Kerala State Folklore Akademi: An independent center for cultural affairs reviving interest in rural life – Kerala

“The Folklore Akademy, recently in its study and analysis have identified various other folklore art forms which are a part of our rich cultural heritage. ‘Brahmini pattu’, ‘Chaatt Pattu’, ‘Chakra Pattu’, ‘Kadal vanchi Pattu’ and the tribal songs are the recent additions to the folklore art. There are different types of tribal and traditional songs.

The tribal songs of each ‘Ooru’ (a tribal colony) are different,” he said. […]

According to Pradeep Kumar, as per their assessment, there are nearly 1,000 folk art forms existing in Kerala, which have been passed on from generation to generation.

Source: Folk Art Forms from Far and Wide to Converge in City
Date visited: 11 August 2019

KANNUR: Nowadays, it’s rare to hear folk songs being sung by contestants belonging to the tribal communities.  So, when a group of tribal girl students rendered the folk song ‘panthal patt’ at the state school youth festival on Sunday, not only was the audience enthralled, but a record was also created as the team from Government High School at Balal in Kasargod won an ‘A’ grade, a first for tribal students. | Read the full report here >>

The students of Government High School at Balal in Kasargod, who won ‘A’ grade at the State School Youth Fest in Kannur on Sunday | T K Swaroop >>

Source: Sahla Nechiyil, Express News Service, 23rd January 2017
Date visited: 11 August 2019

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Kerala Folklore Akademi, an independent center for cultural affairs, was established on 28 june 1995. The main objective of the akademi is to promote and project the traditional art forms of Kerala.

Kerala Folklore Akademi, an autonomours center for cultural affairs, is located in Kannur. Kannur District, Kerala.The institution was constituted by the Goverment of Kerala and works under the Cultural Affairs Department, Goverment of Kerala.

The institution provides financial assistance of folk artists.Economic aid programs and academic councils are conducted to promotr the traditional Kerala art forms. The institution aims to promote and preserve the traditional art forms of Kerala. Kerala Folklore Akademi was constituted by the Goverment of Kerala on 28 June 1995 under the Cultural Affairs Department,Goverment of Kerala, Trivandrum. The Institution was formed under the Travancore Cochin Literary, Scientific and Charitable Societies Registration act of 1955. It began functioning on 20 January 1996.

Ongoing projects.

Awards, Felloships and Gurupooja Puraskar to the established artists.Last year the distribution was as follows:Felloship – 3, Awards – 27, Gurupooja Puraskar – 22 A part from this, talented young artists are awarded Prasasthi Pathram also. On the name of our former Chairman late P.KKalan an award is constituted worth Rs.50000/- This year the award was given to the top most folk performing artists/researcher for their total contribution in the field of Folkelore.

Source: Kerala Folklore Akademi
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Date Visited: Tue Oct 07 2014 13:20:31 GMT+0200 (CEST)

The Hindu, KANNUR, August 22, 2011
Mohamed Nazeer

The Kerala State Folklore Akademi is planning to develop four ‘folk villages’ for preserving and displaying the unique features of rural life and culture.

The folk villages will be ‘living museums’ displaying features of indigenous rural culture, including the rich folk tradition and folk arts, the akademi’s new chairman, B. Muhammad Ahamed, told The Hindu here on Sunday. He said the folk villages would be modelled on similar projects in different parts of the world that showcased replicas of traditional cultural elements, practices, performances, skills, and craft. […]

Performance of folk arts and the ritual of Theyyam would be the major features of the folk village planned at Kannapuram, he said. A third folk village would be developed in a village in Malappuram, while the proposal to develop the fourth one in an Adivasi area to showcase Adivasi life and culture was under serious consideration. Talking about expanding the activities of the akademi, Prof. Ahamed, who had served as chairman of the akademi earlier also, said the institution was now planning to extend its activities to the southern parts of the State to popularise folk culture and create awareness among people in those areas. […]

A folklore centre was proposed in Chembai village in Palakkad district as part of this initiative […]. A similar centre was also proposed in Thiruvananthapuram district, he said. Prof. Ahamed said the akademi, established in 1995 with the objective of promoting and projecting the traditional art forms of the State, would also extend its efforts to identify folk artistes in financial difficulties and ill-health and offer them financial grant.

The development activities taken up on the premises of the akademi — located on the banks of a ‘chira’ (pond) at Chirakkal, the seat of the erstwhile Kolathiri Rajas — would also be completed, he said. A Cherusseri auditorium, which would have a statue of Cherusseri, was nearing completion and its inauguration was being planned as the first programme of the new board of the akademi. […]

The archives would house folklore items, including records and documents, from different parts of the State. The archives would be planned in a separate building on the same premises.

Folklore akademi plans ‘folk villages’ to revive public interest in the unique features of rural life.

Source: The Hindu : NATIONAL / KERALA : Space to preserve folk traditions
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Date Visited: Fri Sep 02 2011 21:49:49 GMT+0200 (CEST)

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