Field trip to JanapadaLoka

As a part of the learning stages of IM 2 –Our Expressions,(Tribal culture influences ethnic expressions),the students of Grade V A ,V B and V C were taken to the Janapada Loka. Janapada Loka is a house of rural artifacts which bring out the theme of "folk literature, music, dance, festivals, sculpture and lifestyle". This field trip was organized to help the children understand the folk traditions of Karnataka. Janapada Loka, a "folk cosmos" was established on 12th March 1994, creating a village ambiance.

The entry gate to the museum gives an impressive greeting to the visitors. It has brass trumpets on the two pillars of the gate hoisted with "Harige" and Nandidwajas (flags of Nandi). The front face of the gate has images of Shiva and Vishnu.

The first museum building in the complex we visited was the Lokamatha Mandira .The exhibits in this museum included various types of rural household items and agricultural tools such as bead panels, wall pegs, fans, granary, table lamp stands, rat traps, balance, different types of stoves, ragi grinders, measuring cylinders, churners, jars to store pickles and wooden baby cradle. Loka Mahal had a display of 5,000 folk artifacts. This wing of the museum is a double storied building, which has exhibits of large dolls of artists who perform folk dance. The displays here included the pictures of various tribes of Karnataka. The various displays were leather puppets of Ganapathi, Krishna, Dharmaraya, Duryodhana, Subhadra and Draupadhi. The exhibits also included various instruments like drums, tambura and ekatari.

Then we visited the Chitra Kuteera, which commemorates the museum's founder H L Nage Gowda. The displays here included photographs of his work and his interaction with the tribal people and folk tribes.

Then we visited the Doddamane (meaning "big house") which is a replica of a large traditional village house. The layout of the house consists of a pillared central courtyard in the house. This house is currently used as a community house of the museum complex where seminars, workshops etc. are held. Residential facilities are provided to folk artistes who are involved in the making of handicrafts ( such as pottery and wooden toys) and who are also associated with training people interested in the folk art.

We also enjoyed the musical treat, of a folksong “Chellidaru Malligeya” by the guide involving the students. Ayagaramala is an open yard where the exhibits relate to pottery, cottage industries, machinery for sugarcane crushing and oil extraction, a "bullock cart", and a wooden chariot used in temple processions. Children were excited to watch the pot making and diya making.