HUBLI: If everything goes as per the plan of the Kannada and culture department, then the commercial city of Hubli will soon have Janapada Loka, which would display the rich customs and rural lifestyle of the state. The state already has one such Janapada Loka in Ramanagaram.
The Kannada and culture department, which has earmarked Rs 50 lakh for the purpose in its action plan for 2010-11, is trying to locate a suitable place, preferably off Pune-Bangalore NH to house the project.
Kannada and culture department assistant director B D Hiregoudar said at least 20 acres of land is required for the project, and that they have been finding it difficult to locate the same off PB Road. But he said the DC is trying his best to locate the land somewhere off NH itself as setting up the centre there will help attract more people.
Hiregoudar said the Janapada Loka of Ramanagaram will be kept as a model for the new one, which will emphasize on north Karnataka lifestyle and culture. About 80% of artifacts and rural creations will represent the rural folk of north Karnataka, while the rest will highlight that of Old Mysore region and coastal Karnataka.
The folklore centre will introduce people to the collection of local agricultural equipment that have almost disappeared, models of men wearing `Reshme Pataga' (silk turban) which was a must for those attending marriages, women draped in indigenous Ilkal and Chandrakale sarees, some folk dances like Hejje Mela and Doddata, dressing of tribals and Lambani.
He said the centre will have a museum to display artifacts, a Samskrutika Bhavana where cultural programmes and festivals will be held, a research centre to help university students carry out research activities on rural life, a residential school, etc. The works towards the centre will start as soon as the land is made available and the department director has promised to sanction the funds as and when required.
DC Darpan Jain said the location to set up the folklore centre will be announced shortly.