Life is dull without folklore: MLA

Staff Correspondent

HASSAN: Life becomes empty if we forget folklore, said MLA Putte Gowda in Shravanabelagola on Sunday. He regretted that the advent of technology was taking people away from their traditions. He said life without folklore would be a vacuum.

He was presiding over a function at Chavundaraya Mantapa where the district administration had organised Janapada Jatre (Folklore Festival).

Mr. Putte Gowda said modernisation had made the world a small window, which, in turn, had made life artificial.

In those days, farmers used to sing songs while sowing, harvesting, during marriages, religious functions. They searched God through these songs and this led to the origin of folklore.

"I have travelled across the world but none of the culture that exist elsewhere could beat our folklore," he said

Inaugurating the festival, Deputy Commissioner K.S. Ashwathanarayana Gowda said Janapada had the strength to take people to cultural heights and the district administration had decided to celebrate Janapada festival two days in a month one in Hassan and the other in a tourist centre.

Sri Charukirthi Bhattaraka Swamiji, who attended the function, lauded the efforts of the Government in rejuvenating Janapada at a time when traditions were diminishing.

Folklore was born amid common people and hence it touched everyone's heart. Folklore was alive in villages. Now it should be popularised in the cities also, he said.

As part of the festival, folklore troupes from Mandya, Karwar, Davangere, Chitradurga and Hassan exhibited their talent.

Superintendent of Police Panduranga Rane and Hassan Zilla Panchayat Chief Executive Officer F.R. Jamaadar were present.

Madan Gowda welcomed the gathering.

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