Karnataka Folklore University is established with a specific objective of providing in greater platform in Folklore Studies. Karnataka Janapada Vishwavidyalaya was established in 2011 by an act, The Karnataka Janapada Vishwavidyalaya Adhiniyama 2011, of the Government of Karnataka to fulfill the long felt desire of folklorists of Karnataka and to develop Kannada folkloristics on scientific principles. Karnataka Janapada Vishwavidyalaya was established in 2011 by an act, The Karnataka Janapada Vishwavidyalaya Adhiniyama 2011, of the Government of Karnataka to fulfill the long felt desire of folklorists of Karnataka and to develop Kannada folkloristics on scientific principles.
The university is located at Gotagodi in an idyllic surrounding, in a transitional geographic setting between the leeward of the picturesque Sahyadri range to the west and the rolling plain of Northern Maidan on the east. The campus is located in the revenue limits of Shiggavi Taluk, Haveri District, Karnataka.
There can be no doubt that this university will bring to perspective the vibrant folk culture of Karnataka to topmost level of visibility among all other cultural forms of Karnataka and bring to fruition the meaningful initiative of the Government of Karnataka. At present in the whole of Asia this is the only university providing advanced teaching, learning and research opportunities to students of folklore and it has a commitment to excel in translating its vision and mission into reality.
Establishment of this university has certainly added a new dimension to higher education in Karnataka, worthy of emulation by other linguistic states of India, as the next frontier of inclusive studies of Kannada culture.
There is an urgent need of exploring the traditional art and cultural glory through research and it is needed to disseminate the abundant skill of specific arts, embedded in the life of the people of our land. There is an ample treasure of knowledge which is yet to be unveiled for the purpose of utilization. At this juncture the Folklore University is established. Read More
Karnataka is a land of myriad of aboriginal communities that have colonized a diverse variety of ecosystems from time immemorial. While practising distinctive life-ways, such as hunting-gathering, fishing, nomadic and settled pastoralism, incipient and developed food producing, as a successful means of adaptation, have given rise to distinctive cultural lore that has been handed down through successive generations. These communities are at various stages of acculturation. Besides this, urbanized communities also share rural and urban space and have preserved distinctive forms of art and craft tradition. lnter-gradation between tradition and modernity is imperceptible. Under the large umbrella of Kannada identity the rich folklore reveals distinctive elements that need to be documented and systematically studied for posterity. Read More
Establish three distinctive and vital inter-related productive organs of the university — Adhyayanaanga, Samsodhanaanga and Prasaaraanga — under proactive Adalithaanga. Establish a broad based indigenous science of folkloristics that will eventually provide disciplinary status to various branches of ‘ folklore, i.e. legends, myths, tales (short and tall), oral history, proverbs, riddles, iokes, popular beliefs, music, deities, etc., that are the traditions of a culture of a group, adornment, rituals, celebrations, knowledge systems (art, craft, technology, food, medicine, etc.). Work towards drafting a Folklore Preservation Act. Since folkloristics shares methodologies and theoretical interests and approaches with cultural anthropologists, social historians, sociologists, sociolinguists, material culture scholars and scholars engaged in the study of the vernacular providing space for an interdisciplinary forum to evolve a high quality dynamic course structure for both graduate studies and research will be carried out on priority.. Read More