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Monsoon Retreat -2011


Our Master Artisans-Hanmi

Hanmi  -a talented creative master artisan

 Hanmi is from the bank of the river Sharavathi .Her crativty in art and crft closely connected with the land and the nature where she lived
She is a master  in oral  folk literature of Ramayan and Mahabharata, She is master in folk art and other craft skills like mat weaving, making containers and pot holders.Her skills extended in making torans with paddy shoots ,For her art work  she makes her brush and prepares her colours from the nature .

If the unexplored.. untouched..   dying folkart called ShediKale is still surviving  it is  because of  Hanmi  This ritualsitic art has no place in their community because the rituals are not in practice . Now it is  surviving as an art form  in Hanmi,s crafty hand because she  values it  . (Pl see the article Shedikale in this blog)

Hanmis a visiting artisan . a resource person an art professor at buda folklore research center. Students call her h…

The Herb Garden Project

This is to invite you to enrol for a rare and unique workshop/Project for schools and colleges on  a Herb Garden  and Wealth from Weeds.

In a time when unseen by our very own eyes, pesticides find their way into our bodies through food we eat, an inevitable cycle of unhealthy consumption and resultant ailments begins. Have we traded our health and that of our children to the convenience of readymade, processed, and often junk food? It is with a will to find and share simple inexpensive solutions to this problem, that we have devised a workshop for our children

The workshop will be conducted using hands on experience to learn and keep alive a dying knowledge system.

Would you like to be part of the problem or the solution?
Would you like to equip yourself with natural and easy ways to better health?
Would you like to truly enrich your children’s lives?

If yes is your answer to any or all of the above, then this workshop is for you.

What is special about this workshop    ;

This workshop…

Hand made Quilts

Nirmala akka's quilts
Posted by Carol who participated in Quilting workshop organised by buDa folklore in Bangalore All handmade and painstakingly done. These quilts are just gorgeous. So vibrant and full of good energy. If you'd like to purchase or place an order please email Savita Uday at

Posted by Carolat 8:39 AM Labels: 
Judy Sommerfield-Fox said... Absolutely gorgeous. What is most gorgeous is the smiles on these women's faces. April 23, 2011 8:50 AM Carol said...

Capturing the Folklore. aspects...

He is a friend.. blogger.. and a passionate photographer. His name is Raghavendra Rao.His blog is special for me because he brings the folklore through his camera with great wisdom and simplicity.I love the way he captured the folklore of his home town Gowribidanoor with great passion and love .His photographs with small write up  giving an insight into this world of Folklore.

I am hoping to translate this lore into English soon . He has succeeded in capturing something which is so precious, yet so many of us taken for granted and i wish him to continue capturing our rural heritage . Please see the link for his blog

ಬುಗುರಿ ಆಟ

         ಈ ಆಟವನ್ನು  ಸಾಮಾನ್ಯವಾಗಿ  ಗಂಡು  ಮಕ್ಕಳು ಹಳ್ಳಿಗಳಲ್ಲಿ  ಬುಗುರಿ  ಆಟವನ್ನು  ಹೆಚ್ಚಾಗಿ  ಆಡುತ್ತಾರೆ. ಈ   ಬುಗುರಿ  ಆಟಕ್ಕೆ ಇತಿಹಾಸದ  ಹಿನ್ನೆಲೆ  ಸಮೃದ್ದಿಯಾಗಿ  ಮಹಾಭಾರತ  ಕಥೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಪಾಂಡವರು  ಮತ್ತು  ಕೌರವರು  ಆಟದ  ಸನ್ನಿವೇಶದಲ್ಲಿ  ಕಾಣಿಸುತ

Handmade Mavinkurve locks -a dying art

Indigenous mechanical devices  Famous Handmade Mavinkurve locks                         Photo Varsha Samuel The dark kitchen rooms, festivals, the village fair, the sound of folk musical performance at night , the smell of  firewood, ,the kerosene lamps.. .…always stayed with me in my early childhood memories.

 I remember the big wooden chest where my grandmother keeps some unusual sweets (may be brought in the village fair) as a treasure, It was always locked with the metal Mavinkurve  lock..The key in black thread always hanged in her neck. When she opens the lock mean there is a treat for us.

Now the key is with me with lost lock and for me it’s an ornament .I use it as a pendent in my silver chain .I still have it and I feel proud of it. As it has a story, emotions, and my childhood memories with it. Strangely I never knew when i was a child these handmade key was made in Mavinkurve Island where now I plan my cultural study programmes!!. The story continued..!

Mavinkurve is an island …

These letters bring good feelings ...!

Amma and Savi

Photo: Varsha Samuel Rajkumar

Sam, Varsha and their daughter Joe visited Honnavar last month.  Varsha writes from the heart.. and so.. it means a lot to me..

 Savi's Amma and Appa came to Honnavara about 40 years back to study the folk culture of the place for their doctorate degrees. 
The research became a passion and even after getting their mandatory degrees, they continued their work with the tribals and have settled there since.
Over the years they have documented possibly every facet of tribal life at Honnavara and the nearby villages. They have set up a small museum of folk art and crafts and everyday implements. Ironically, when we visited a Halakki tribal home, Savi carried along musical instruments and ornaments from her collection to take along! The jewelery the Halakkis wear today and the instruments they play are not authentic but improvised versions.

Amma has a thriving herb and medicinal plant garden in her back yard that she has tended with care over the y…
Chai Chat - an invitation to pursue your passionPosted by jaya narayan

We all work for a living BUT do we truly, deeply, passionately love what we do? Very few amongst us actually do.
Most of us have resigned to the fact that enjoying what we do and making money are mutually exclusive. Now meet Savita, a dear friend and a fellow co traveler in the journey of personal growth. Savita to me represents someone who has nurtured a unique dream and has been able to make it commercially viable.

I hope her story can help us review our strengths, passions and avenues to bring them to life.
Me: Tell me something about what you do?
Savita: I have created “Buda Folklore” that is located in Honnavur in the Uttara Kannada region of Karnataka. Buda Folklores' vision is to emerge as a focal knowledge center for folk culture and heritage. We plan to create a folklore research center with an extensive database on various tribes and indigenous communities thereby ensuring publ…