Mangaluru: The Third edition of Mangaluru Lit fest that attempts to showcase the ancient Indian wisdom of peace inaugurated on Saturday, 27 March at the ocean pearl.
In the second session, the delegates discussed the importance of folk culture 'Nelada Bhashe, Manada Maatu: Navbharatake Desi Sogadu' session was hosted by Dr. Rohinaksha Shirlalu.
Dr. Anandappa B.H Jogi of the Janapada University of Haveri said, "The modern pupil doesn't know anything about local culture and its unique practices. Folk art has its own importance, the country's first culture is folk then it through written words we have other culture. Government and education must start folk art as a subject in the syllabus. Our children must know about it said. Media must turn its head towards the local culture and they should highlight the importance of desi culture but through the OTT platform.
Speaking on this occasion Satyabod Joshi, Creative Head of AsiaNet Suvarna Bengaluru, said, "We are wasting time in pre-wedding photoshoots but we are not using drone cameras to tell the stories and dwelling centers of soliga tribals. We have must have that interests in shooting good documentaries. Show a life on tribals, their culture. A lot of folklore culture still untouched, the world wants to know about it. A lot of information could be available on local cultural deities such as Manteswami, mailara, madeshwara, junappa, yallamma, yettappa. University studies give us a lot of information about folklore art and culture. But through cameras, all these cultures must be documented."
Folk artist Mangala Siddi said "Siddi tribals have their unique culture and tradition. They dance to the tunes of nature. Forest is their inspiration. Age-old practices are still visible in the tribe. The folk tradition has been handed down through generations."
"Our music instruments especially drums are self-prepared and are not influenced by modern, western music. Music instruments that Siddis use are purely from the forest, animal skin used to make the drum, its beats are more akin to the birds' chirp, and animals roar and close with nature. Folklore losing its importance in the modern days. Folklore should be included in the modern education system. we must work to develop our culture, our heritage, our folklore," she informed.
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