Timings: 3:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Sprawling across 15 acres and idyllically located at Ramanagaram,
53 kms from Bangalore, on Bangalore-Mysore highway, this folk art
world is a subsidiary of Karnataka Janapada Parishath
dedicated to preserve and promote folk art and culture of Karnataka.
This vast green belt area houses museums of folk objects, an art
gallery, an open air theatre, a studio, and several areas marked
for seminars, discussions and informal meetings.
Keenly interested in preserving and promoting the rich folk heritage of
Karnataka, Janapada Loka reflects the essence of folk culture which
includes literature, music, dance, theatre, festival,
painting and life style.
Selections from the famous folk dances of Karnataka such as
Pooja Nritya, Dollu Kunitha, Yakshagana, Bombeyata, are being
organized for this tour. Yakshagana, popularly known as
Bayalata (open place play) or Ata (play), is a
traditional theatre form combining dance, music, spoken word,
costume-makeup, and stage technique with a distinct style and form.
Yakshagana is actually a dance-opera that has 200 to 300 stanzas
set to various meters. The bhagvata or the
conductor of the dance-opera first sings a verse and the characters
interpret it through expressional dance. The characters are divided
into certain principal types. Noble kings have a large black
moustache and a sacred red mark on the forehead. A gilded crown
adds appeal to king and heroes.
To the right are shown images from the Yakshagana ballet Gadayuddha,
a story from the epic Mahabharatha.