be able to listen to our music. This way we can promote folk music,” Mr. Janardhan added.