Journey of Karnataka Folklore University
1. Dr V. S. Acharya, the Higher Education Minister for Karnataka released the emblem and motto of the University on 29, December 2011. 2. Karnataka Janapada Vishwavidyalaya Masoud -2011 is accepted in Karnataka Assembly on 10th December 2011. 3. Karnataka Janapada Vishwavidyalaya Masoud 2011 is accepted in Karnataka Vidhana Parishath on 15th December 2011. 4. The Initial Grant of Rs. 10 lakhs is released from Department of Kannada and Culture to Karnataka Janapada Vishwavidyalaya for the Development on Kannada Nadu-Nudi.


Karnataka Folklore University


Karnataka is a land of a 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.

Kannada oral traditions and all forms of the intangible heritage of Karnataka folklore constitute a veritable repository of indigenous and traditional knowledge systems and culture with immense potential for academic harness, public outreach and transformation of oral lore into tangible lore. Multiple modern documentation techniques will facilitate this avowed goal. The 20th century witnessed the growth of folkloristics and subaltern studies as subsidiary disciplines within the confines of social sciences and humanities. The realization that reconstruction of the history of Desi Samskriti (folk culture) and tracing the roots of Kannada identity in its entire ramification can be achieved through systematic ethnography and inter-cultural studies and that this mammoth task can only be completed through a university endeavour in the 2lst century paradigm has led to the establishment of Karnataka Janapada Vishwavidyalaya. This university has been conceived as a nodal centre of learning as well as a major hub of intellectual exchange among scholars (humanities and social sciences) and the society at large. Truly folklore is more than ancient mythic narratives. it represents the next frontier of humanist research challenges. Karnataka Janapada Vishwavidyalaya's gift to the future generation will be redeeming the subaltern studies from the narrow confines of history and dissemination of traditional knowledge systems to the world at large, particularly in the face of rapid urbanization and modernization affecting the continuity of indigenous cultural systems.



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, jokes, 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.

Since folkloristics is primarily concerned with the role of vernacular cultural forms and practices in the making of social life, the Adhyayanaanga will formulate and disseminate courses at both graduate and postgraduate levels; the Samsodhanaanga will organize research at doctoral, postdoctoral and faculty levels; and the Prasaaraanga will disseminate through publication and outreach research findings to raise the level of awareness and concern among the people at large.

Comparative folkloristics will help identify the distinctiveness of the Kannada folklore.

A separate department dedicated to the library, archive and information science will meet the requirements of the vital organs of the university that will ensure the steady growth of the academic productivity of the University. Special outreach activity will include extension lectures, regional centres, interactive museums and exhibitions as both on and off campus activities.



1. To provide for higher education and research in all the subjects of folklore, literature, art, music, theatre, handicrafts, folk medicine, food, beverage, cottage industries etc., of Karnataka. 


2. To provide an opportunity for the study of the culture of Kannada speaking and other Dravidian languages speaking people and culture of the people and culture of the people speaking other languages. 


3. To provide for the study heritage of the indigenous/traditional knowledge with the awareness that “Indigenous culture is not monolithic but redemptively pluralistic”. 


4. To assist in the development of all neglected rural communities and tribes of Karnataka.


5. To strengthen the indigenous culture to face the challenges of globalization effectively.


6. This being the first folklore university in the world, it has to be promoted as a model university to all the countries particularly to the developing countries.


7. To collect, compile and publish the folklore of all the communities of different areas in Karnataka scientifically through extensive fieldwork.


8. To preserve the collected folklore materials through multimedia documentation in a systematic manner in digital form.


9. To collect the available materials used in the rural and tribal life in the different areas of Karnataka before they disappear and to exhibit them systematically in the indoor and outdoor exhibitions and to make those places attractive tourist spots.


10. To introduce folklore as one of the subjects of learning at schools, colleges and higher education centres and also to provide for research at the university level and to confer degrees. To educate interested people through distance education. 


11. To study folklore on multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary base and to promote research at higher levels. 


12. To make a comparative study of the folklore of different languages and communities of Karnataka.


13. To encourage comparative study of Karnataka folklore along with folklore of other states of India. Similarly to encourage the study of the folklore of South Asia and other nations of the world, particularly, the folklore of developing countries. To implement these objects to enter into an agreement with other University/research centres of the State of Karnataka, India and the world.


14. To facilitate translations of Karnataka folklore and significant folklore studies into English, Hindi and other Indian and foreign languages. And also to translate folklore texts and significant folklore studies available in other Indian languages and languages of the world into Kannada.


15. To establish Prasaranga for publication of diversities of folklore by the University. To publish books, newspapers, research papers and other publications through the Prasaranga. To propagate the folklore art and culture through multimedia. To arrange public lectures by scholars and artists to create awareness among the general public regarding folklore.


16. To make efforts, for promoting the cottage industries and professional skills, providing self-dependence and self-employment.


17. To provide financial security and facilitating markets for products of traditional crafts.


18. To impart essential education aimed at healthy and harmonious society by eradicating impertinent, unreasonable, inhuman and unscientific factors that may exist in the folklore.


19. To create self-confidence among the neglected communities by bringing them into the mainstream of the society through modern education. To establish a separate developing faculty for the purpose of maximum utilization of folklore in informal education, mass communication and rural development activities.


20. To formulate schemes related to the study of folklore and its implementation from time to time.