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Indian Tribes-Oral Heritage

Hanmi is the one of the few artists who has mastered the oral epic songs and other verbal art.  She belongs to Gamokkalu tribe from Uttara Kannada district Karnataka .Sadly now Hanmi is the only person in her community who can sing the entire Mahabharata and we are losing time .
There is a  need to document not only the oral literature of this tribe but it is equally important to document the way they sing, the tunes and the contexts to understand the culture and tradition of this tribe .The treasure trove for the next generation.

Invitation -Hand Quilting Workshop-2012


The Art of Traditional Quilt Making with Nirmalakka—3-Day Workshop@ Bangalore

The Art of Traditional  Quilt Making  BuDa with Nirmalakka—3-Day Workshop@ Bangalore

Mark your calendars! Due to countless requests, Nirmalakka will be returning to Bangalore to present her 3-Day Quilting Workshop from Buda folklore.

Quilts and other-cloth-based narratives are part of many cultures. Nirmalakka, who works with buDa folklore uses her expertise in needle craft to make traditional quilts that have passed down from mothers to daughters from generation to generation. She will not only share her techniques and patterns in the process of stitching these traditional fabrics, but also share her customs and colourful heritage with you.

Now you can also have the opportunity to join Nirmalakka; and with her guidance, you also can appreciate this old, magnificent tradition while weaving your own stories through fabric.  Please join us—whether you are a novice or an expert in quilt creations.  You will enjoy spending time with Nirmalakka and making a mini quilt of your own.

The deta…

We need volunteers !

We are proud to inform you that we have added another location to the buDa Folklore Map. We are setting foot in Angadibail ,Ankola! In addition to our existing centre at Honnavar, the new one at Ankola will offer students and researchers a wider perspective on folk culture, environment and sustainable development.
While we are in the process of making the Folklore Research and Study centre at  Angadi bail functional by June 2012, we would like to have volunteers to help us set-up our new unit. Location buDa folklore have come out with a new  set up @Angadibail 40km from Ankola town spread over in 16 acres of fertile land and surrounded by western Ghats and picturesque of hills.
                   Water is abundant in the form of streams and natural fountains

                      Angadibail is a perfect blend of malnad and costal weather

1. Green architecture and design - Starts in the month of   May Existing building requires modification in way that reflects Sustainable architecture with…

Summer nostalgia…

Summer nostalgia… Growing up in small town in Honnavar was great in many aspects, but the one that's shaped me the most is the freedom to roam, explore. We had endless energy.. We never knew about Switzerland but only grand ma’s backyard, that was simply enough and that has given all the memories for the rest of the life…
Everyone generation has a story to tell and memories to re-live, of how their summers were spent. Nostalgia is the flavor of the season that I now so often indulge in…. where summer was about people, mangoes, going to the village fair.. , Catching fish in the streams, collecting wild berries, preparing kaaju juice.. raw mango pachdi, Listing to the radio under the shade of mango tree.. vividh-bharati.., aalemane … and play and play all the time.
So it's the beginning of summer holidays! I love this ode to careless, free summers.. Bright mornings …cool evenings.. Summer showers... Birds chirping everywhere..

Now, summer is felt, not only because of the scorching hea…

Rooted in tradition

Rooted in tradition HERITAGE
Buda Folklore, an NGO headquartered in Honnavar, has a vast database on various tribes and indigenous communities of Uttara Kannada, writes Sumana Bharadwaj

Their love for folk heritage and culture is so deep that this scholarly couple from Honnavar, N R Nayak and Shanthi Nayak, chucked their careers as professors, and took to safeguarding the rich culture of indigenous communities of Uttara Kannada.

They have meticulously documented their extensive field and research work of over four decades in an effort to preserve native knowledge, folk culture and oral traditions for posterity. Between the two of them, they have authored over 80 books on folk literature, arts, crafts, dance, food, drinks, songs, games, medicinal plants, costumes, etc. Today, carrying on this legacy forward is their daughter Savita Uday. She founded an NGO, Buda Folklore, to save and share the precious knowledge. Headquartered in Honnavar, it has a vast database on various tribes and i…

Holy Scrap!: I was Featured !

Holy Scrap!: I was Featured !: Well, not really, but it makes for good copy, right? :-) It was more of a mention on my Dutch fellow-quilter-blogger's blog. And it was more...

Rediscovering the forgotten recipes and the lost art of local traditional cooking…

Food is always given utmost importance in any culture and every community has its unique cuisine. A closer observation reveals that the local environment has a strong relation to these food practices. While there is science involved in knowing the right measure of ingredients and when to add to what - like in a chemistry lab; there is creativity and craft involved in using things the nature/environment has to offer and making food look appealing on that banana leaf.

Unknown or forgotten, the diversity of local preparations has been ignored in the rush to modernization and western way of eating practices. 

Many a age old recipes, the tools and the techniques buried in ancient kitchens,. The skilled mothers lost their recipes and skill in the name of modernity. 

Have age old local traditional recipes already become extinct? Or, with the changing eating patterns of today, will these traditional recipes be lost forever to the world?
Buda folklore looks to revive the dying culinary art of thi…

Quilting Workshop @Bangalore

Quilts and other cloth-based narrative art are part of many cultures. Quilts serve as both personal and communal objects and are a form of artistic expression too. These are often made by hand collaboratively using materials such as scraps of cloth.

When these scraps of cloth are put together, there is much more than gross geometrical patterns .... they tell a story about their creator, the historical and cultural context of their creation through the choices made in design, material and content. Haliyal is a small town in Uttara Kannada district. In each house you will find women making quilts for the monsoon season. After a tiring day's work,the women settle down in the verandah to work on their quilts. An old sari is used as a backing for the pattern created from pieces of used cloth. The colorful bits of cloth are often lovingly gathered from family and friends over a period of time.The quilting practice also helps understand how women in villages / small towns always found use …