Many braved the biting cold to witness the nightlong folk show

CULTURAL EVENT: Chairman of the Malnad Area Development Board A.S. Padmanabh Bhat inaugurating the `Janapada Jagarane' in Shimoga on Friday night on the occasion of Mahashivaratri.  

Special Correspondent

`Janapada Jagarane' organised on Kuvempu Rangmandir premises

SHIMOGA: "Janapada Jagarane", a nightlong folk programme, was arranged jointly by the district administration and the Kannada and Culture Department at the Kuvempu Rangmandir here on Friday on the occasion of the Mahashivaratri.

Chairman of the Malnad Area Development Board (MADB) A.S. Padmanabh Bhat who inaugurated the programme said the folklore which was prevalent even before the advent of literature should be preserved.

Musician and member of the Karnataka Sangeet Nritya Academy Vidwan Sringeri H.S. Nagaraj who was the chief guest said folk arts were important, particularly at a time when Indian culture was passing through a critical phase on account of globalisation.

Member of the Rajya Janapada Jatha Committee Srikanth Kudige, Superintendent of Police Arun Chakravarthy, Assistant Director of Kannada and Culture N. Harikumar, Assistant Director of Information Devarajaiah and T.R. Ashwathnarayan and R.S. Halaswamy were present.

"Burra Katha" rendered by Daroji Eeramma of Haledaroji of Sandur in Bellary district, recipient of the Nadoja Award instituted by the Kannada University at Hampi this year, was the highlight of the programme.

The other programmes which won the accolades included: "Hagalu Vesha-Mahishasura Bhasmasura" by Ashwaramanna of Hale Daroji of Sandur in Bellary district, "Janapada Geethegalu" by Shimoga K. Yuvaraj, "Bedara Kunita" by Ramakrishna Sugandhi of Mahi Kala Tanda of Hangal in Haveri district, "Sri Krishna Parijata" by Mallikarjun Mudakavi and troupe of Dadanahalli in Mudhol of Bagalkot district,"Dollu" by the Vinayak Dollu Troupe of Kaleshwar of Hosnagar in Shimoga district. "Bhajane" by Lakkambika Bhajana Mandali of Arahatolalu in Bhadravati taluk and Basaweshwara Bhajana Sangh of Gadikoppa of Shimoga, "Halage Mela" by Marikamba Tamate Sangh of Jannapur in Bhadrapur and "Veeragase" by Rajarajeshwari Yuvak Sangh of Koranahalli in Tarikere taluk of Chikmagalur district.

That a number of people witnessed the colourful programmes braving the biting cold at night was proof of the popularity of the off beat programme.