The Karnataka government has made a giant leap into the promotion of the rich and varied folklore of the state by setting up an arts institute at Gotagodi village, Haveri district, Karnataka on Saturday. Known as Karnataka Janapada University of Gotgodi Village, it was inaugurated by state Chief Minister Sadananda Gowda. The university will offer more than 50 certificate courses in various forms of folklore.
“During the current academic year, six study centres and three certificate courses would be started,” said Gowda.
Veteran folklore artiste Ambalike Hiriyanna has been appointed Vice-Chancellor of the university. He stated that the institute will be the first of its kind in the world. According to Hiriyanna Karnataka has an estimate of 187 folklore arts.
Others who were present at the occasion were PWD Minister CM Udasi,Water Resources Minister Basavaraj S Bommai, Minister of Cultural Affairs Govind Karjol, MLAs Chandrakanth Bellad, MP Prahlad Joshi, MLC Basavaraj Horatti, Somanna Bevinamarad, Chairperson of Kannada Development Authority Mukyamantri Chandru, Chairperson of Janapada Academy GO.Ru.Channabasappa, CM Udasi and Jagadish Shettar.
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