Educated people must contribute to the upliftment of villages, said former chairman of Karnataka Janapada Academy Go.Ru. Channabasappa.

He was inaugurating the foundation day celebrations at Karnataka Folklore University (KFU) at Gotagodi in Shiggaon taluk, Haveri, on Monday.

Mr. Channabasappa said only when educated people from rural areas felt passionate about their village and community could rural life and culture be protected and nourished.

He said that the State and the country would develop only when rural areas were developed.Funds

Mr. Channabasappa highlighted the need for funds for the development of the folklore university. Folk artiste Belagali Viranna highlighted the role played by the university in promoting folk arts and called on folk artistes to join hands with the university in its endeavours.

Presiding over the function, KFU Vice-Chancellor Ambalike Hiriyanna elaborated on initiatives taken by the university.

Registrar C.A. Somashekharappa, senior research officer Premkumar and others were present.