: Expressing concern over the onslaught of modernism which threatened the existence of folk culture, Karnatak University Dharwad (KUD) Syndicate member S. S. Bhadrapur stressed the need for including folk literature in school and college curricula.

Speaking at a workshop on folk singing by Janapada Mantapa of Karnatak Vidyavardhak Sangha here on Thursday, Mr. Bhadrapur said folk literature, including folk songs, stories, puzzle, rituals etc., were facing the threat of extinction even in rural areas.

Due to the influence of modernism even in the villages, the folk culture was becoming a rarity these days, he said. Originally, Mr. Bhadrapur said, folk art forms were preserved and passed on to the next generation orally. But today that tradition was on the wane. To conserve and preserve folk traditions it was necessary to include them in school and college curricula. Children would know about these forms only if they learnt them at school, he said.

Mr. Bhadrapur praised the sangha’s efforts to support folk artistes through such programmes.

C. V. Hebballi, principal of KLE College, said folk art forms and literature were products of village people based on life experiences, and folk adages were repositories of wisdom.

Instead of depending on the government, voluntary organisations and individuals should take the initiative of preserving folk art.