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Gersoppa- Nagar Basti

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A village in Honnavar ,Gersoppa is 24 KM from Honnavar The place is mentioned in several inscriptions as Naggarbastikeri,or just Nagare. It is on the other side of the river Sharavathi.On the bamk is the present village and on the other the old town with its historical remains.This was the capital town of the Salwa kings of Gersoppa from the early 14th century and continued to be so till 1606


There is a small boat taking people across from the river bank. My mother and i waited this side of the river bank thinking about how to reach Nagar basthi.We enquired people about the duration of time to reach basthi They are not sure ..It is varied 30 min to one hour .I was not in a mood to trek that far as i was tired due to my previous days beach trekking


It was Deepavali time early morning we reached the river bank.Boat men are not ready to take us until they performed Puja to their boat.We waited almost 1 hour to get this ritual get over


We negotiated for 150 rupees to reach Nagarbasthi in…

Winter Beach Trek from Honnavar to Gokarna

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This is a warm invitation to students and friends familiar with the work happening at Honnavar to join me on a winter beach trek and to spend a few days at Honnavar in the month of October and January. I would like to have a mixed group of students and friends, do feel free to invite your friends. Let us limit this to age 15 up.




Dates are slightly flexible and can depend partly on the participants' convenience. The tentative dates are 23rd Oct to 30th Oct  and 14 th Jan  to 17th Jan. If moving the dates a little bit this way or that enables you to join us, please let me know.



I am thinking of a beach trek of four days followerd by four days at Honnavar, involved with activities here, interacting with tribals and making day trips. The beach trek will start at Honnavar and end @ Gokarna



You are welcome to participate only in the beach trek, only for the days at Honnavar, or for the whole trip. in the month of January.





Please let me know if you are interested by 15th Oct and 5th Jan. Y…

Educational tours at Honnavar

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Buda folklore -a center for folklore research and documentation located in Honnavar -Uttara kannada region. is conducting educational tours on environment and culture in the Western Ghat region.


Buda Folklore Center dedicated to the understanding of local cultures and traditional knowledge backed by over 45 years of field research and documentation. The organization has established folklore Center as a predominant area of study and research with a vast database on various tribes and indigenous communities of uttara kannda region , thereby creating public access and awareness about folklore

The folklore center has designed study modules based on the topic of interest. The expertise , who are pioneers in folklore research will guide, provide assistance with local liaison and also host the students on such a programme.


Study of Tribes


The organization works primarily in rural settlements. It takes students and culture travelers to the field to gain hands on work experience and thereby …

The art of Quilt making

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Quilts and other cloth-based narrative art are part of many cultures. Made by hand -- often collaboratively -- using familiar materials such as scraps of clothing, quilts are both personal and communal objects. Quilting continues to be largely a home-based form of women's artistic expression.

They also tell a story about their creators and about the historical and cultural context of their creation through the choices made in design, material, and content. The stories that reflect the lives of the people who create them and that record the cultural history of a particular place and time.

In Uttara Karnataka  region in each house you find women making quilts for the monsoon season. After the day’s work, sitting on the verandah, the women settle down to work on their quilts. The sari will serve as a backing for the pattern created from pieces of used clothing, lovingly gathered from family and friends.

These utilitarian efforts have a visual strength one sees in the most sophistic…

Innovation for Living- Samhitha Somayaji: Honnavar

Innovation for Living- Samhitha Somayaji: Honnavar: "¨Four day trip to Honnavar a North Canara district in Karnataka is a home to many tribes. We had no idea what we would be working on over th..."

Tribal wealth

Folk art- shedi kale

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Shedi Kale: Folk art from the river bank



Shedi Kale is a folk art practiced by the Gamokkalu/patgararu community in Uttara kannada district of Karnataka. Gamokkalu from coastal Karnataka, who lives in the bank of the Sharavati river uses naturally/locally available wet clay paste (sheadi-the thin paste of white clay) to draw the strokes. Shedi is available in nature in the local areas. Sankrati is the ideal time to collect the clay. They also prepare natural black colour by using raagi and burnt dry coconut.


The lines and patterns on these paintings each symbolize an aspect of nature or depict the religious, social agricultural practices of the community. The drawing has been seen on the walls, floors, doorframes, doorsteps and in front of tulsi katte .

Natures brush





The main feature of shedi’s motif is 3, 4, or 5 strokes with a special hand made natural brush called gerke or jaali sippe. It has got 3 or 4 teeth made from betel nut’s outer husk.(see picture).It would help to draw 2 or…