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Rejoicing the Folk: Janapada Loka Near Bengaluru

By: Akshatha Vinayak

How do you track the general culture of the people? Forgetting about the caste-based distinctions, one way to recognise the traditions of a particular region is through Janapada (the folk culture), that unites everyone. Janapada Loka translates to the 'Folk World' which traces and preserves the folk traditions of Karnataka. Janapada Loka is one of the must visit places near Bengaluru.

Janapada Loka Entrance

Janapada Loka Entrance
Photo Courtesy: Sandeshsandym

It is a brainchild of Shri Nagegowda who had a great love for Karnataka's folk cultures. Janapada Loka consists of a vast collection of photos, artefacts and various other exhibits which were the extensive research and hard work done by Nagegowda.

You will love the aura of this place as you set foot past through the exotic gate of Janapada Loka. Tourists will see a different world altogether as they walk along. There are several sections, each of them are rich in beauty and knowledge.

Tribal Woman

A Scultpture of Tribal Woman
Photo Courtesy: Cherishsantosh

Loka Matha Mandira, Loka Mahal, Shilpa Mala, Loka Sarovara, Namma Halli (Heritage Village), Amphitheatre and Doddamane are the attractions you should cover at Janapada Loka.

Loka Matha Mandira

Loka Matha Mandira is a museum with a wide collection of Karnataka's rural folk culture. It also exhibits daily usage materials like utensils, storage boxes, etc. which were used by the people of different regions in Karnataka.

Loka Mahal

Loka Mahal is vibrant and colourful; you will see the life-sized dolls of various folk art forms of Karnataka. You will also see several tribes and tribal culture that existed across the state.

Yakshagana

A Life-Sized Doll of Yakshagana Artist
Photo Courtesy: Cherishsantosh

Shilpa Mala

Shilpa Mala is dedicated for various stone sculptures belonging to different time periods. The intricate carvings and the stone sculptures will take you back in time.

Loka Sarovara

Loka Sarovara, the small lake of Janapada Loka blends well with the ambience of the place.

Musical instruments

Exhibits of the some musical intruments
Photo Courtesy: Cherishsantosh

Heritage Village

Heritage Village is a place where you can see many artisans at work. Pottery making, folk painting, oil mill, etc. A walk through the Heritage Village will give you a practical knowledge about some handicrafts.

Chitra Kuteera

It has several photographs of Nagegowda's research on tribal communities.

Janapada Loka is not just a museum but also a thriving research centre. It is the centre for various cultural activities that goes on at the amphitheatre. A grand festival called Lokotsava happens every year where several artists come and perform at the event.

Janapada Loka

Swams at Janapada Loka
Photo Courtesy: Cherishsantosh

Timings of Janapada Loka

Janapada Loka is open from 9.00 am to 5.30 pm. Tuesdays are holidays and entry fee should be paid to visit around. There is a nominal fee for photography and videography.

Janapada Loka is a big world in itself; the hard work of the founder, artisans and guides makes this a vibrant and lovely place. It is one of the best tourist places that is entirely dedicated to the rich folk arts of Karnataka.

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